This past weekend, the incredible Rochelle from The Curious Critic (make sure you follow her on Instagram here and sign up for her blog launch here), covered an event on behalf of LOKAL, and I can’t wait for you to read her thoughts below:
Hidden alongside the Langebaan coastline is the breathtakingly beautiful home of Isabella Neihaus. Much like Bella, her home oozes warmth, love and openness. We had the privilege to attend one of the popular Langtafel op die Duin lunches served by Chef Mynhardt Joubert, Bella and a team of friendly people. Chef Mynhardt has put together a five course meal on the braai, in lieu of Heritage Day coming up.
The minute you make your way up the stairs onto the beautiful patio, the warmth and comfort hits you. A mixologist is standing ready to put a welcome drink made of Cruxland Gin (a Kalahari truffle infused craft gin from KWV) and Barker & Quin Tonic Water. The gin looks like something from a dream with candied beetroot, blueberries, cucumber, oranges and mint garnish swirling around the branded glass.
As the guests arrive you start noticing that this experience is unlike any other. It feels more like a homecoming than a meal shared with strangers. There’s a calming atmosphere that takes you back to childhood days spent at a big family get together. You might see some unfamiliar faces but you almost believe you know them.
After a gin or two and mingling with the other guests, oysters are brought out onto the patio as the first course. This part was particularly fun as all the oyster shells are thrown into the garden. As you toss them you notice the hundreds of other shells around and you realize a lot of love, laughter, and fine dining has happened here. The fresh West Coast Oysters were paired with a smooth, yet dry, Roodeberg Rosé that complemented it beautifully.
Shortly after the oysters were enjoyed and the wine was sipped, guests were called to take a seat at the rustic tables inside, adorned with proteas, creating the feel that you are at a Heritage Day feast with friends and family. With the large glass sliding doors, you still manage to take in the sunny ocean scenery. Chef Mynhardt takes pride and center stage in today’s feast and in presenting the many delicious dishes coming up.
First off is the Bo-Kaap Sosatie Sous Snoek served with butternut, cucumber & mint taita and tandoori mayonnaise. In no world would we have thought to mix cooked cape Malay sweet curry with these sauces. After this, I don’t know how I’ll be able to enjoy snoek any other way. The flavours of the KWV Classic Collection Moscato was the perfect wine for this dish. This sweet wine is one of the newest editions to the KWV collection, and I can see many summer weekends with this wine in hand.
The third course was was Mussels cooked with tomato, chorizo, onions, garlic and chili. We also got to taste Isabella’s homemade Naan bread and sip on a Roodeberg Red Wine while enjoying these mussels, oozing with taste and flavour. With two courses still to go, everyone needed a little break, and the patio overlooking the ocean, with a drink in hand, was the perfect setting while Isabella and Chef Mynhardt were hard at work cooking a whole roasted Swartland Rump on the fire.
The rump was wrapped in twine with bay leaves, rosemary and thyme, and stuffed with garlic. It was served with samp and a mustard sauce, and the Dr. Charles Niehaus Red was a great drink to round it it off.
By this time, the peaceful surroundings, comfortable vibe and full belly called for a nap on the colourful couches with the ocean crashing behind you. But before anyone could make themselves too at home, a final course of Dark Chocolate Cake, rounded off with seasonal fresh strawberries macerated in KWV Medium Cream Sherry with a small glass of KWV Cape Tawny was served up. The best part of this dessert is that it’s flourless and a guilt free treat to wrap up a gorgeous day at Langtafel op die Duin.
At Langtafel op die Duin you walk in a stranger, but leave with new friends, a happy tummy, and a peaceful mind. A dining experience like this triumphs any 5 start restaurant with its unique setting, amazing meals, and ideal location. The experience would not be what it is without the warmth of kindness of Isabella Niehaus and Chef Mynhardt.
If you miss home, or want to try something that serves up our heritage with combination you’d never think possible, then Langtafel op die Duin is for you. For locals and tourists alike, it’s a place you won’t find anywhere else with Isabella and Chef Mynhardt bringing a passion for good food and people coming together around a dining table to enjoy these dishes. Their love dissolves all stress and tension you might’ve arrived with, and you can’t help but feel at home in their presence.
With very limited spaces, you definitely want to keep your eyes on the Langtafel op die Duin Facebook page here to make sure you don’t miss the next 5 course dining experience, paired with drinks that complement every course perfectly.
NOTE: All images used in this post are owned by Rochelle Jansen and none may be used without her permission.