I met Mari and Chef Henry at the very first Twitterati Party last summer. Their space, La Mouette, had recently opened and the Captonian sunshine was giving them (and us) a welcome that reminded me of The Secret Garden. Because it was right there, in the leafy courtyard, that this restauranteur-duo whisked us away into a land of French-inspired cuisine.
Ever since, La Mouette has been changing their menu each month to incorporate seasonality and to let Chef's ingenuity really shine. To welcome-in November, this team seems to have gone above and beyond and is showcasing 2 tasting menu's, a seafood taster, a list of delectable tapas options and a Summer lunch menu.
After a keen inspection of all the options my choices would be the fresh tuna tartare with avo puree, toast and spiced tomato jelly; the pan-fried calamari with tomato fondue, wild rocket and Parmesan shards; the succulent morsels of chicken satay-skewered and served with a papaya salad and a lime, chilli and coconut dip. And of course my favourite part of the meal - dessert - held a few things that sounded simply other worldly! Think peanut butter macaroons with coconut sorbet, coriander cress, passion fruit and hint of chilli or a deconstructed strawberry cheese cake with a shortbread, marshmallow and crème fraiche sorbet.
Since my introduction to La Mouette (love at first bite), I’ve noticed the evolution of the offering that started off with distinct French precision. However, La Mouette recently celebrated a glorious afternoon with an Indian lunch and while I wasn’t present, I had a look at the menu. Some elements have made their way through to this season's dining experience with onion bhaji, triple cooked chips with a tandoori dip and fresh chilli that seems to have made its way into a few dishes. This could be heaven for everyone?
Take a look at the full menu's on their site www.lamouette.co.za and be sure to make your way down for a 6 course tasting menu at R120, which is insanely good value for your pocket and a sensory extravaganza. Yes, I went there.
78 Regent Road, Sea Point
021 433 0856
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