Named after South African landscape artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, this Franschhoek restaurant on the enchanting La Motte Wine Estate has a similarly creative streak running through it.
Headed by experienced executive chef Eric Bulpitt (ex-Faber at Avondale), the sophisticated à la carte menu is a modern interpretation of the history of South African heritage cuisine. Chef Eric has a love for farm-to-table cooking, sharing La Motte’s principles when it comes to authentic Cape Winelands hospitality, local produce and sustainably sourced, seasonal ingredients.
The restaurant is only open for lunch, and diners are invited to enjoy a long midday meal with family and friends in the elegant interior, with its eye-catching Delft-style porcelain chandeliers and open kitchen, or outside under the ancient oaks for a more relaxed alfresco experience.
À La Motte lunch
Diners can expect starters of homemade bread with a selection of shared salads, spreads and meat accompanied by relishes and preserves reminiscent of goodies found in “ouma se spens”, (grandma’s pantry). The courses, individually plated by chef Eric, include sustainable West Coast fish, free-range pork shoulder, Karoo hunter’s pie, aged sirloin on the bone and salt-baked celeriac. Some of these dishes are based on recipes found in South Africa’s oldest cookbooks, and indigenous culinary knowledge passed down through generations.
The dishes are introduced with La Motte cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche’s wine recommendations from the estate, as well as a few other South African and international gems.
The indulgent and wonderfully nostalgic desserts – such as lemon meringue, raspberry and vanilla buttermilk mille-feuille, and baked dark chocolate with rose ice cream – are the perfect ending to a celebration of South African culinary heritage.
On the lighter side
Those looking for a lighter lunch can enjoy the Winelands Cheese Platter or Seasonal Farm Plate (best enjoyed with a glass of wine). Do also pop into the farm shop for some artisanal bread and other baked treats, or take in some history in the La Motte Museum.
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