Public holidays are always better when they involve 6 course lunches. Last year on Reconciliation day, we visited Roots Restaurant at Forum Homini for lunch. I have visited this gorgeous restaurant out in the Cradle of Humankind before for breakfast, and my second visit left me equally impressed.
I could talk about the breath-taking natural surroundings, but let’s rather focus on the food. Our meal consisted of a carefully orchestrated menu of 6 beautifully presented courses as well as an additional amuse bouche, complete with a huge basket of bread as well as some sweet treats to end off the meal. The food was freshly prepared and the various dietary restrictions our table had were taken into consideration when preparing each dish.
The service was pretty good, the waiter didn’t ask us about more drinks very often, which was a bit annoying, but otherwise it was fine.
Onto the food:
The amuse bouche was a shot of butternut soup, accompanied by some pate, soft butter and dukkah, all served with a huge basket of a variety of different breads to share between two people.
The first course was a Red Cabbage Gazpacho served with mustard ice cream, pickled cucumber and onion shoots. The bright purple soup was delicious and that mustard ice cream was just wow. Definitely a plate licking experience.
The second course consisted of cured salmon, radish and mage tout, roast lime gel, cauliflower shavings, salmon tartar and polenta. I’m the fussy one who doesn’t eat seafood, so I was given a pork cube instead of the fish (I have no idea how to make that sound nice, but it tasted great).
The third course made me realise I should have worn my fancy fat pants. I was starting to get full and we weren’t even half way through the meal. A chicken boudin (fancy word for white sausage), red pepper caviar, asparagus, pak choi, butternut puree, curried peach and sauce vierge (??) served like a work of art. I loved this course, it was probably the best savoury dish of the day.
On to course number four. Ostrich served with a cherry butternut koeksister, cheese crumble, sweet potato rosemary gnocchi, wild mushrooms, salted caramel pear puree and green beans. This was my least favourite dish. The koeksister was sickly sweet, and not really a koeksister, the ostrich was good, the gnocchi a bit hard and the caramel pear puree should have been reserved for dessert. It was a weird combo of sweet and savoury that did work together at all.
Course five was the first dessert course, yes TWO desserts, hello happy place. An iced lemon verbena soufflé was served with dark chocolate braches, lemon curd, lime and coconut marshmallows and mint meringues. This dish made everyone say wow when it came to the table, A bright green and white dessert with scattered meringues and marshmallows. It tasted as good as it looked.
The sixth course was a caramel mousse served with liquid cranberry nougat, velvet sponge, lavender labné, cranberry roulade, passion fruit ice cream and black sesame tuille. Liquid cranberry nougat should come in a tube like that Dirkie condensed milk from my childhood. It kind of stuck to the plate, but it was delicious.
And finally, to end off a fantastic meal, we were served a selection of sweets including some honeycomb, fudge and peppermint filled chocolates.
If you ever have the chance to visit this spectacular restaurant, do it. A 6 course lunch will set you back R420 and you can find more details about prices and menus on their website: http://www.forumhomini.com/rootsrestaurant/menus-rates
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