When I get invited to taste a menu cooked by one of my favourite and most inspiring chefs, Franck Dangereaux and paired with the fabulous Nititda wines, I get very excited.
Following on from their highly successful Steenburg winter menu, The Foodbarn has just launched their Nitida menu and at very favourable R215 for 5 courses with 5 wines, its an opportunity that simply cannot be missed.
I ate the smoked Bonita (tuna) slices with avo, nori, aioli, with pickeld ginger which went beautifully with the ’11 Sauvignon Blanc
I then had the line fish roasted on pine needles with wilted spinach, conifer jus and garlic cream, paired with the Nitida Coronata ’09. Mind numbingly delicious all round, and just had to find out a bit more about how the pine needles were used to flavour this dish.
Next was the slow roasted lamb cutlet served on a butternut fritter with sauteed apples, wholegrain mustard and rosemary cream with the Cabernet Sauvigonon ’09. Possibly the best lamb cutlet I have eaten, (certainly in recent memory) offsetting the sweet apple and mustard. There is a choice between a lamb and a pork cutlet on this course.
There is a choice of two desserts, the marjolaine layered cake with cherry sauce:
or the strawberry basil panna cotta with home made ice cream. Both sensational.
Check out the The Foodbarn website for more info on cooking demonstrations which take place on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm
Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Noordhoek Telephone: +27 (0)21 789 1390