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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This is eclectic cooking in its widest sense, drawing inspiration from many sources with a leaning towards Asian influences. Generous portions with no pretensions pleases the locals who flock there in droves. The baked camembert tart wrapped in phyllo pastry is suitably rich even though the beetroot jam is somewhat sweet for the dish. The delicious beef tataki, while not truly tataki – as it is wrapped in pastry – has the tenderest morsels of beef served with caramelised white onion purée, pickled ginger and wasabi infused kewpie mayonnaise.
Other starters include Moroccan style sweet potato and chick pea soup, as well as smoked springbok carpaccio with marinated wild mushrooms. The chargrilled beef fillet with tempura prawns and ginger soy is very popular, as is the excellent braised lamb shank served with the meat falling off the bone on a bed of sweet potato purée and the cutest tiny boiled quail egg.
The standout dessert is the deconstructed soft meringue with blueberry curd, rose reduction and roasted raspberry gelato made right there. It's absolutely delicious.
A very good list well priced with some treasures like the Fryer’s Cove Pinot Noir very carefully selected.
Friendly, knowledgeable and efficient; though things can slow down when the kitchen gets really busy.
Very cosy with a semi-glamorous interior featuring some chandeliers and big candelabras, cheek by jowl with candles in wine bottles – a curious but not unpleasing ambivalence. Huge ornate mirrors make the room seem larger than it really is. Hand towels in the rest rooms are a nice touch.
Only open at night and bookings are essential, especially on the weekends. Make sure you get a table when you book, as the counter is uncomfortable for mature patrons.
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