"La Mouette offers unbeatable value for money and theirs is arguably the best winter special around." By Marianna Herold
Chef Henry Vigar
There has been lots of hype on twitter about La Mouette’s six course tasting menu – two for R240. Value for money doesn’t get much better than this.
La Mouette is housed in the old mayor’s house in Sea Point with seating in a beautiful courtyard as well as inside the house. This is where we found ourselves sitting cosily next to the fireplace. The décor is a mix of old and new with stunning old floor boards complemented by modern floral wallpaper.
To start the meal, we had very moreish cheese croquettes with spicy corn salsa. Delicious. Our second course was a white bean soup flavoured with a delectable thick tomato paste and truffle oil. To follow, we had a butternut ravioli cooked to perfection with some crisp fried (?) basil leaves. And the meal was rounded off by two amazing desserts (my kind of menu!). Apple jelly and custard foam was served in a shot glass topped with a freshly-made doughnut and a chocolate macaroon with almond ice cream – which still has me salivating!
With five out of six courses being vegetable-based, I think La Mouette is a great spot for vegetarians. The tasting menu can be adapted to vegetarians by substituting the standard main, which is lamb, with a vegetarian dish from the main menu. Butternut, beetroot and goat’s cheese raviolis as well as butternut and courgette korma were the options when we visited. Chef Henry is a keen advocate of local sourcing and hand selects most of the produce.
On the first visit we opted for the wine pairing for R180 per person (which compared to the food felt like a lot). Most of the wines were from Graham Beck or Villiera, which are both excellent wine producers. However with a tasting menu it would be great to sample something new and inspiring (it seems that the wines we got were different to the ones on the website which were still from big wineries). Service was good both times. The manager did a great job in taking care of us throughout the evening.
La Mouette offers unbeatable value for money and theirs is arguably the best winter special around. We were lucky enough to sample their May tasting menu as well, which was equally sublime. Excited to see what treats July will bring.