In celebration of Bastille Month, the Square Restaurant at the Vineyard
Hotel and Spa is featuring themed dishes inspired by classical French
influences throughout the month of July.
The Vineyard Hotel and Spa launched its Tastes of 2012 earlier this year, which features a different themed dish every month. “With Bastille Day taking place in July, it’s the perfect opportunity to indulge in classic French cuisine,” explains The Square’s sous chef, Chris Law.
“Typical French dishes including Bouillabaisse, Steak Tartare and Coq au Vin will be available on the menu during July,” Law confirmed. “We will further delight guests with dessert treats like traditional French Crepe Suzettes, and pear and almond Clafoutis served with blueberry and lavender ice cream.”
The classic French options will be available seven days a week on the a la carte menu, and daily specials will also be added to the menu to ensure a vibrant dining experience. Recipes for each themed dish included on the menu have been published on www.vineyard.co.za to enable guests to try them at home. “This has been extremely well received by our guests,” says Law. “Being able to share our recipes brings an entirely new element to interactive cooking!”
The Square’s series of acclaimed wine dinners continues this theme by hosting two celebrated and historic wine farms from the Stellenbosch region.
On Friday 13 July, a superb five-course dinner will be carefully paired to wines from the 327-year-old Muratie Wine Estate. Tucked away in the beautiful Knorhoek Valley, the farm itself dates back to 1685 when it was granted by Simon van Der Stel, Governor of the Cape of Good Hope at the time, to its first owner, Lourens Campher. This makes Muratie one of the oldest estates in South Africa.
Historically, Muratie has been known for being home to the first Pinot Noir vines, and through winemaker Francois Conradie’s use of traditional winemaking methods has become one of South Africa’s top wine estates.
On Friday 27 July, Hartenberg Wine Estate will feature as part of a four-course wine-paired menu. The estate is widely known as one of South Africa’s leading producers of Shiraz, such as The Gravel Hill, The Stork and The Estate Shiraz. On the evening, the estate’s wine maker Carl Schultz will treat guests to a selection of premium quality wines that are paired with expertly-chosen dishes.
Booking is essential and guests are encouraged to make a reservation early to avoid disappointment. The cost of the five-course Muratie dinner is R315 pp and the Hartenberg four-course dinner is R265 pp. To make a booking, please contact the Square on 021 657 4500 or email@example.com.
For those guests who’d like to make a night of it, the Vineyard Hotel and Spa is offering a special rate which includes the four-course wine paired dinner, accommodation and breakfast the following morning. Single rooms are available from R900 and double rooms from R1500 per room per night.
Reservations are essential and can be made by contacting The Square on 021 657 4500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.