RESTAURANT named SeaFood at The Plettenberg opened recently in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route.
Situated in the lovely ambiance of The Plettenberg hotel, the new eatery provides the town with a restaurant that specialises in food from the sea, prepared in both new and time-honoured ways. The menu features the favourites of fish and chips, fried calamari and pan-roasted Mossel Bay sole, together with novelties such as fish bobotie and seafood potjiekos.
I dined at SeaFood at The Plettenberg recently and began with smoked salmon garnished with chopped capers and red onions, crème fraiche and buckwheat blinis.
I would have preferred the traditional wedge of lemon and slices of buttered brown bread, which is how I most enjoy my smoked salmon, but the garnishes were nonetheless very tasty.
For the main course I decided to be bold and try the fish bobotie with chutney, a poppadom and a seasonal side salad.
This particular variant of bobotie was prepared from a recipe developed by a chef of one of the other hotels of The Collection by Liz McGrath, that includes The Marine, Hermanus and The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town. The fish bobotie was quite delicious, the poppadom was crisp and savoury, but the salad had a tad too much lettuce for my liking. Both the smoked salmon and the fish bobotie were washed down with a glass of dry white wine. SeaFood at The Plettenberg serves a selection of wines by the glass, at an average price of about R30 per glass – a bottle of wine, for example, a Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2011, comes in at R100 a bottle.
The smoked salmon was priced at R80 and the fish bobotie at R125. For dessert, my choice fell upon chocolate mousse with cherry ice-cream and purée of almond crumble. Other delights on the menu allow you to choose from seafood soup, crispy fishcakes, hake cooked in batter, lobster thermidor, tandoori line fish and mussels steamed in beer.
For those not enamoured of les cadeaux de la mer ("gifts of the sea"), the restaurant serves a selection of meat dishes comprising sirloin, springbok loin, baby chicken and a chicken salad.
A range of delectable desserts tempt the palate with crème brûlée, malva pudding, caramelised lemon tart, ice-cream and a board of artisan cheeses, all priced within a range of R55 to R70 per serving. The cost of a meal at the SeaFood at The Plettenberg will typically amount to R300 per head, which may be a trifle hard on the pocket, but you dine in splendid surroundings and the hotel and the restaurant are both superbly appointed.
The vista across the bay to the distant Tsitsikamma mountains provides a sweeping view that you would be hard pushed to better anywhere.
Once in a while it's good to put on your finery and dine with your nearest and dearest on good cuisine in a splendid setting – and that is exactly what SeaFood at The Plettenberg can offer.
For SeaFood at The Plettenberg bookings, contact (044) 533-2030 or you can access info from the following website: www.collectionmcgrath.com