On Saturday I was lucky enough to be invited to spend a few hours at one of my favourite spots in the Southern Suburbs, The Vineyard Hotel. The occasion was the launch of Myoga‘s new 5 course lunch menu. Definitely something to celebrate!
Fortunately I was able to rustle up some babysitting in the form of a kind aunt and enthusiastic cousins and my husband and I were able to rendezvous midday on a Saturday… unheard of in our usual lives! For a few hours we could bliss out with a beautiful view, delicious wine, exquisitely presented food… and pretty decent company!
Unfortunately in my haste to get those few hours alone I forgot to pack my SLR camera…. fortunately phones these days are not too shabby but that means you’ll have to enjoy the experience along with me via my Instagram pics…
We settled in to our seats all set to explore this unique dining experience and decided to opt for the wine pairing menu which pairs carefully selected wines with each course. While perusing the enticing menu we started what was to be an artistic affair with an apt bread board delivered on an artist’s palette!
To begin with we tried a delicious “tickler” – a “Breakfast at Lunch” of a unique oatmeal porridge with miso milk that had delicious earthy flavours of onions, mushrooms and oats.
This was followed by the second course where I chose to enjoy the Shiozuke salmon served with pickled daikon, apple achar, edemame gel and elements of Thai snowball.
Other starter dishes include Salumi venison loin or Ancho chilli garlic chorizo prawns and for vegetarian diners, there’s a green curry barley “risotto”, coconut financier, coconut spuma and jalapeno pickled baby rainbow carrots.
The third course cleanses the palate in the form of a Kalamansi sorbet – a Japanese citrus fruit.
This is followed by the fourth course, mains, which included dishes such as confit duck tacos served with fontina cheese foam, pomegranate chipotle duck breast, mango mission fig scallion salad and avocado tomatillo salsa verde. Other options include an Angus beef fillet or Hoisin baby kabeljou and for vegetarian diners there is a carrot and cream cheese tortellini with kataifei pastry, ginger and pinenut beurre noisette.
To complete this incredible taste sensation, the fifth and final course offered up delectable options such as “Death of strawberry shortcake” – think strawberry and lots of it! Strawberry bombe, strawberry coulis, white chocolate sponge, vanilla ice cream strawberry gel, strawberry pastille, soft strawberry fizzer assorted summer berries. Alternatively, the coconut sphere with a coconut moelleux, coconut panna cotta, butternut churros, burnt orange sauce and coconut marshmallows won’t disappoint.
I opted to go for the very unique vegetarian-friendly dessert aptly named “The chicken and the egg”. This is gluten free vegan cake with vegan egg, caramel popcorn, almond praline, chicken pectin jelly, soy caramel, almond milk sorbet and fresh apricot and came beautifully presented, almost too good to eat, almost!
I loved the whole dining experience, the waiting staff were friendly and helpful, the patio doors opened out onto an autumn-hued garden and an open plan kitchen made for a relaxed and informal afternoon.
With this fine dining menu with it’s myriad of flavours and taste sensations you could expect to pay rather exorbitant prices, but the amazing news is that this who 5 course lunch tasting menu is actually a very reasonable price…. Only R275 per person! If you opt to try the wine pairing too you’ll pay an additional R225 per person.
Myoga is open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch 11:30 – 14:00; Monday to Saturday for dinner 18:30 – 22:30.
Bookings are advisable.