My birthday: 6 course wine paired lunch at Roots, Forum Homini

I celebrated my 27th birthday on Sunday 30 December. I really thought that I’d know what I wanted to do with my life by now, but instead I’m more confused than ever! I recently tweeted that my 5 year plan changes everyday. Some days I want to be a stay at home mom, other days I want to go and do an MBA overseas and sometimes I’m content just doing what I do now- working in Treasury and writing on the side 🙂
Maybe it’s okay to not know which direction I’m going in for now.. I’m certainly enjoying the journey!

We had planned to spend the weekend of my birthday in Dullstroom but as I said in a previous post, we really just needed chill time. We were lucky to get a last minute reservation at the ever popular Roots restaurant out in Muldersdrift, close to the Cradle of Humankind. Now I’ve blogged about it here before, but I went years ago (before I even started this blog) and they’ve won numerous awards since, so I thought an updated post was in order.

Some of FH’s recent awards

Roots is situated about 45 minutes out of JHB, on a game estate. When you get there, you feel as though you’ve driven hours, because its so far away from what an inner city restaurant is like.

They only do set menus- a Sunday lunch costs R350 with an optional R105 extra if you want wine tasters with your meal (highly recommended). They also do breakfasts and brunches, priced very reasonably. Check out their website for deets.

It’s mah birthday!

I was thrilled when I saw how much bread we got given- my fav! The black bread on the right is coloured with squid ink- pretty cool 🙂


Lunch is a long affair (3+ hours), but it’s really special. I enjoyed all the courses and felt that the meal was very well priced considering what we got. Each dish is well thought out and the flavours set each other off really well. The sommelier also came to us between each course and explained which wine would be paired with our dish. I totally get lost when I hear that my wine is “infused with nutty flavours at the front of the palette, but follows through with a citrus burst dotted with a hint of woodiness”- whaaaat? All you need to know is that the wine tasted great with the food 🙂

Tuna tartare with baby gem lettuce, tomato and caviar
Smoked cauliflower soup with bone marrow and tamarind. I wasn’t too sure about this one, I generally dislike all soups and I’m averse to eating bone marrow so I let Rishav eat mine.
Mushroom stuffed seabass- summer greens, broccoli puree, prawn gel and rhubarb.
Oven roasted duck with pomegranate, truffle raisin and pickled beetroot
Nectarine espume- muesli, crumble, salty caramel sorbet
Deconstructed lemon meringue with cream cheese ice cream

I was so glad that it was a lovely, sunny day because we got to sit on the deck overlooking the dam. I must admit that I got quite tipsy towards the end (after drinking all that wine!) but I think that’s expected on one’s birthday 🙂

The rest of the day was lovely, we went to Tasha’s le parc for tea and cake with my sister and a friend and ended up spending the rest of the day there chatting away.

Presents-wise, I got breakfast in bed (and a card, my favourite part of birthdays, seriously- I’m a sucker for soppy words.) I also got a huge bouquet of flowers, a travel photography book, a beautiful journal and Rishav helped me to fund a watch that I’ve been lusting over for a while.

Cake for breakfast, yes please!

Isn’t she gorgeous?

With all that’s happened over the past year, I don’t know what space I’ll be in on my 28th birthday, but I’m really excited for what 27 holds for me 🙂