Sophisticated comfort food with Terroir’s new winter menu
Terroir is well deserving of the acclaim and awards it has received thus far. The food is beautifully plated and tasty yet not overly complicated, the wine delicious (and thoughtfully paired with each dish if desired), a complimentary and homemade varied bread board is always on offer, the service is attentive and warm, add to this a cosy interior for wintery days and sun-dappled patio for the warmer months and you have a restaurant that you will return to again and again.
Winter really is the best time to visit our myriad of amazing wine farms in my opinion, cashing in on some great winter specials is an added bonus. The acclaimed Terroir at Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch just launched their new winter menu and it’s a goodie.
RUTH COOPER 21 JUN 2017
I recently tested out the new winter special menu and loved every morsel. The special includes a choice of two dishes (starter/main or main/dessert) for R295 per person or the chef’s choice of four courses at R450 per person, both include a glass of Kleine Zalze wine.
Being somewhat of a glutton and to give the most well-rounded review, my partner and I went for the four course option. This included two starters and a main and dessert each.
As there are four starters on the special menu, we chose one each – the well-loved prawn, corn and basil risotto with sauce Américaine (which has featured on the menu for over 12 years and can never be removed due to mass complaints from regulars), the oh-so-tasty goats cheese, leek and asparagus tartlet with chestnut puree, the rich and seductive beef cheeks with gnocchi and kimchi aioli and, my personal favourite, the squid cannelloni with stuffed shitake mushrooms and chicken in a velouté broth. What a great start!
For mains we chose the flame-grilled, dry-aged rib-eye with butternut terrine and a burnt butter hollandaise foam – buttery, rare and tender, the best way to eat rib-eye – as well as the confit and breast of duck served with herb emulation, BBQ cauliflower and shitake. Beautifully cooked and paired, this is one tasty dish.
Dessert saw us choose the rich toffee soufflé with banana and lime ice-cream and salted caramel sauce and Le Kit Kat with mascarpone ice-cream. As the name suggests, Le Kit Kat is inspired by the chocolate bar and emulates and elevates this well-loved chocolate through the form of a rich, crunchy and deeply satisfying slab of chocolatey goodness.
Terroir really does excel at ice-creams and both variations were inspired and impeccable. Trios of ice-cream and sorbet scoops are also offered on the dessert menu.
All in all a perfect lunch outing in the winelands