Image courtesy of South Hill
Elgin, Lamberts Bay and the Cederberg are being explored in the latest wine series from the Taj Cape Town as the diversity of the wine, food and people of the Cape Winelands is brought to the heart of the city.
Each month, one of South Africa’s top chefs presents a four course dinner designed especially to express the culture of the featured regions. This dinner is then paired with the wines from the area’s participating wine estates.
This month, as we continue our journey through the world’s most beautiful Winelands, we showcase the wines of Elgin, Lamberts Bay & the Cederberg and the ‘country gourmet cuisine’ from this month’s guest chef, Gordon Manuel from The Venue@South Hill. His menu, which has been inspired by fresh produce from the Overberg has been paired with regional wines which express the inherent character of the variety and their place of origin.
The evening will start with Elgin Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2011 before moving on to a salad of poached pear and gorgonzola with fresh watercress, toasted walnuts and candied beetroot purée served with the Iona Viognier 2009.
The main menu consists of slow roasted Elgin free range chicken served with wild mushroom and truffle risotto and brandy essence alongside a Sutherland Viognier/Roussanne 2009 and Radford Dale Freedom Pinot Noir 2010.
A beef fillet poached in red wine served with smoked potato purée, vanilla infused baby vegetable parcel and port wine is paired with the Cederberg Shiraz 2008.Finaly, for desert guests will enjoy apple tart with strawberry compôte, cardamom ice cream and ginger preserve paired with South Hill Rose 2011.
This coming months Expressions menu will be launched on Thursday 29th March at our wine and dine with the winemakers and will be available thereafter on our MINT restaurant Table d’Hôte dinner menu for the month of April. 2 courses at R175, 3 courses at R210 excluding paired wines which are available by the glass.
The Taj Cape Town provides stylish accommodation in Cape Town. Secure complimentary parking is available in Mandela Rhodes Place adjacent to the hotel with the parking entrance located in Burg Street, off Wale Street.
Image courtesy of Taste of Cape Town
Cape Town will be celebrating the culinary event of the year as Taste of Cape Town celebrates its 5th foodtastic anniversary.
Taste of Cape Town will once more be returning to the beautiful surrounds of Green Point Cricket Club to bring together the city’s most acclaimed restaurants, award- winning wineries, premium drink brands, artisan producers, boutique exhibitors and fantastic entertainment.
The festival will be attracting the city’s most dedicated and sophisticated foodies for four days of mouth-watering gourmet food and drink as well as a range of stalls where visitors can shop for ingredients, try delicious speciality food and relax in what has been described as the laid back atmosphere of a boutique food market.
The unique festival has become a truly world-class event, growing from a gastronomic meeting of the minds into festival that aims to educate and entertain guests with a line-up of innovative and interactive programmes on cooking and eating.
Crowns, the festival currency, are used to purchase food and drinks from the restaurants, bars and exhibitors and itself can be purchased using cash or credit card at the event from the Taste Bank or from roaming Crown sellers dressed in pink. Each Crown is worth R5 and prices range from 4 to 8 Crowns per dish with change offered in Crowns only.
Taste of Cape Town will be taking place from 19 – 22 April 2012 and the standard entrance fee which includes a tasting glass is R80. R200 premium tickets are available which include R120 worth of Crowns. For serious foodies, there are also Taste Clubhouse Experience tickets priced at R685 which come with 3 premium drinks, R180 worth of Crowns and access to a private clubhouse with a cash bar.
On the menu at Bombay Brasserie you will find a Shaami Shikhampuri Kebab – 6 Crowns a Pounded Lamb Kebab with a yogurt centre & mint chutney filling, Secondly a Kingklip Amritsari – 4 Crowns a Spicy battered fish with Bishop’s Weed, and thirdly a Paneer Koliwada – 4 Crowns a cottage cheese fritters with a Tamarind chutney filling. At Mint Restaurant you will find Crispy Calamari Chilli wild pepper with Dijonnaise – 5 Crowns.
The Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town and made its mark at last year’s Taste of Cape Town, consistently ranking as one of the top stands in the four-day festival with dishes from Bombay Brasserie and Mint Restaurant.