I know it’s almost Easter already, but as usual, life got in the way while I was trying to wax lyrical about our Valentine’s dinner at Wiesenhof At Boschenmeer. Among other things, we lost our little fur-boy Roly, just after Valentine’s day, at the age of 14 and have all been devastated by this. He was born under my bed while I was managing the game lodge, in December 2003, and he and his two brothers all fitted into my one hand. Roly was the really lazy homebody of the three, so he has been my shadow and constant companion for 14 years. He was very un-catlike in that respect. We had a very special bond and I don’t think a day will go by that I won’t miss his warm, silky little body snuggling against me.
The search for a venue for Valentine’s Dinner
But, back to the topic at hand. We often battle with trying to find just the right balance for a Valentine’s dinner, especially living in the Western Cape. As I’ve said before (Read: Western-cape-wine-estates-part-1 ), the Cape has become so popular with foreign tourists that celebrations such as Valentine’s, New Year’s Eve and the like have almost gone beyond the reach of the ordinary South African.
Champagne, Caviar and Lobster…or not
We don’t really understand how these places can justify the price per head they charge. In our opinion, for that money, the meal would have to include Champagne (and I’m talking the real stuff here), caviar and endless amounts of seafood. But they don’t. Not by a long shot. A local wine estate in our area was advertising a Valentine’s dinner special at R300 a head, for pizzas! Pizzas, I tell you. And all because they know they have a captive market. All those poor guys who feel forced to spend an entire month’s salary on girlfriend or wife, just to prove their love!
Aah, finally…someone who has the right idea!
So this spot was a real revelation to us. Just around the corner; the setting is lovely and this little bistro has a cosy but elegant feel. The staff (in particular Shean) are very attentive and enthusiastic and the food absolutely faultless.
We were welcomed with a lovely Kir Royale cocktail, on the veranda overlooking the Boschenmeer golf course. When we were ready, we moved inside, made our selection and ordered a bottle of Laborie Chardonnay to accompany our meal.
Fortunately, every single dish offered for our Valentine’s dinner was something both of us loved. So, as per our usual MO, we each ordered a different dish and shared, as we love to do. (I can never understand people who won’t share their food! To us it makes perfect sense to sample as much of a restaurant’s offering as possible, without feeling like pigs…)
Healthy stuff to start
Then onto the naughty,bacon-wrapped yummy-ness
Otto usually shakes his head at me because I’m a salt freak. I always, always need to add salt and pepper – no matter how tasty the food. Yet I felt absolutely no need for this with any of Wiesenhof’s dishes. They were all-round delish.
And to round off, decadent sweet things
One of the best Crème brûlées I’ve had, I have to say. Otto’s pavlova was just enough “sweet” for him, and really tasty. Being European, he prefers to end his meal with cheese and biscuits. But this was his sacrifice for me and you readers!
At three delicious and really interesting courses for R269 per person, plus a welcome Kir Royale cocktail, this was unbelievable value for a Valentine’s dinner in Cape Town! It was also more than enough food for each of us.
They offer various specials most days of the week and live music on Fridays. So, this is not just a once-off, once-a-year venue, but a great choice for an anytime treat. We’ll be back, for sure.
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