The room is classic and quirky at once. Think antique mixed with a touch of contemporary. My favourite touch was a 6 page long dvd menu! *love*
At lunchtime, we took a short 5 minute drive to Klein Zalze, where Terroir is situated. The small restaurant was bustling when we arrived, and we had a table right next to the fireplace. I felt like I was in someone’s home. The restaurant was cosy and comfortable- we practically spent the entire afternoon there without even noticing where the time went. While, Nobu was Rishav’s favourite restaurant of the trip, Terroir was definitely mine. We had a 4 course wine paired dinner, and the wines were paired PERFECTLY to the food. I’m not a big drinker, but I finished all my wine and ended the afternoon feeling very “happy”.
|Appetizer: potato and leek |
|Starter: tempura squid with tomato jam and yuzu mayonnaise|
|Starter: mushroom ravioli|
|Main: beef fillet with parmesan cream, butternut and mushroom. Rishav claimed this was the best beef fillet of his life!|
|Main: pan seared fresh linefish with truffled leek, pinotage sauce and potato gnocchi. This dish was the highlight of my trip. Paired with a pinotage wine- absolutely delicious is an understatement|
|Dessert: strawberry tart with milk ice cream|
|Starter: Paradyskloof mushroom tortellini, with mushrooms picked by the neighbouring farmers 🙂|
|Starter: vegetable “black pudding”, beetroot tartare, baked crottin, geranium oil|
|Starter: study of rabbit, succatash, prune puree, tomato dressing|
|Starter: makaron style sustainable fish and vegetable nigiri with pickled cucumber|
|Triple cooked chips: love|
|Main: grilled prawns, laksa curry sauce, coconut and sesame basmati rice, pineapple salse, pearl vegetables|
Main: pan seared green listed fish of the day, tomato quinoa, smoked tomato agar ravioli, bacon espuma
|Dessert: Valrhona chocolate fondant with vanilla bean ice cream|
|Dessert: tarte tatin of the day
Breakfast the next day was equally impressive. There was a huge harvest table set up, as well as the option to order from a hot menu. Our flight was late Sunday afternoon, and we made the conscious decision to have a hearty breakfast and NOT eat anything for the rest of the day.
We checked out and went to visit Spier, about 15 minutes away from MH and en route to the airport. People say its commercial… but I think things only become commercial if they are fabulous 🙂 I love the set up of Spier- there is so much to do. We started off at Eagle Encounters, an eagle rehabilitation centre situated onsite. You’re able to play with owls and touch eagles, for a mere R40 entrance fee. The owls are so tame and are so soft! Loved playing with them.
Spier also has a stunning wine tasting area and 2 restaurants. They also do picnic baskets, which you can book online (obviously this is a Summer only activity!). The estate itself has a lot of history and we took a stroll around reading about it… very interesting.
Love that- soup in a fireplace!
A great end to an absolutely amazing weekend. Usually after travelling I’m exhausted by the time I get home. After this trip, I felt rejuvenated and relaxed.. and full! 🙂
Hope you all enjoyed this CT diary.. I look forward to going back soon!