Meaning “farmer” in French, this is an apt name for a restaurant set on a farm plot, where most of the ingredients and produce are grown or cultivated on-site. The rustic charm and earthy feel are pleasantly juxtaposed with a fine dining experience. The nine courses left our senses in a whirl with woo-worthy plated dishes being presented before us. I went vegetarian and was blown away by the flavours that could be teased out of simple produce: the porcini mushroom slivers had a bread-like fluffiness to them, accompanied by delicate purées; and my taste buds quietly yearned for more of the cauliflower espuma that played so well in my mouth with cucumber broth; or the pumpkin ribbons and fried gnocchi set off by a tiny dollop of curry emulsion, to create vivid taste sensations. My partner enjoyed threads of crispy lamb served with black garlic sauce and a white aubergine purée, and we fell in love with the innovative way the cheese course was presented: not a single cube or slice of cheese in sight but rather the Camembert was whipped and served with crumble and a sesame tuile… a night full of surprises! Karoo Yard, 141 Lynnwood Road, The Willows; 076 072 5261.
By Kamanee Govender