Lunch at The Flagship in Simonstown is possibly one of the best meals I have ever had. Picture breathtaking ocean views and a 5-course seafood menu expertly paired with fine wines. Now picture that with only 12 diners, at the chef’s private residence and you will start to get an idea of what The Flagship is all about. Now, that is a Chef’s Table if you have ever been to one!
Chef Duncan Doherty hails from Franschhoek (where his equally talented wife, Margot Janse, heads up the kitchen at Quartier Français) and took over the reins at The Flagship in November 2014 after the tragic and much too early passing of the founder of The Flagship, Chef Bruce Robertson. Chef Duncan is passionate not only about fine food, but also about where the food comes from. He sources only the finest ingredients; always sustainably produced and as far as possible within a 20km radius.
One big table encourages interesting conversation between the guests that tend to be a mixture of local and international foodies, and Chef Duncan will make himself comfortable at the table as often as the kitchen schedule allows. Kicking off your shoes is encouraged, as is helping yourself from the liquor cabinet and chilling on the sofas or by the pool. I really cannot find words to explain how a fine dining experience can be so top-notch and homely at the same time, so I’m just going to post some pics that hopefully will illustrate it for me. Oh, and forgive me for not remembering any of the names of the fabulicious dishes… There was a lot of it, and also a fair bit of wine!