Cape Winelands: La Motte
At the end of October I took a tour group through the Cape Winelands area.
One of the places we visited was La Motte in Franschhoek where we had a spectacular lunch in the Pierneef Restaurant. They have found a novel way of dealing with old crockery and kitchen bits and bobs.
The name of the restaurant was inspired by La Motte’s admiration of South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957). Pierneef’s creativity in portraying the beauty of the South African landscape is echoed in the restaurant’s offering of traditional cuisine with a modern interpretation. The unique food styles and diverse flavours have been inspired by centuries of cooking, spiced by influences from across the globe forming the precious ingredients of Cape Winelands Cuisine. A hardcover recipe book of the same title and with beautiful photography, now shares these special recipes and their history. Cape Winelands Cuisine, the cookbook, is available from the La Motte Farm Shop and all leading bookshops.
The restaurant interior blend beautifully with the external surroundings – a fresh, natural look inside is embraced by tranquil gardens and majestic oak trees – where a Winelands Tea with a selection of home-baked delights from the Farm Shop can be enjoyed.
The exclusively arranged Pierneef à La Motte Chef’s Table offers a fine-dine menu in line with guests’ preferences, as pre-arranged with Chef Chris Erasmus, as well as a harmoniously complementing wine selection.