While I eat out pretty often, my knowledge of the winelands is somewhat lacking. It has been said that I break out in hives when too far away from the mothership, Bree Street, but this wee expedition was utterly enjoyable.
The @NitidaWine farm is literally about 20 minutes away from the city and the vista of Durbanville merges into the rolling greens of the wine farms effortlessly. One of the restaunrts on the estate, @CassiaNitida, has designed a menu that is suited for ladies who lunch. It’s luxurious while not being heavy and great value at R185 per person.
I opted for the sundried tomato tart with goats milk cheese, obvs. The phyllo pastry basket filled with a hint of sharp goat was delish and worked really well with the ruby grape fruit, orange salad and intense balsamic. The flavours and textures were beautifully balanced, a real triumph of a dish for chef Warren Swaffield.
The headliner was the pan-seared salmon. Besides being served with risotto *swoon*, it was perfectly prepared. The fish was served rare, if one can use that term for pescatori.
The starter and main are served with either the Matriarch Brut or Shiraz. I recommend that everyone try the Shiraz. It’s deep flavour of this varietal is lifted with the effervescence. This is a beverage I can see myself swigging by the pool on those starry CT summer nights.
The thing about stereotypes is that they often work and the one about women and chocolate…well…it works. The slouchy-centered chocolate fondant with rose petal cream and late harvest was the perfect end to the meal. While every dish was delightful and I really appreciated the bouquet of flowers, the thing I loved most was that I left feeling comfortably full.
Tygerbergvalley Road (R13), Durbanville, Western Cape
021 976 0640/ 975 3825