Tasting the Summer Menu at The Dining Room, Leeu Estates

Franschhoek is filled with pristine wine estates where you can laze away on a summer day, sipping a glass of wine and indulging in some finely crafted foods. Leeu Estates, which forms part of the Leeu Collection, ticks all these boxes with their manicured lawns, fine artwork and elegant wines.

I recently posted a review of their new Afternoon Tea offering, and since then I’ve been invited to try their new summer menu served at The Dining Room.

The new menu includes breakfast, served between 07:00 and 11:00, lunch from 12:00 till 15:00, and dinner from 19:00 to 21:00.

The dishes combine innovation and traditional elements. In my opinion the meat dishes far outshine the vegetarian options. A highlight was the Karoo lamb “skilpadjie”, which was not made completely in the style of traditional skilpadjies (kidney wrapped in fat), but still delicious.

Overall the food was good, though I’d have loved more creative salads and innovative vegetarian and vegan dishes that follow modern food trends. That being said, the menu does include starters like Garden Squash with Buffalo Mozzarella, Grains and Seeds, as well as Garden Vegetable in rice paper with a Cape Malay-spiced dressing. These certainly sound delicious and much better suited for the hot Franschhoek summer. On the mains side, I also heard praise for the Roast White Fish with Gnocci, Summer Vegetables and Velouté.

For dessert we tried the Passion Fruit Soufflé, served with White Chocolate Ice Cream, which was perfectly executed and delivered a sharp, sweetness that I enjoyed. Another gem was the Valrhona Chocolate Fondant with Rum & Raisin Ice Cream, tearing open to reveal an oozy, indulgent centre.

If you feel like indulging in some South African classics, try it out.

You can taste the new menu at R375 for two courses or R575 for three courses. Head HERE to view the full offering.

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