The Homestead is where the heart is.
There is no way you would ever imagine this enchanting garden exists in a nondescript street in Plumstead, and yet, here we are at The Homestead Kitchen, a hidden gem if ever we’ve seen one! Launched by OG foodie Elaine Rosseau six years ago, The Homestead Kitchen wears many hats – not only is it a pop-up restaurant, it also serves as a special-occasion venue and the headquarters of Elaine’s 23-year-old catering business Food Fanatics.
An enchanting setting
Dating back to 1820, The Homestead has been lovingly renovated and restored by Elaine, who has used the magnificent bones of the original heritage building to create a series of warm, intimate spaces, all stylishly adorned with eclectic furniture, art, cookbooks and crockery that she has lovingly collected over the years.
Outside is just as beautiful – if not more. Guests are invited to enjoy their meals in one of the garden’s landscaped alcoves, overlooking the vegetable and herb garden, or under the Bedouin tent, with a gushing fountain and plenty of space for little ones to run around in.
Father’s Day lunch
This Father’s Day, The Homestead Kitchen is pulling out all the stops to create a Father’s Day feast fit for the kings in your life! On the table will be burrata with pepper-salami bites, lemon olive oil and fresh stone-ground ciabatta to whet your appetites. (Vegetarian options should be requested beforehand.)
Mains is a choice between pepper-crusted fillet, with crushed roast potato, confit fennel, fine beans and roast-garlic butter; oven-roasted chicken with mushroom bisque, charred shallot and mixed grain rice pilaf; or paneer-stuffed grilled aubergine with coconut, red lentil dhal and chilled yoghurt – with sides of honey-roasted carrots, red onion and candied sunflower seeds rounding off the course.
And for dessert, expect warm pear and dark chocolate frangipane tart with coconut ice cream and maple caramel.
When 20 June 2021
Time 12pm for 12.30pm
Cost R295 per person
Wednesday evening pop-ups
Every Wednesday, Food Fanatics’ seasoned team of chefs and waitrons hosts a themed dinner at The Homestead Kitchen, which is – and we cannot stress this enough – the only place you want to be on humpday evening.
On the night we visited, the theme was Portuguese. With Cesaria Evora’s “BesaMe Mucho” playing in the background, we were led by our smiling waitron through a gravel pathway to our courtyard table, where appetising bowls of olives and garbanzo beans instantly transported us to a village in the Algarve.
To go with my sardine starter, our waiter recommended Grace, a sauvignon blanc made by winemaker André Rousseau (Elaine’s brother), which was a delicious match. The other starter option was chicken livers, with mains of peri-peri chicken cooked over an open fire, with dessert a choice between Sorbetiere ice cream and a homemade vegan brownie. Our five-and-three-quarters son ate for free.
Diarise these dates for upcoming pop-ups
|Wednesday, 9 June 2021||Fish and Chips Night||R150 – R235|
|Wednesday, 16 June 2021||Taco Fiesta||R150 – R210|
|Friday, 18 June 2021||Steak and Chips Night||R210|
|Wednesday, 23 June 2021||Burger Night||R150 – R225|
|Wednesday, 30 June 2021||Portuguese Evening||R225|
As for the rest of the week, The Homestead Kitchen stocks a delicious range of ready-made boxes and meals, available to order online, such as parmigiana melanzane, hot-cross-bun bread-and-butter pudding, apricot chicken casserole, Italian meatballs and Moroccan lamb.
The warm, homely and transportive atmosphere that Elaine and her team have created at The Homestead Kitchen ticks all the boxes, plus it’s outdoors, making it a safe dining option in our brave new alfresco world.
Opening times Wednesday, 5.30pm – 9pm
Contact details 021 797 9819, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address 23 Constantia Main Road
Plumstead (entrance and secure parking in Bardia Road at the back)
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