There’s no shortage of great fine dining restaurants in the small French-influenced town of Franschhoek, a charming town in the wine-growing region on the outskirts of Cape Town, where foodies are always spoilt for choice. Bistros, artisan bakeries and local chocolatiers all tip their hat to centuries of the French culinary influence in the Cape.
But at the La Motte wine estate outside Franschhoek, chef Michelle Theron is channeling the rich history of the region into a unique culinary offering she likes to call Cape Winelands Cuisine.
The menu at Pierneef à La Motte restaurant is adventurous and yet familiar, with well-trodden foodie favourites given a new lease on life. Her Cape Winelands Chicken comes baked with a pâté and a quail egg in the middle while the hay-roasted quail and rose-glazed sweetbreads are remarkable new takes on popular bistro classics. Theron focuses on using local and sustainable food ingredients, much of them with a heritage connection to old-style Cape cookery. In particular, plenty of fresh produce comes straight from the estate’s gardens and into the kitchen, so don’t miss out on the wonderful ‘Cape Salad’, which changes daily.
This is heritage cuisine given a thoroughly modern facelift. Set on one of the most charming wine estates in and around Cape Town, the unique approach to food at this stylish fine dining restaurant makes it a top choice for travellers planning their stay in and around the winelands town of Franschhoek.