La Mouette has been around since 2010 and yet this was our first ever visit to the restaurant. The Tudor home lends itself to a certain charm and to top that, the menu changes seasonally. Clinton, Lara, Dave and I went for lunch on a cold, wet Sunday. Thankfully the fire was well stoked and the view out of the window improved when the sun showed her face.
We all chose the winter special menu at R295 each for 5 courses. Bread was brought to the table and both Lara and I dove straight in. The olive oil was warmed which I so enjoyed and it is an idea I will use at home. After that, the amuse bouche arrived. We were served mushroom gyoza, truffle and cheese croquettes and a linseed cracker topped with lime mousse, blue cheese and poached pear carpaccio. I loved the croquettes, found the gyoza interesting (my first try of these) but I did not enjoy the cracker. This was followed by a garden pea soup served with whipped goat’s milk yoghurt, coconut foam and pine-nut brittle. All you could hear from the table was a chorus of sighs as we oohed and aahed over the deliciousness of the soup.
Mains and desserts
We were evenly split between the cured pork belly accompanied by Jerusalem artichokes, currants, broccoli purée and crackling and the ricotta tortellini. This was topped with an umami emulsion, parsley oil and an onion and almond crumble. The choice for the 3rd course was unanimous and we all went for the smoked brisket risotto. Another perfect dish in my opinion. When it came to dessert, the lemon meringue scored top marks! Topped with mascarpone, lemon leaf snow and wood sorrel the flavours were sublime.
Service and more
Our waiter Knowledge was really good even if the service was a tad slow. This did not detract from a great meal and the feeling of a lazy Sunday afternoon spent in excellent company. We enjoyed two bottles of the Vilafonte Seriously Old Dirt. This Bordeaux Blend is priced at R530 a bottle but worth the expense. We had espressi after our meal which were served with petit fours and the bill, including gratuity came to R2700.00
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