Matt Schreuder's Homespun is by far one of the restaurant rustic fine dining in Blouberg not to miss. The space has been renovated in a creative way that makes the restaurant appear more spacious.
The food is still creative, beautifully plated and enticing.
For Starters, the beef tataki is a spread of different textures that complement each other. The fillet is juicy and tender encased in a crunchy coating, served with light and crispy tempura onion that are caramelised and sweet and completed by a wasabi mayo and pickled ginger.
Other starter options that look appetising to the eye are the grilled Patagonia squid or the vegetarian deep fried goats cheese.
For mains the new kid on the menu is the Lamb en croute. This lamb neck is cooked for 2hours over high temperature and then the heat is reduced and the lamb is then cooked for 6hours over this low heat. The result off course is an infusion of flavour and super tender lamb. As mentioned the lamb is rich in flavour and encased in phyllo pastry with al dente Julian vegetables – makes one think of a large spring roll.
Another main to consider is the beef fillet that is flame grilled served with sweet butternut wedges and fresh spring onions.
Besides their signature desserts Vahlrona blonde fondant, the chocolate torte Is the best to finish off a great dining experience. This torte is served with a decadent dark chocolate sauce, a banana gelato that taste just like fresh ripe bananas giving a cold sensation to the warm dessert. The fresh tart strawberries and gooseberry garnish cuts the richness and the pecan nuts compliments the banana gelato.
Homespun boasts themselves with wine paring of their dishes. They have a wide variety of wines. Other that that the wine list they also have craft beers and craft ice teas.
The service is still topnotch. Well informed, warm and welcoming. The menu is explained to guests with suggestions from the waitron. The guests are sent a confirmation sms for bookings. When guests go to the restaurant for a celebration such as a birthday etc. their table is then decorated with fresh flowers.
The space has had a bit of a face lift – looking a little more spacious. The space is intimate and cozy – great for celebrations and romantic dinners. The large mirrors make the space appear larger and the pendant and candle chandeliers look beautiful and give the space a modern touch.
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A true gem – they call it rustic fine dining. The passion with which these dishes were crafted is clearly seen on the plate. The attention to detail and the creative and innovative flair to the Asian fusion is utterly inspirational, and the plating presentation is exceptional and beautifully executed.
The menu changes often, approximately every four months. For starters, try the delicately flavoured and moist prawn dumplings with togarashi mayo served with katsuobushi (paper thin dehydrated tuna flakes) that move on the plate due to the heat and moisture, creating an illusion of theatre with a light and fresh prawn consommé. This dish is beautifully paired with Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc.
The starter menu offers a great selection, including beef tataki, duck liver brûlée and many more interesting options. Another dish worth trying is the baked camembert with roast carrot puree, candied baby apples, roasted walnuts and a rooibos-and-cinnamon cremeux.
The guests are then given a choice to partake in the suggested Champagne sorbet with refreshing lime foam and strawberry caviar to clean the palate.
For the mains there is a good collection of bespoke dishes, including a vegetarian butternut and sweet potato with burnt garlic custard, wilted baby spinach, smoked feta puree and roasted walnut crumb. For the meat lovers, there’s the succulent lamb belly with pesto mash, roasted cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and creamy yoghurt panna cotta. The light and crispy veg tempura adds great texture to the dish – served with sweet bone marrow chutney, it’s superb. Otherwise, guests could pick the tempura duck with vermicelli, chipotle aioli, exotic mushrooms and coriander foam.
The dessert is unquestionably the cherry on top. The gooey, warm Vahlrona blonde fondant with fruit jellies that pop in the mouth, almond crumb and Valrhona dark chocolate gelato paired with Glen Carlou Chennin Blanc is definitely good to try. The crème brûlée with a white chocolate crumb, sweet potato and coconut puree, plum compote, kiwi and basil sorbet is a fine option.
The drinks menu is fairly decent and affordable with some favourites available, such as the Springfield Life from a stone sauvignon blanc and Groot Constantia Chardonnay on the wine side. The food-and-wine pairing is a great add-on and makes choosing the perfect wine for the dishes a blissful experience.
The service is top-notch. Well-informed, warm and welcoming. The menu is explained to guests with suggestions from the waitron. The guests are sent a confirmation SMS for bookings.
This is a cozy intimate space. It has just been renovated with modern pendant lights, some candle chandeliers and beautiful mirrors. They have a few large tables with majority being four-sitter white-washed tables with weaved chairs and a small bar area.
It’s advisable for guests to book, as Homespun is such a neighbourhood favorite and it is buzzing even on a Monday night.
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