South Africa Foodie Trail- Day One

We took off from our hotel Table bay at the Victoria and Albert water front . It was indeed a beautiful drive into the country side .Mountains lining on both the sides of the road with sky line dressed with silver clouds which could easily pass of as a picture postcard scenery . Nearly an hour later we reached the Franschhoek valley where we visited the Roca restaurant at the Dieu Donne wine farm ( Address: Dieu Donne Vineyards, 28 Uitkyk St, Cape Town, 7690, South Africa) Roca means rock and “Dieu Donne “ means a gift from god .So we were finally at the rock on the beautiful picturesque land given by god. There is a micro brewery at the vineyard and Roca restaurant where one can combine sophisticated eating with a magnificent panoramic view of the valley the manager was kind enough to allocate a premium seating for us so we could get the best view of this beautiful valley. I selected a Merlot red wine from their in house wine list.

With a soothing pipe line music the valley and the splendid view of the sun set the valley looked like a fairy land.

The menu consists of the favourite cuisines of the mediterranean .From fresh crisp salads , roasted olives. Duck spring rolls pork belly with caramel and chilly and ginger sauce, vegetable crisps, Broccoli floreties with almond and blue cheese veloute , Ostrich teaks with buttery mashed potatoes , truffles mushroom served on ravioli with msuhrrom foam sauce , pizzas , wild mushroom and sea food risotto to mouth watering desserts like ceese and and chocolate fondante with preserved orange and mint – the menu has been cleverly designed by the chef to bring out simplicity of flavors .

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Monish Gujral

First chef from India to be invited to Le cordon Bleu to demonstrate in Paris. Monish is credited with the trailblazing turn-around of Moti Mahal, from being a small but iconic presence in Delhi, to becoming a multi-national corporation that is well on its way to defining how the world eats Indian food. A traditionalist, Monish has remained true to the signature dishes that made Moti Mahal a legend, while reinventing the dining experience into one that is exciting and avant garde to suit modern sensibilities.

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