a pop up restaurant lunch cooked by reuben riffel in david walters ceramic studio

reuben riffel cooks a fabulous lunch at david walters studio

What an honour it was to be invited to a pop up restaurant where master chef Reuben Riffel cooked lunch at the studio of well known ceramicist David Walters. Exquisite food, served on designer dinnerware in the most amazing creative space, I felt like I had landed in a bit of heaven.

david walters in his beautiful ceramic studio and gallery

The lunch was a celebration that formed part of the festival in Franshhoek: Art in Clay, where local galleries are featuring ceramics made by the cream of South African ceramic artists during the month of October.

creative table settings on egg boxes

The menu for the lunch looked like this:


baby spinach salad, parmesan, truffle, yuzu and langoustine oil

franschhoek salmon trout pastrami, sourdough and wasabi creme fraiche

gazpacho with lemon olive oil

spring vegetables with orange reduction and hollandaise


miso glazed duck leg, toasted cashew cream, soy and honey glazed vegetables


vanilla bean panna cotta with kaleidoscope of fruit crisps, fruit puree and candied puff pastry tuiles

coffee & artisanal chocolate

Every mouthful was delectable, a celebration of flavour and texture that goes down as one of my most memorable meals this year.

exquisite food, fabulous company in the most inspiring creative space

What a privilege to chat to Reuben and David over this meal, sipping the Wolftrap Viognier / Chenin / Grenache blend and generally  having a fabulous time.

lunch served on davids bespoke dinnerware



  1. Michael Olivier says:

    What a lovely pic of the beautiful Ishay!

  2. Caro Henley says:

    What a gorgeous photograph of the very special David Walters !
    What a feast ! For eyes, tummy and soul!

  3. Thank you Caro, what a delightful man and what an inspirational day. I totally loved every second of it.

  4. Such beautiful pictures – particularly love the table decor. So stunning! Wish I could have been there

  5. Hi Sam. Feeling totally blog-starved from way over in the Karoo. (But I must admit no internet or cell-phone reception does give one a good break…). Doing a mass blog catch-up from the cutest little coffee shop (Sarmies) in Graaff Reinet – and there’s wifi! This lunch looks spectacular. And I do love Reuben’s food. Laters. B

  6. Hey Bern, so lucky to be in the Karoo and being inspired. I’m super jealous. Enjoy!

  7. You would have loved it Lori, one of my best lunches.

  8. Vuyisa Potina says:

    That was great

  9. wow looks sooo lovely – lucky you 🙂
    so glad you got to do that – STUNNING!
    hellos and hugs

    Betty Bake x

  10. Thanks BBB, and yes, I was very lucky indeed.
    S x

  11. Message for Caro Henley

    Unearthed a photo of you me and Rosie taken in Hermanus many moons ago. Do get in touch as I would love to hear your news.


  12. Hi Charles, I’m not sure who Caro Henley is? I’m Sam Linsell

  13. Hi SamI just picked this up.

    It looks as if sCAro attened a lunch with you in 2011 in Hout Baycooked by someone called Reuben Riffel. Cari was an old froiend and I googled her but only found this link. I believe she may live in Franschoek and I would like to contact her when I am next in SA. She was originally from Natal and was in the arts.


  14. HI Charles, Im not sure who you are talking about – Caro who? no Caro at that lunch.


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