A beautiful day out in Devon Valley!
A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to enjoy a lovely lunch at Louisvale which we couldn’t turn down. Keeping an eye on their Instagram feed, they already had us drooling just by looking at their beautiful culinary creations and we weren’t disappointed when we got to taste these as well.
Being a pioneer in South African Chardonnay, they decided that all good wines should have excellent food to match and opened a brand new venue for their restaurant a couple of years ago. While lockdowns put a few hurdles on the track, their culinary team is not letting this stop them and are continuously innovating to bring creative interpretations of popular dishes to the table. With a new menu on offer every month, some old favourites are re-invented while also giving the chefs plenty opportunity to be creative.
We couldn’t wait to enjoy their hospitality, incredible food and stunning views!
To start we enjoyed the baked camembert bruschetta with preserve figs, bacon bits, a balsamic reduction and rocket. The toasted bread, along with the sweetness of the figs and smoky bacon played together beautifully to deliver a wonderful start to our lunch.
We also ordered the fresh mussels to start, which came in a rich and creamy tomato base, as well as some delicious olives. The mussels were incredibly flavourful which was brought out even more with the perfect balance of garlic, parsley, lemon and white wine. A fantastic starter, that I would recommend to everyone that loves mussels.
Moving onto the mains, I ordered the prawn risotto. With a prawn bisque base, peas and rocket lemon pesto, this dish was the absolute highlight. Perfectly cooked risotto, incredibly flavouful, giving every ingredient a time to shine. Larger prawns were added on top of the dish, while smaller bits were packed along with the risotto. It was served with the Louisvale Sauvignon,- a vibrant, elegant wine that is perfect for seafood. You can expect bursts of passion fruit, grapefruit and gooseberry with subtle notes of green fig.
We also ordered the pork belly which is always a crowd favourite wherever you go. It came with a roast pumpkin risotto, pumpkin seed crumb, a brown sugar miso glaze and ginger syrup. Elements of sweet and smokiness played perfectly off another like one is accustomed to but the ingredients brought something new & fresh to a dish that everyone loves. The pork belly was served with Dominique; – a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc., that spend 12 months in French oak that brings intense fruit aromas of black currant and plum.
We had an incredible time at Louisvale where everything was simply perfect. From the friendly service, to the wine recommendations, plating of the dishes as well as the flavour combinations, I would recommend the eatery at Louisvale to everyone looking to spend a lazy day in the Winelands. With a menu that changes constantly, you will have plenty of reasons to come back and enjoy the incredible hospitality and stunning views of the Devon Valley again and again.
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P.S.: Louisvale also caters for weddings, larger celebrations, private functions and more. Give them a call to host your special event on their beautiful wine estate in Devon Valley.