My friend and i visited La Mouette on March 13th, which was one of those balmy late-summer Cape Town evenings. The terrace table beside the fountain was therefore ideal. Though Sea Point’s main road is rather noisy, the tranquil setting is a respite from the surroundings – We failed to notice any sound from outside.
La Mouette is a much-needed addition to Cape Town’s restaurant scene. The degustation menu was clever, creative and tasty. The flavours of the ’pecorino foam and tomato fondue’ starter (described as a ’fondue’, but it was more like a puree) was delicious and blended well (as cheese and tomato are wont to). The mezze platter was elegantly served, appealing to the eye as well as the palate. Those cheese croquettes could get me into a LOT of trouble, had i lived in Cape Town… :) I’ve never met the artichoke i disliked, but those served on this particular platter were in another class altogether. The chef appears to experiment with smoking certain ingredients – with great success! The tuna (also slightly smoky) was mouthwatering, served with a cleverly deconstructed nicoise salad.
My filled pasta was well complimented by a nutty sauce, which in turn fused well with the divine and incomparable truffle flavour. My friend declared the sirloin tender and delectable. (He went to great lengths to describe to the waitress just how ’orgasmic’ the meal was. For my part, i had sms’d two words - ’culinary b*ner’ to my partner, who was unable to join us :D ) Desserts and cheeses were a perfect end to a scrumptious meal.
In addition, it must be noted that the serving staff was most pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu and wines. They also seem to have a genuine admiration for the chef’s talent and hard work. I understand that this restaurant is fairly new. I would like to wish the chef and entire team a world of success for the future. It’s well-deserved!
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