Pierneef à La Motte

5 Reviews
Fine-dining food, South African, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0218768800 Opening Hours Lunch

Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12noon to 3pm


R335 for starters and mains. Dessert extra.
Fine-dining food, South African, Vegetarian
R335 for starters and mains. Dessert extra.
Coffee, Local cuisine, Quick meals, Special occasions, Views
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Child friendly, Dinner, Dress code, Eat Out reviewed, Fireplace, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Wheelchair, WiFi

Owner's description

The name of Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant is inspired by La Motte’s admiration of South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957). Pierneef’s adoration of the South African landscape and his appreciation of the country’s diversity are reflected in the restaurant’s focus on heritage cuisine and how it embraces cultural influences, ingredients and recipes. His European inspirations, exceptional creativity as well as pioneering efforts in the South African art environment, involving new techniques and various genres, also resonate with Pierneef à La Motte’s interpretation of the history of South African cuisine and its strive towards innovation in executing modern
South African heritage cuisine.

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    As close to perfection as one will get. Year after year they continue to surprise with improving their craft and service. A Top 10 national treasure.
    Totally over priced and food was not good. My partner ordered the pork dish which was more fat than meat. Portions very small. Won't be going there again even though the service was excellent.
    We celebrated my wife's birthday last week with a special evening at the chef's table. The food was stunning, each course was absolutely delicious and paired beautifully with wines from the estate, as well as a few from other estates. We even got a fantastic French Pouilly Fume which I wish we'd drunk more of. Chef Michelle came to our table to explain each course and we chatted merrily about the different food and wines. The seafood Malay curry inspired by an age old recipe was magnificent and I loved the rich and hearty beef cheeks. The one course that let the meal down slightly was the dessert which coming from a pastry chef was a little odd. Just a plateful of different sweet things to share. We felt a little more effort could have finished the meal off with a bang instead of a fizzle. I must mention Pierre, our Maitre D, our host, our waiter, our sommelier. To call him any one of those would be wrong, for he was all of them and more. Quite frankly the best service we have had from anyone in any restaurant in the world EVER. Thank you.
    Completely over priced for the amount of food you get (and I'm not a big eater at all!). And when we complained it was pronounced a "lighter meal" on the menu. The manager's solution was a tray of desserts (which I don't eat). Not impressed and ruined a family lunch.
    We have been going to an annual conference in Franschhoek for the last nine years. We make the most of the opportunities to enjoy fine-dining. This year we decided to go to Pierneef at La Motte; the chef having agreed to put together a tasting menu for us paired with wine. A beautioful restaurant was beautiful, things went well until the main dish arrived. I was clear I was not eating my rump steak after the second mouthful. It was tough and stringy. Five of the ten diners made a similar decision, as did diners at another table. The Maitre’D came to explain to us that it is in the nature of rump – of course, in Jozi we don’t eat meat, nevertheless, we rejected the explanation that our difficulty was due to the difference between rump, sirloin and fillet! Upon which the Maitre D’ returned, having again spoken to the chef, to say that we should get up, walk to the kitchen and listen to the chef’s elucidation on why the dish was good! This is not an urban legend: and, the chef is Chris Erasmus!

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