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

Jeanette Clark

Chef Eric Bulpitt has infused a new energy into the restaurant’s modern heritage cuisine.

A brand new offering from October to Easter will be a seasonal garden menu with dishes like flavoursome Cape curries, mosbolletjies and other sweet-sour-savoury combinations. You can, however, still be thrilled with the flavours and exquisite presentation of any of the à la carte dishes from the main restaurant.

The art-on-a-plate of the citrus-marinated line fish starter, with season’s peas, calendula flowers, whey and dill oil deserves a special mention – minutes were spent admiring it before gently tucking in. If this doesn’t fit your fancy, the free-range beef tartare with horseradish cream, mustard cress and a divine smoked egg yolk and lemon thyme sauce is a hit. Opt for the three-course menu option already artfully paired with La Motte’s award-winning wines (the dessert pairings include other wine estates’ offerings). Here the combination of the La Motte Chardonnay with the whey-fed young pig, served with braised pork dolmades, pickled celeriac and fermented kohlrabi cream was specifically well-matched for a main course. Also on offer for mains, the aged sorghum and mint dressing complimented the Karoo lamb rump particularly well, with the La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon rounding the experience off nicely. Vegetarian options, while limited to one per course, are still delicious: For starters the pressed golden and red beets with pine oil, salted apricots and fermented gooseberries please all senses.

You'll be hard-pressed to choose dessert: Go for the deconstructed cheese cake if on offer or savour the tart tingle of the raspberry sorbet in the Valrhona Abinao Sphere.

An incredibly varied selection of wines and spirits are on offer with ample choice in cultivar, origin and price range.

There is a warmth and humanness in the way patrons are welcomed and treated throughout: it is an unostentatious, attentive and entirely memorable experience.

Whether you prefer Pierneef’s masterful linocut interpretations of the country’s nature landscapes inside or admiring the lush greenery of La Motte’s gardens outside, you step into a hidden paradise once through the double glass doors at the reception centre. Elegant and unpretentious.

Best for…
A celebratory occasion treat with that special someone, so that you can unashamedly taste your dining companion’s dishes as well.


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  • 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
  • Dress code
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Fireplace
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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