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.
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, 7 April 2021||Burger Night||R150 – R225||View the menu & book|
|Wednesday, 14 April 2021||Portuguese Evening||R225||View the menu & book|
|Wednesday, 21 April 2021||The Noodle Kitchen Evening||R225||View the menu & book|
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, email@example.com
Address 23 Constantia Main Road
Plumstead (entrance and secure parking in Bardia Road at the back)
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