La Colombe at Silvermist Vineyards
There is little argument that Cape Town is recognised as one of the most important cities in the world for fine cuisine and wine. The renowned and award-winning La Colombe in the Constantia Valley has been an instrumental part of this international interest and recognition over the years. Announced as South Africa’s number 1 restaurant in the 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, La Colombe has grown meticulously through the delicate hands of award-winning chef proprietor Scot Kirton and the extraordinarily talented executive chef James Gaag and his team.
James Gaag’s food philosophy is all about flavor and the finest ingredients. Each dish is seasonal, immediately delicious and inviting, not overworked or overcomplicated, a seamless alignment of balanced flavors and visual appeal with world class service. He credits Scot Kirton, his travels around the world, his surroundings in Cape Town and his staff as his greatest inspiration.
There are many enticing dishes on the menus offered, such as a sweet potato, wagyu drippings and oxtail bread course. Kerala style quail stuffed with langoustines, labneh and coriander; springbok, mushroom and liver parfait sandwich; Bahibe, blood orange and smoked almond but most playful of all is chef Gaag’s now signature dish Tuna ‘La Colombe’ – the tuna tataki is presented in a sealed ring-pull can and diners are encouraged to guess the ingredients, although they are actually listed on the back of the can.
La Colombe is open daily for lunch from 12H00-14H00 and dinner from 18H30-21h00.
Photographs courtesy of Andrea van der Spuy.