In a beautiful old house, once belonging to the Mayor of Cape Town, lies Seapoint’s very own fine dining gem: La Mouette. In summer, the beautiful courtyard with a fountain centerpiece is a wonderful oasis, but in winter the small, cozy rooms with creaky wooden floorboards and open fireplaces is where the magic happens. The cuisine is inspired by southern France, and is expertly paired with locally produced fine wines. La Mouette’s most popular choice is the seasonal tasting menu. Not surprising, given the mouthwatering selection, and the fabulous value for money (6 courses, with winepairing, will set you back a modest R 335).
The winter menu was full of earthy and rich dishes, with a couple of delightfully fresh and light surprises in-between.
None of the dishes disappointed, but the showstoppers for me were the modestly named Mushrooms on Toast (artichoke French toast, mushroom ragout, béarnaise relish, truffle sauce and parmesan – umami heaven on a plate!) and the fresh Waldorf Salad (celery panacotta, raisin puree and green apple granita – one of the most innovative dishes I’ve had for a while).
Although La Mouette’s menu is classy fine dining, the ambiance is that of a local village hangout. Even on a Tuesday night, it was bustling with life and clearly many of the guests were regulars, giving the place a very jovial atmosphere. A total gem!