Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cuvée puts a spin on traditional summer lunch favourites

Strawberries and cream vanilla panna cotta with dehydrated strawberries, white chocolate ice cream and shortbread

Take a culinary road trip down memory lane and taste the essence of the Cape's flavours at Cuvée restaurant amidst the Simonsig vineyards, with their new summer light lunch and Gastronomic menus.

Line fish with tempura mussels, coconut rice balls, kachumber and laksa sauce

Adding some spice to locally sourced ingredients, chef Lucas Carstens has designed a brand new lunch menu combining traditional South African favourites with a quirky flavour twist. The new line-up includes yester-year favourites from Cape fishcakes with homemade masala mayo and ox tongue dressed with traditional sweet mustard sauce to juicy aged rib eye steak with peach mampoer butter and crispy onions. In true South African style, Cuvée guests can savour lamb ribs braaied over real coals, guaranteed to be a winner with foreign guests looking for traditional home turf food.

Prawn, papaya and avocado salad with chilli and ginger

Lucas who enjoys the lamb ribs the most says: “I love experimenting in the kitchen and with access to beautiful, seasonal ingredients, and with the strong focus on local, traditional dishes in our new light summer menu, my team and I want to showcase the best of Cape food and introduce our guests our rich food heritage,”

Gebraaide lamsribbetjie with rosemary and preserved lemon

In addition to the new light menu, Lucas has also revamped his a la carte Gastronomic Menu. Promising a true Simonsig experience some of the seasonal newcomers on the menu include new taste sensations such as decadent carrot risotto with a drizzle of white chocolate sauce, seared home farmed trout, rabbit and pancetta roulade and beef fillet with oxtail truffles.

“In addition to relying on local produce as far as we can in all our dishes, we aim to reduce our carbon footprint even further by making use of our own Simonsig home farmed trout” adds Lucas.

On the Cuvée terrace and wooden deck, guests can enjoy al fresco indulgences whilst soaking up the breathtaking views of the Simonsberg and sip on the wines crafted from the surrounding vineyards.

Cuvée is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 12h00 - 15h00 and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 19h00 - 22h00. Private evening functions and parties can be reserved in Simonsig’s stylish Van Niekerk Room.

For reservations or more information contact Cuvée restaurant at Tel: (021) 888 4932; send an email to or visit

Simonsig Wine Estate is located outside Stellenbosch, on the Kromme Rhee road between the R44 and R304.