It all happened tasting menu, beautiful views and notes from a boys table…
La Colombe proudly sits within the top restaurants in the world and for good reason. Coming away after the tasting menu the service as well as the food was memorable. What an experience to look back on, the butter was something that I still fantasize about now but I loved the fact that despite the reputation the whole experience was relaxed and fun.
The restaurant was initially located within the vineyards of the Uitsig wine estate in Constantia and later relocated to the Silvermist wine estate at the top of Constantia overlooking the wine valley, Flase Bay and Hout Bay. If you can definitely get to the restaurant in time for aa pre-dinner drink whilst the sun sets over the estate.
The restaurant has won endless awards over the last few years and as they state on their website: ‘with impeccable service and an award winning winelist, La Colombe is a truly unforgettable experience’ I can only agree.
We enjoyed 7 courses with matching wines and every bite from the butter to the pudding wine was divine. The sommelier was informative and interesting about each matching wine and each plate seemed more magical and impressive than the last. To start we enjoyed their signature Tuna La Colombe which was ceviche tuna served in a tuna tin. I opted for the quail over the springbok having enjoyed springbok the prior evening, it was beautifully cooked and paired with a Tosca Red Blend, 2014 from Stellenbosch. The beef that followed was, of course, divine.
Each dish was presented beautifully with a twist on the style, my crayfish dish was a glass box with a shell and sand scene in it. The lemon grass, ginger and watermelon sorbet amuse bouche was served in eggs and displayed in a very dramatic, dry iced, smoking nest which was fun.
The foie gras, peach and bourbon dessert was interesting, perhaps not to my taste but being a dessert wine fan this was the best element of this course. Saying that a lovely note from the “English boys” on the next table asking us for a drink was perhaps the icing of the cake which made the fun evening that little bit better.
Looking back now I am still so impressed by the experience and in total awe of the Scot Kirton’s passion and skill. The precision involved with the curation of each dish, the perfectly matched wines as well as the impeccable service leaves you pretty impressed.
I cannot wait to head back to it again, another visit will definitely be one of my main reasons to head back to Cape Town sooner than planned.