Sunday lunches used to be a thing. I’m not sure when the stopped being a thing? But in recent years it seems they have fallen by the wayside.
A pity really, considering how lovely it is to enjoy a long, leisurely meal with your loved ones every week. Daily life is often too hurried for such things which is way Sunday lunch should be all the more sacred. But it isn’t. A pity really!
A few Sunday’s back we made a point of spending some quality family time together. My husband and I had just been away from Mon – Fri on a press trip (sounds like a holiday, is really work!) and then Saturday had been back-to-back kids parties which meant that Sunday was going to be the first full day together as a family in almost a week.
We knew we wanted to make it special. We headed to La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek where we were greeted with the most incredible view of the Franschhoek valley. We couldn’t help but head out onto the lawn below our table to soak it all in before settling in to order our meal…
La Petite Ferme has recently had a facelift and the interior is looking equally gorgeous…
Our kids welcomed the Children’s Menu and both opted for the crumbed chicken burger and chips and Foodie Ben deemed this to be “the best burger” he’s tried in recent memory!
Once they were both fed and watered, it was time to enjoy our own selection from the menu.
We started with Crumbed Goats Chevre with fig preserve, rocket and walnuts for him and Rice Paper Wrap with creamy free-range wasabi chicken, mint, coriander and soy dipping sauce for her. Both delicious and very moreish, however I found my wraps fell apart a bit too quickly to be actually dipped…
For mains my husband went a bit more adventurous than normal with the Braised leg of Rabbit with mustard apple sauce, baby vegetables, dried apple and sweet potato puree.
I opted for the Slow Roasted Aubergine Wrapped Lamb infused with Moroccan spice and served with crushed potato, poached dried prunes, red wine jus and minted yoghurt.
After trying a sample of each other’s mains we both agreed that the other had order the better option – isn’t that always the case? I think it must have something to do with the fact that after enjoying one meal for a few mins, and then switching to another, the fresh burst of flavours tastes decidedly more delicious than your original choice. Both meals were superb, I don’t think you can go wrong with either option!
No Sunday lunch is complete without dessert and we were eager to dive in to their decadent selection… In fact it was positively difficult to decide but we eventually settled on the Dulce de Leche Ice Cream served with peanut and dark chocolate soil, dark chocolate sauce, passion fruit curd and chocolate pearls. With all that chocolate it was always going to win.
My husband is a cheesecake fan and so his natural choice was the Baked Lemon Cheesecake with raspberries and passion fruit curd.
After enjoying the view from our table for a while longer, we took one last turn around the grounds before it was time to head home.
After a well spent afternoon in this beautiful corner of the world, it was easy to see why La Petite Ferme has received so many accolades (including Best Value Restaurant from Conde Nast & Top 10 Restaurant from Wine Magazine)
Be sure to treat yourself and someone special to lunch here soon!
Contact La Petite Ferme
Franschhoek Pass Road
Tel: +27 (0) 21 876 3016
Images: Kathryn Rossiter