Last week Friday I had the pleasure of experiencing the winter special menu at La Petite Colombe in Franschhoek. The food was exquisite. The attention to detail on every dish was inspiring. This was hands down my favourite fine dining experience in the country so far. Every single course was a celebration of its ingredients and it was evident that a lot of love and care went into each element. The winter menu is exceptionally good value for money and runs until 31 August so if you haven’t been I suggest you get yourself there with a touch of speed.
We were also fortunate enough to be treated to the wine pairing along with the winter menu. Andrew, the sommelier, was outstanding and the wine choices were flawless. They complimented each dish beautifully, some were old favourites while others I had never experienced before. The Saxenberg ‘Limited Release’ Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon 2011 (Stellenbosch) was a particularly delightful white blend that I am still dreaming about today.
It is almost impossible to pick my favourite dish. The tortellini of prawn, quail, curried hake velouté, cauliflower and coriander was as good as it gets. The textures and flavours sang together. The tiny little angel hair like wisps of fried sweet potato were a revelation. They were so good we asked one of the chefs how to make them!
Another highlight for me was the “meet the chefs” which is a R70 supplement and you get to head to the kitchen (glass of wine in hand of course) and enjoy a surprise course right next to the pass. Ours was a play on eggs & soldiers. The soldier was toasted brioche with a foie gras filling. Let’s just say I could have eaten one hundred of those fine morsels. It was sublime!
Another major ‘ooooh’ moment was after dessert when we received our La Petite Colombe Treasures. That little nugget of gold was something else. It was full of creamy chocolate ganache, nuts and popping candy! We were all utterly charmed and it left you with a feeling of delight and playfulness.
Here’s a look at the utter perfection we were lucky enough to experience:
Caraway sourdough, home churned butter, sesame and roasted yeast
Môreson Solitaire Blanc de Blancs (Franschhoek)
Poached oyster, pernod, grapefruit, verjuice, dill, apple, celery
Colmant Brut Chardonnay 2006-2013 (Franschhoek)
Yellowfin tuna, aubergine, miso, kalamansi, avocado
Mullineux ‘Old vines’ 2016 (Swartland)
Tortellini of prawn, quail, curried hake velouté, cauliflower, coriander
Saxenberg ‘Limited Release’ 2011 (Stellenbosch)
“Meet the chefs”
Eggs & Soldiers
Blood orange sorbet
Linefish, soubise, smoked mussel, squid, endive, chorizo, creamed leeks
Rickety Bridge ‘Paulina’s Reserve’ Semillion 2015 (Franschhoek)
Seared duck breast, turnip, Jerusalem artichoke, rhubarb & lavender
Haut Espoir Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Franschhoek)
Foxenberg goat’s cheese, goats milk caramel, kouign amann, guava, tamarind
Vonderling ‘Sweet Carolyn’ 2007 (Voor-Paardeberg)
Valrhona Itakuja crémeux, pineapple, mango, macadamia, passionfruit, lemongrass
Thelema ‘Late Harvest’ Semillon 2014 (Stellenbosch)
La Petite Colombe Treasures
It was an absolute delight eating chef, John Norris Rogers‘s carefully constructed menu. It’s not often that I leave a restaurant and immediately start thinking of when I can go back! Take advantage of this amazing winter special menu and allow your taste buds to be treated to some of the finest food in the land. The service is flawless, the setting is beautiful and it really is an all round wonderful experience.
R395 / with wine pairing R795
There is also an entire vegetarian menu so veggies there is a whole lot of deliciousness for you too.
Thank you to the La Petite Colombe team!