Pierneef à La Motte

Pierneef à La Motte
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Dinner - 5-course R645; 5-course R895 (with wine pairing)
Groups, Quick meals, Special occasions, Views
Fine-dining food, South African, Vegetarian
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Critic's review

Richard Holmes

With La Motte’s unique take on Cape winelands cuisine, chef Michelle Theron revels in the culinary history of the region. Expect a modern interpretation on traditional flavours and techniques. The superb slow-roasted Karoo lamb is plated with porcini tart fine, burnt butter and brandied apple purée, while the signature Cape bokkom salad uses semi-dried tomatoes, dried apricots and quail eggs to soften the blow of this pungent West Coast delicacy. Each dish comes with a suggested wine from La Motte’s award-winning cellar.

This is accomplished cooking, plated with generosity and authenticity. Expect big bold flavours and generous portions, and a welcome lack of frivolity.

Alongside the à la carte menu, a seasonally inspired family-lunch menu is served on Sundays with generous platters of roast meat, vegetables and salads served communally.

A truly impressive wine includes the full range of estate wines, all available by the glass, alongside a vinoteque selection offering special vintages dating back more than a decade. There’s also an admirable selection from other Cape estates alongside a compact choice of international labels. Thankfully, it’s all served in beautiful Riedel stemware.

Charming yet authentic service from staff that aren’t afraid to chat, or discuss the finer points of the dishes.

This is a restaurant of two faces. Indoors the napery and upholstered chairs make for a more elegant evening option beneath the striking chandelier of shattered Delft-style crockery, a nod to the heritage cuisine on the menu. The terrace is more relaxed, with wonderful garden views in the daytime. Book a table here if you have kids in tow.

Leave time afterwards for a stroll through the wonderful La Motte Museum and its collection of works by the restaurant’s namesake, artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef.

(August 2017)

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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
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  • Fireplace
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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