Top 10 restaurant La Colombe has reopened after an extensive six-week renovation, with a new look and menu that builds on the restaurant’s now-trademark forest theme. Fans will be pleased to know that the feeling of tranquility so treasured in the Constantia Nek space remains in the new treehouse-inspired design.
While some iconic dishes will still feature, new items include the likes of ‘flavours of the veggie garden’, a mini woodland landscape dotted with roasted geranium macarons, lemon-thyme beehive-shaped marshmallows and mint-and-cocoa candy floss inspired by After Eight chocolates. While some elaborate presentations use elements of dry ice mist and unusual serving surfaces, the dishes themselves are not overly intimidating. “First and foremost, is a balance of flavours. I believe food should be delicious and inviting and not overthought, overworked or overcomplicated,” says executive chef James Gaag.
Interior designer Hayley Turner from Bone Studio drew upon the restaurant’s setting amongst the trees at Silvermist to inspire the calm, neutral palette.
The namesake dove appears in the hand-drawn artwork by Lucie de Moyencourt on the main feature wall, and then also the carved wooden doves by local artisan Lameck Tayengwa. The white oiled chevron oak floors, travertine mosaic and hand-cut bespoke terracotta tiles, and the touches of brass and oak complement the crisp white linen of fine dining.
“I’m delighted to finally realise my dream of running La Colombe,” says James. “My team and I are excited for this new and exciting chapter. We’ll be keeping some signature dishes on the menu, and can’t wait to introduce everyone to the new dishes.”