Food24 eats at... La Colombe

Chef Caro and restaurant ed. Cath Shone experience the winter menu.

by: Caro de Waal | 17 Jun 2010

The setting

At lunchtime, La Colombe has a light and airy feel and you can admire the beautiful courtyard through the glass doors. It is a happy feeling, a feeling that allows you to wistfully sit down and start looking through the fantastical menu with a smile and wide excited eyes.

Nestled on the Constantia Uitsig wine farm in Cape Town, it needs no introduction as one of SA’s top restaurants. In fact, it was recently voted 12th in the World in the recent San Pellegrino listing.

Luke Dale-Roberts is the gastronomic wizard at the helm of this magical place where we tasted his wares in the form of the 5 course knock-your-socks-off winter menu.

The food

Nothing short of awesome.

As we delighted through the menu, it struck me that La Colombe is not about eating, it’s an experience. Luke’s dishes are beautiful with each component a tiny triumph in themselves. They work together to form a harmony of flavour and a lot of ‘OMG did-you-taste-that’s?’ and passionate eye-rolling.

But don’t take our word for it, have an ogle at the gallery of what we ate… you’ll be high-tailing it there in no time, I guarantee it.

The wine

The wines that have been selected to go with each course have the enviable task of complimenting Luke’s creations. They do a great job to stand up to the flavours he has put together and Cath’s favourite pairing was the Cedarberg Bukettraube 2006 with the rabbit, chorizo lardon and date ballotine. Incredible.  

The L’Avenir Chenin Blanc 2007 comes up twice on the menu and some other top names like Anura and Klein Constantia also make an appearance. The overall experience is really enhanced with the wine pairing. Easy task? Or not, when you are dealing with food of this calibre.

The prices

Five course of serious cuisine (that’s after 2-3 amuse bouche) paired with beautiful wines served by an Orlando Bloom look-alike (twitpic) does wonders for the soul. And it all comes to R380 pp all-in.

Yes, Heston Blumenthal was there the other day to give it a bash and many a high-end customer seen, but the catch phrase here is how reasonable the winter menu is.

For the 12th best restaurant in the World, I reckon this is the deal of the century and it allows us locals to have the La Colombe experience full-ball without burning our pockets.

Perfect for

A romantic evening, special occasion or kick-ass foodie experience with family and friends.

- Caro de Waal

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