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Forum Homini has delightful architectural and design pleasures, and now that the natural grasses and vegetation surrounding the dam have matured, it feels as if the space has truly settled into the Cradle of Humankind.
The courses have lovely names related to the location of humankind’s beginning. Prologue to celebrate the seed, Overture to celebrate roots and so on. Seared salmon with a sesame crust, charred cucumber, cucumber gel, apple sponge and gin compressed cucumber may kick off the six-course menu, followed by sweetbreads served with turnip, Parma ham and sage velouté and corn dust. Then kingklip with lemon espuma, braised fennel, herb ash, followed by a duo of lamb and a final dish of bush peach panna cotta. Cheese is served in the non-Continental manner after the dessert, with pear and red wine jam, spiced apricot preserves and home-made bread sticks.
The drinks list offers a comprehensive selection of French and SA bubblies. Also interesting divisions within the wine list like South African Bordeaux blends such as Warwick Trilogy and South African Rhône blends such as Fable Mountain Vineyards Night Sky 2012, and some good international wines including the SA/Chile collaboration between Julio Bouchon and David Nieuwoudt, Longavi Sauvignon Blanc. The list also boasts a section called ‘Weird and Wonderful’ with Savage White Blend and Craven Pinot Noir.
Friendly and attentive but could be smoother.
The space is superbly designed with high-end wooden finishes but is in need of a refresh. Massive slabs of glass allow beautiful views over the small dam.
This hotel and restaurant is still hugely popular for weekend breaks and is filled with romantic couples. The restaurant is still geared for events and food-and-wine pairing dinners.
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