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La Mouette

Cost
3 Course set menu at R395
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Food
Fine-dining food, French, Modern
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Food
Henry Vigar's three- or six-course set menus (with or without paired wines) are the name of the game here. Opt for the six courses and you’ll kick off with the likes of caramelised onion soup – a riff on the traditional French dish with a crisp curl of crouton and a cheesy croquette (chef's speciality). Next up is a fresh tomato jelly with roast baby beetroot, crunchy puffed quinoa and paprika. Then comes a tartiflette with crispy ham hock, charred Dalewood Superlatif cheese, and an artichoke truffle purée.

For the next three courses, choose between the likes of rich lamb neck with black garlic paste and buffalo milk yoghurt, or an earthy mushroom dish with hazelnut pasta, chestnut purée, café au lait sauce and a parmesan brioche crumble. Other proteins on offer include yellowtail and pork belly.

For the penultimate course, take your pick between perfectly pink duck with parsnip purée, potato rösti, pickled shiitake and charred cabbage; beef fillet with blue cheese cream, truffle pommes dauphine, walnuts and smoked bordelaise (an umami bomb); line fish with garlic cream, charred leeks and a lentil crust; or herb gnocchi with parmesan cream, marinated beetroot and mushrooms.

For dessert, the melting play on a Ferrero Rocher is a gift for chocoholics, presenting as a salted hazelnut oil parfait and praline cremeux with chocolate sauce. To end things on a fresh note, opt for the lemon meringue with mascarpone, lemon leaf snow and wood sorrel. There is also a 'cheese picnic' and a goat’s milk and honey ice cream with honeycomb, honey cake and grapefruit purée.

Drinks
The wine list is excellent and includes offerings from some unusual estates, MCCs and French Champagnes. The selection available by the glass is also good.

Service
Warm, professional and knowledgeable.

Ambience
Sit outside in the leafy courtyard in summer and, in winter, cosy up by the fireplace.

And…
No time for the full experience? Pop in for croquettes and a glass of wine whenever you like.

(October 2017)

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  • John Maytham

    Food
    Chef-patron Henry Vigar goes from strength to strength at his increasingly celebrated and popular Sea Point restaurant. The cuisine has elements of fine dining sitting very comfortably alongside a bistro attitude and welcome injections of whimsy. Menus are subject to both inter-and intra-seasonal changes. But, from the starter menu, you might encounter fontina and truffle croquettes – the cheese just the right level of oozy and the truffle just enough to infuse but not so much as to overpower, and the whole completed by a garlic aioli. Mushrooms on earth also impresses – different textures and tastes, all unified by an earthy richness.

    On the main menu, the seared tuna is triumphant – perfectly cooked, with some Asian elements (pickled cucumber roll and tempura courgettes) adding piquant interest. Smoked mayonnaise and celeriac puree uplift a deliciously tender and gamy kudu loin.

    The mascarpone ice cream with trimmings is sweet and savoury; the carrot cake moist and yummy.

    Drinks
    This is one of the most thoughtfully assembled small wine lists in town, keeping track with new producers and old(er) ones doing new and interesting things. Every dish has a wine pairing suggested – all of them inventive and appropriate. Be careful, though. Some of the suggested wine is well over R100 a glass. Do some mental arithmetic before ordering so the bill doesn’t come as a shock.

    Service
    Informed, amiable and attentive from the welcome to the goodbye.

    Ambience
    It’s always convivial in this lovingly restored Tudor-style house, with courtyard tables much sought after in summer. A table near the crackling log fire in one of the intimate interleading rooms is a must-have in winter.

    And...
    There is always a version of the signature gin and tonic dessert on the menu – make sure someone at the table orders it.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • We went to La Mouette for lunch for our 1 year anniversary. We sat outside, ate delicious food and drank outstanding wine. The winter special is such a reasonable treat. We'll definitely be back!
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  • Fantastic experience with some friends this past weekend. Great food and great service. Their winter special is such fantastic value for money. Will definately be back
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  • We chose La Mouette as the setting for our one year wedding anniversary. We didn't have a great experience (although the food was sensational) and so I gave an average review on TripAdvisor. Within a few hours the lovely owner, Mari, replied with the hugest apology and an offer to "redo" our experience with them. We went last night and what an incredible evening it was! We were treated like absolute gold and spoilt rotten. The food was again sensational and the service, hospitality and overall experience was first class. All restaurants can have a bad day (like any business) but the way it is handled shows the true service and La Mouette and its wonderful owners took service to a new level for us. I would highly recommend this establishment!!!!!
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  • I love coming to La Mouette as they NEVER disappoint!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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