Two intricately sculpted metal leopards guard the entrance of Anthonij Rupert’s Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar and tasting room. Inside you’ll find an intimate and cosy dining area that offers a perfect hideaway from the winter chill, where you can indulge in heartwarming Italian-inspired dishes. I had the enormous pleasure of visiting for the first time to experience their new seasonal winter menu.
I chose to sample from their vegetarian and seafood options and was able to try, enjoy and absolutely fall in love with the dishes on show, while still admiring the stunning and striking meatier selections.
With a glass of the L’Ormarins Blanc de Blanc in hand, we were ushered into the beautifully set Antipasti bar, and asked to take our seats, where the true flavour experience started.
First up was the heartening Black Angus beef brodo shot with freshly baked focaccia and Terra Del Capo extra virgin olive oil. In place of the beef brodo, I had a delicious mushroom broth with gnocchi instead.
With our appetite sufficiently whet, our gracious hosts told us a little more about the fresh Terra del Capo Pinot Grigio that had been paired with our meals. Despite originating from a red grape, the light and fruity wine is a beautifully clear white colour with a gentle citrus and elderflower nose, and a light but distinct stone fruit and nectarine palate.
Next up was the aubergine involtini with ricotta, parmesan and napolitana, with its savoury crust and melt-in-the-mouth texture, a dish of perfectly sauteed porcini mushrooms with garlic, thyme and parmigiano-reggiano, one of my personal favourites of the day.
But the real show-stopper? The smoked Franschhoek trout with gremolata crème fraiche, preserved lemon and watercress. The perfectly smoked fish is balanced by the bitterness from the watercress, the unexpected zesty sweetness from the preserved lemon, and the creamy gremolata.
Before our next round of beautifully prepared antipasti dishes, we were treated to a glass of the Terra del Capo Sangiovese and a couple of notes regarding our next taste sensation.
It turns out that France is not the only region that is able to grow truffles. Altima farm, part of Anthonij Rupert Wyne, grows their own Black Perigord truffles! Thanks to two Lagotto Romagnolo dogs named Dick and Cara, these truffles are snuffled out for two months every year and adds a signature je nes sais quoi to the meals we were about to delight in.
Our last round of antipasti dishes to try included the Angus beef tartare with truffle vinaigrette and soft quail eggs, the Sous-vide pork belly with peperonata pesto, and a plate of potato gnocchi with guanciale and fontina sauce.
While I did not have any of the beef tartare or sous-vide pork belly, I was pleasantly surprised by a succulent dish of seared tuna caponata, as well as another favourite, the forest mushroom and leek arancini with sundried tomato aioli. The deliciously crispy coating, the soft, tasty filling and slightly sweeter, perfectly spiced aioli made for a mouthwatering experience.
And to finish off this masterful tasting? A tray of beautifully styled chocolate zeppole, with a side of espresso.
The hearty, sumptuous, winter-inspired and Italian-styled meals are simply too beautiful to pass up. And the best part is that they offer something for everyone. So whether you’re vegetarian, pescetarian or carnivore, you’ll find something to love on their new menu.
You can check out the full Winter menu here.
You can visit the Terra del Capo tasting room and Antipasti bar from Tuesday to Sunday, 10h00 to 16h30, but pre-booking is a must. firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call on 021 874 9041 to learn more or to make your booking.