First stop was Emmanuel’s on Saturday, where my prince was kind enough to take me to, just cos’ he knows I love food and he enjoys fine dining and my company I suppose. It’s not often that I venture into town for anything really, but for Emmanuel’s, I made this exception, as its reputation preceded itself.
Worries like, ‘is the car going to be safe?’ were quickly answered by the sight of the armed policeman and the security guard at the entrance to the garden leading to the restaurant. As an architect, I was particularly thrilled by the glasshouse effect made by the use of floor to ceiling glazing in garden-facing part of the restaurant.
As we entered, we were promptly attended to, seated at a table of our choice in a corner by the bookshelves (a touch that made me feel somewhat at home as I love books). The selection of wines on offer ranged from the local Bushman’s Rock Wine Estate wines to those from smaller South African vineyards. After ordering, we received our appetizer, and I had a rather embarrassing moment where I actually said we hadn’t ordered it. I’m grateful my other half was there to help me save face and firmly tell me it was simply the appetizer and it was free.
From the varied selection in the HRW menu I had the Kariba Crayfish salad while my Prince Charming had the Oxtail Ravioli. Both dishes were excellently presented and wonderfully made. The salad in particular was a taste explosion in my mouth, with the dried mango adding a ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the crayfish and avocado tones. Main courses chosen were the Braised Leg of Lamb served with champ potatoes and cooking liquor and the Poached Fillets of Bream Farci filled with Salmon Mousse, served with a white wine cream reduction; both served with potato gratin and seasonal vegetables. I found the lamb to be rather dry and chewy but I know the bream was a delight to eat. We finished off with two very exciting desserts; the Crème Brulee and 3 Tier Chocolate Terrine, which were wonderfully constructed and an indulgence on the lips.
If you haven’t already been, now is the time to try Emmanuel’s before the 26th. For $25 per person you really get more than you bargained for food wise, truly exceptional service and unforgettable warm ambience.
Next stop 360 Degrees tomorrow night for our monthly Dinner Club with the ladies ;-)