I made this fresh salmon salad with shaved fennel and radish on a bed of rocket as a way to remember Tintswalo Atlantic where I was invited two weeks ago to experience their dinner club. Tintswalo has to be in one of the most spectacular locations in the country. Seriously. Right on the water’s edge overlooking the Sentinel Mountain and Hout Bay, it’s worth visiting just to be in this space.
I actually used a local salmon trout which had been lightly smoked, but you can hardly notice this. I adore raw seafood. I layered the salad on top of a shaved fennel and radish salad with a lemon and olive oil dressing. You can find the recipe here. So simple and so delicious. I added a few rocket leaves for pepperiness, and beetroot which I had finely julienned because I love the combination of beetroot and salmon or trout. It’s also an element from the dinner menu we had. I scattered over a few micro leaves (including beetroot), and made a dressing of Greek yoghurt,creamed horseradish, black pepper and lemon juice.
Located in the Table Mountain National Park, the lodge has 12 rooms nestled along the coast, hidden under and behind the ancient Milkwoods. Each room is decorated individually and each has an individual Island theme.
Sleeping in luxury with the Atlantic Ocean pounding away a few metres away is something that I will treasure (yes I’ve done this before camping on a beach – but not nearly as much fun).
The Dinner club It’s an intimate affair in which guests experience Executive Chef Jeantelle van Staden’s culinary masterwork. She says: “I think the current fresh take on food is wonderful, it’s about time that raw ingredients receive their well-deserved appreciation.” That being said, Chef Jeantelle is not the biggest fan of the current no carb food trend. She firmly believes that potatoes are a blessing from the food gods and if treated with love and respect, they’ll do the same to your waistline. And we all know my thoughts on this.
The menu was well thought out and delicious. Here it is, paired beautifully with a sellection of South African premium wines:
Truffle Corn Chowder, Parma Crumb and Thyme Biscotti
Ripe Citrus and Stone fruit flavours provide rich texture on the palate. Tangy and fresh with a distinct twist of citrus and grapefruit too. The tang provides an excellent accompaniment to the creamy richness of the Chowder
Lime cured Trout served with Kataifi Prawn, Beetroot Tartar, Raspberry Drizzle and Roasted Garlic Smear
Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir
Chardonnay contributes elegance and Pinot Noir intensity and richness; combined in perfect proportions, they create an exciting, delightful taste experience which pairs beautifully with this Seafood Creation. You will find an abundance of zesty fruit – most notably white peach, lychee and red fruit – with a delectable full mouth feel and balance.
Frozen Pineapple Lemoncello
Fennel Linefish served with Basil Patagonia Squid, Chive Potatoes, Caponata and Burnt Béarnaise
Villiera Brut Traditional Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc
An intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc with hints of green pepper, fig and flint on the nose. The palate is fresh and lively with a long finish and good balance. The fresh crispness pairs beautifully with the Black Pepper & Lime flavours in the Recipe.
Pistachio Rolled Venison served with Butternut Fondant, Zucchini fritters, Wild Mushroom Veloute, Crisps and Zesty Pomegranate Jus
A pleasant bouquet of black cherry, plum and smoky charcuterie with highlights of pepper and spice. More of the same can be found on the palate which is big, broad and well structured. It is a muscular wine with a commanding presence, Lovely gentle fruited finish with a rich cocoa aftertaste which simply embraces the flavours of the game meat in this dish.
Confit Duck Bon Bon and Black cherry Duck breast served with Wilted Spinach Puree, Spiced Plums and Cardomom Jus and Parsnip Crisps
Graham Beck Pinotage
Smoky notes with intense dark fruit aromas, framed by oak spice.
Fleshy dark fruit continue on the palate with firm tannins and lingering flavours of spice and dark coffee. The full- bodied with well balanced fruit acidity and integrated tannins pair marvellously to balance the richness of the Duck.
Raspberry Pecan Chocolate Torte served with Spearmint Semi Freddo, Rose Dust and Salsa
Mulderbosch Noble Late Harvest
Richly sweet, delivering unctuous dried apricot, mango, orange peel and tangerine notes carried on a lush, creamy, apple-tinged frame. Enjoyed for its luscious fruit flavours is simply sensational with Port. This dessert wine is simply sensational with chocolate.
I always thought this location was so exclusive and tucked away you needed to be a guest to experience it, but not. This unique and highly sought after gourmet experience, with Chef Jeantelle is available next time you want a spoil. Stay over to take the spoil to a whole new level. Did I mention hte hot tub? Well, perhaps that is best left for another occasion.
Recipe for the yoghurt and horseradish dressing (adjust quantites according to the number or size of hte salad you are making):
- 5T Greek yoghurt
- 1T creamed hoseradish
- 2t finely choped fennel leaves
- salt and lots of black pepper
- 1t lemon juice
Mix all of hte above and serve with your salad.