From small beginnings in a compact venue on the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, The Farmer’s Daughter has moved to a fabulous new setting in Howick. The custom-designed structure quite appropriately resembles a barn and overlooks the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve. Complementing the splendid views is the first-rate fare that, true to the “country bistro” ethos, emphasises locally sourced produce. (So local that a living wall in the restaurant will soon yield salads and herbs.) I chose the “Ladies Who Lunch” Favourite – black cherry and Brie tart that was a lucky packet of taste-bud surprises, the tartness of the cherries a perfect foil to the smooth richness of the Brie. My feasting partner ordered Chinese sticky pork ribs and smacked her lips and licked her fingers through them until only bleached bones remained. Dessert was the wicked raspberry cheesecake for me, and for my companion, the lemon meringue pie. “The best ever,” she proclaimed. Yard 41, 4 Shafton Road, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander; 071 288 8865.
By Andrea Abbott