Father’s Day is a week away and if you haven’t planned a special outing for that special man in your life, don’t despair – there’s still time left; especially if you use our handy little guide to.
Escape to Grande Provence with your dad
Surprise your dad with a culinary escape to Grande Provence for a Father’s Day luncheon in the heart of the Franschhoek winelands on Sunday, June 19; from 12pm to 2pm, or make a weekend of it if you really want to spoil him.
With the Grande Provence Winter Heartland Offer, the whole family can enjoy a stay at the Owner’s Cottage or hide away in the secluded La Provençale Villa in the Vineyards at special winter rates.
Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst offers the ultimate culinary indulgence with a wide range of his signature dishes for dads to feast upon. The starter selection includes the butter-poached BBQ lobster accompanied by xo quinoa sea sand, pickled kombu courgette, ponzu infused cucumber and dill gel, with sweet miron gribiche. The confit guinea fowl and salt cured duck spindle is another option to choose from, rounded off with a mixed bean ragout, vanilla parsnip, wagyu and estate Shiraz bouillon.
For mains, consider the succulent 18-hour sous-vide Karoo lamb neck, complemented with toasted pearl barley, pickled butternut, local river cress and wild sprouts. There is even a vegan option of carrot and pine nut purée with charred cauliflower gratin, baked rosa tomatoes, ice pickled radish and vineyard sorrel.
For dessert, get lost in the “chocolate forest” of 80% hazelnut pot au crème, tonka bean semi-freddo, Madagascan vanilla poached shimeji mushrooms, pistachio brittle, white chocolate snow, apple moss and micro basil – one of three sweet sensations to choose from. As an extra spoil, dads will each receive a gift of buchu whiskey liqueur along with a wine-tasting voucher for two.
* The cost of the Father’s Day lunch is R395 per person. Send an email to email@example.com; or call 021 876 8600.
For more information on the Heartland Offer visit www.grandeprovence.co.za; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father’s Day at the Square restaurant
The Vineyard Hotel, in the heart of leafy Newlands, is looking forward to Father’s Day this year, marking the occasion with a lunch fit for a king. Take Dad for a leisurely stroll around the extensive gardens, and see if you can meet one of the resident giant tortoises, before heading to their flagship restaurant, the Square.
This year’s specially designed Father’s Day menu has been created with dad’s favourites in mind, by the hotel’s Executive Chef Carl van Rooyen. Start with a choice of Thai steamed mussels with lemongrass and saffron poached sweet potato, or the Cantonese steamed pork buns, with cucumber spaghetti and preserved ginger dressing.
The main course is a choice between the grilled rib eye steak with basil pesto and parsley crust, served with hand cut fries, or the Malay spiced Kingklip with a delicious array of perfectly prepared vegetables.
Dessert is a baked sticky toffee pudding with frozen yoghurt, or dark chocolate with raspberry ripple ice cream.
The cost is R375 per person and booking is essential.
* To book, send an email to email@example.com. For more information, visit www.vineyard.co.za.
Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at the Taj Cape Town
On Sunday, June 19, the luxurious Taj Cape Town, in collaboration with Johnnie Walker and Land Rover South Africa, will be celebrating Father’s Day with a unique Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea, for R250 per person. Hosted in the hotel’s opulent Lobby Lounge, from 2pm to 5pm, Taj Cape Town will ensure the whole family is treated to an afternoon of indulgence, whilst ensuring the super hero dads feel extra special.
The celebrations will commence with a complementary welcome drink for all; a whisky-infused cocktail for dad, a bourbon based-cocktail or a warming chai tea for mom, while the kids can enjoy a hot chocolate or Ronnefeldt ice tea.
Jazz tunes courtesy of a live saxophonist, will set the ambience for a relaxing afternoon in five-star style. The speciality dad-inspired Afternoon Tea includes highlights of biltong dusted scones, grilled sirloin mini burgers, mini gourmet pizzas, chipotle chicken wings and smoked riblets. To end off the feast, enjoy Cape Malay koeksisters, chilli chocolate macaroons and decadent chocolate brownies.
For an additional R50 per person, whisky loving dads can take part in a tasting experience hosted by Johnnie Walker sommeliers, who will pair the range of Johnnie Walker whiskies with complimenting food items, specially curated by the hotel’s Executive Chef Shyam Longani.
* Call on 021 819 2000; or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table.
Father’s Day lunch at Durbanville Hills Wines
Share a lunch at Durbanville Hills Wines on Father’s Day with your dad. Make him feel on top of the world with the striking views of Table Mountain, Table Bay and Robben Island, visible from the double-volume restaurant.
Chef Louisa Greeff has prepared a menu inspired by the unique combinations found with certain flavours and the tastes of using locally sourced produce.
The three course lunch is offered from 12pm to 3pm and costs R325 (excluding wine pairing) and R395 (including wine pairing) per person. Starters include homemade beef, chicken liver pâté and brandy sausage; prawn ravioli with smoked salmon; roasted butternut, sweet potato and cumin samoosas or caramelised tomato and onion tarte tatin.
Mains offer a choice between pork neck stuffed with onion marmalade, sage and Healeys cheddar; grilled fish, beef ribeye; or Moroccan spiced chicken.
End the lunch with rum baba with poached fruit and cream; pear and almond tart with homemade rooibos and honey ice cream or a cheese platter with preserves and bread.
* Bookings are essential and can be done by calling the restaurant on 021 558 1300; or by sending an email to email@example.com.
A special day at Lakeside Lodge & Spa
Lakeside Lodge & Spa, a short drive out from Sedgefield on the Garden Route, has a hearty winter set menu planned at the lodge’s on-site restaurant, Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant, on Sunday, June 19.
The restaurant encompasses panoramic views of the Swartvlei Lagoon. Guests have the option of a two or three course lunch and indulgent dishes such as ham hock and split pea soup and braised beef short ribs with parmesan mash, pumpkin and gremolata, are found on the menu.
End it off with a warm Malva pudding, drizzled with rooibos anglaise, ginger soil and served with buttermilk ice-cream.
Sit inside close to the roaring log fire and feast on the two course meal for R350 per person; or the three courses for R395 per person.
* To secure your reservation, call 044 343 1844. Or book online at www.lakesidelodge.co.za.
Enjoy hearty Stellenbosch hospitality
Tell Dad to keep his diary open on Sunday, June 19, and whisk him off for a day in historic Stellenbosch. There are a number of leisure and sightseeing activities to take in, with various guided tours available via the Stellenbosch 360 Tourism Centre in Market Street.
Start your day at Oude Werf, South Africa’s oldest hotel, with a special Father’s Day brunch. The menu kicks off with a starter of freshly made crumpets, with rosewater infused rhubarb compote, or a chorizo and egg tartlet with spring onion and crème fraiche.
Guests will then move on to a main course choice of grilled Karan beef fillet with fried egg and skinny garlic fries; or the mouth-watering smoked Franschhoek salmon trout frittata with asparagus and toasted ciabatta.
Dessert is, of course, the famed Oude Werf baked cheesecake with vanilla infused berry compote and Chantilly cream.
“I wanted to create something really special this Father’s Day. It’s my first one here at Oude Werf and I am looking forward to making a whole bunch of fathers feel valued, appreciated and enormously well fed,” says Oude Werf’s Executive Chef, Jeromy Joubert.
This brunch costs R155 per head, including tea, coffee and fruit juice.