Giorgio Nava, famous restaurateur, and Giulio Bertrand, the owner of Morgenster, seem to be a match made in heaven. Why they didn’t do this years ago is any one’s guess. Giorgio, of course, has access to all that fabulous meat from his own farms (which he uses very well at Carne in town and Constantia) and Giulio has one of the most famous wine farms in the Cape – and magnificent olive oil to boot. Two fabulous salads are the way to start, one with seared beef, rocket, tomatoes, radishes and cucumber, deliciously fresh and crunchy, and one with fried baby squid and the same vegetable mix. Then go on in the Italian manner to a rich bowl of potato gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese sauce and walnuts or slow baked Karoo lamb shoulder ravioli with sage butter and parmesan. Apart from excellent beef fillet, very simple with olive oil, rosemary and a touch of garlic, the standout meat dish is the seared calves’ liver with balsamic caramelised onions and mash, something any carnivore will find irresistible. La Meringa 95, chunks of meringue wrapped in zabaglione, served with berries is reason enough to save room for it.
Of course the fabulous wines of Morgenster are the stars of this show.
Smooth and low-key but always there when you need someone to fetch and carry.
The room is flooded with light and overlooks a large expanse of water surrounded by plenty of greenery. The distant mountains play their part in capturing elegant country style ambience at its best.
Do a wine tasting while here and decide what you want to drink and buy some wine to take home.
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