I was thrilled with my recent assignment to shoot this luxury boutique hotel, so here is a sneak peak into what the food at the ultra fabulous and exclusive Ellerman House in Bantry Bay is all about. The property, a Cape Edwardian Mansion, is situated in a premium location on the slopes of Lions Head with some of the most spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. It is not open to the public, thus offering guests the ultimate in privacy and luxury.

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House has eleven rooms, two suites, and two private villas and attention to detail ensures that no two rooms are alike. The property boasts two lounges, a library, two dining rooms, a spa, a main pool, gym, whisky bar, and expansive outdoor space. The wine cellar is pretty impressive too.

Here are some of the images I shot at this exqusite boutique hotel:

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Head Chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert makes superb food that is sophisticated and not to fussy. You can expect comforting and familiar flavours brought to the plate with flair. The menu is constantly evolving, in fact it changes every day, so there is zero monotony for guests. This is merely a snapshot of what its like. The desserts are complex layers of textures and flavours, just the way a good dessert should be.

Roasted quail and seared foie gras with celeriac purée and green apple

Roasted quail and seared foie gras with celeriac purée and green apple

Roasted quail and seared foie gras with celeriac purée and green apple

goats milk labneh pickled garden vegetables and linseed crisp

grilled Auvergne with garlic crisps Chèvre, oven dried tomatoes and balsamic

confit pork belly carrot purée and Vichy carrots

 Oven roasted beef fillet Field mushrooms, mushroom duxelle, onion rings and red wine sauce

Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Supreme Potato Dauphinois, baby beetroot and pan jus

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South AfricaDessert, Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Menu as it appears above:

  1. Roasted quail and seared foie gras with celeriac purée and green apple
  2. Seared scallops orange, fennel, capers and orange gastrique
  3. Goats milk labneh pickled garden vegetables and linseed crisp
  4. Grilled Auvergne with garlic crisps Chèvre, oven dried tomatoes and balsamic
  5. Confit pork belly, carrot purée and vichy carrots
  6. Oven roasted beef fillet, field mushrooms, mushroom duxelle, onion rings and red wine sauce
  7. Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Supreme, potato Dauphinois, baby beetroot and pan jus
  8. Gorgonzola risotto, port poached pear and pistachio praline
  9. Frangelico Chocolate Fondant, Frangelico crème Anglaise, hazelnut chocolate cremeux, honeycomb and Frangelico marshmallow
  10. Smoked almond bavaroise, tanariva mousse and brazil nut sponge terrine Served with Buttermilk Sherbet
  11. Elements of citrus, grapefruit curd, blood orange chiboust, naartjie sorbet
  12. Baked Apple terrine, caramel nougatine, baby apple and candied fennel

Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa

Ellerman House, 180 Kloof Road, Bantry Bay, 8005, Cape Town, South Africa
Email: info@ellerman.co.za • Phone: +27 21 430 3200 • Fax: +27 21 430 3215

Photographer: Sam Linsell

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6 Comments

  1. Edie Barrett

    Just LOVE your posts! BEAUTIFUL. Simply beautiful. Thank you for all you offer. Edie Barrett, Ortonville, MN, USA

  2. Sam

    Thanks so much Eddie, and the pleasure is all mine 🙂

  3. I have just lookek at every plate again! Wish we could have some of the recipes… although the chef that made this and did the styling is soooo artistic and good that no one would be able to match his talent! Congratulations to the chef! Hope you got to tasting some or all of it! C x

  4. Sam

    Hi Carolie, Yes the chefs were amazing in the plating. Really good stuff. Must say I wouldn’t mind a couple of the recipes either, may request at least part of the apple dessert recipe. A really interesting technique employed there. I tasted a few of the desserts and I at the roast chicken. all superb. x

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