Hi loves, it's been a while, I hope you are all well.
This post is delayed - argh exams and life - but it is still one of my most exciting posts to date!
I was so lucky to receive an invite from Executive Chef Michelle Theron, to come and try her new summer menu at Pierneef à La Motte! Before I continue, I would like to apologize for my overuse of exclamation marks up there - I am just THAT excited to be writing this review.As mentioned, I met with Executive Chef Michelle, to come and try her new summer menu at Pierneef à La Motte in Franschhoek. This was such a pleasant surprise, and of course I said yes. The setting was a one-on-one tasting where I could ask questions and compliment the meals. To be honest I was so nervous to start off with, but Michelle is so warm and friendly. It was as if I was invited into her home!
Forgive me, there I go with the exclamations again.
Michelle's energy is carried out throughout the restaurant and all staff extended the utmost kindness towards me. I felt like royalty, but also like being in my grandmother's kitchen. That's how amazing the vibe is.
What I loved most about my experience at Pierneef à La Motte was that the place oozed with South African heritage. This was notable in the farm stall, the decor, the art museum (yes, they have an art museum!) and especially the food.
The South African heritage and the new season inspired the amazing new menu. It had all the South African favourites as well as fresh summer ingredients such as herbs and citrus. Michelle said she loves to keep things fresh and aims to changes the menu often, so you're guaranteed something new each time you visit.
Food: The food at Pierneef à La Motte was mouthwatering and flavourful. There were some firm South African favourites, with Michelle's fresh twist, as well as exciting dishes new to me. I was offered a bread board which included delicious beetroot flat bread served with a smooth carrot spread. For the starter I chose the tongue with beetroot, cheese and fresh herbs. I loved how well the different flavours fused together and the colour pallet it created. My mains were chicken and guinea fowl with pureed peas, served with a cake of potato. This was my first time trying guinea fowl and I was happy that the taste and texture was delectable. With the combination of the peas and potato, it melted in my mouth. I was stuffed by the time I got to dessert, and pleased that my option was not too sweet. I opted for a citrus jelly glass, with a biscuit to add some crunch to the texture.
Service: I was blown away by the service and professionalism of all the staff, and I say this without being biased. They were absolutely charming as well. I was seated right at the kitchen, whilst having a view of the entire restaurant. So lucky. Thus, allowing me to observe the service given to the patrons and watch the food being prepared. They made sure that that the food was prepared meticulously and served promptly!
Decor: The restaurant follows the charm and beauty of the estate, so it was no surprise that it looked as stunning. It was as if you're dining in art galary.
Overall: Definitely worth the afternoon drive, or an early morning breakfast visit! The estate is a great setting away from the city's loud hustle and bustle. Who wouldn't want to enjoy a meal in absolute serenity? 10/10!
Until we eat again.