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Today marks the start of Restaurant Week South Africa. One hundred of South Africa's top restaurants are taking part, and we are delighted that Miko and the Country Kitchen are participating!
Special menus will be available throughout Restaurant Week where guests can choose two courses for R 150. At Miko, popular main dishes include our mezze platter, pork loin chop or fish of the day. For dessert, having to choose between a lemon or banana and chocolate tart will be too difficult for most people!
Alternatively, at the Country Kitchen, how about starting the meal off with toasted rye, Gorgonzola, figs, candied walnuts and rocket? Delicious! Moving on to mains, you are likely to be tempted by either the slow braised beef brisket or flame grilled chicken. The chocolate brownie option for dessert sounds like the perfect end to the perfect meal.
In the lead-up to the start of Restaurant Week, we had a quick catch up with Peter Karanja, affectionately known as Awesome Peter because of his never ending enthusiasm and constant smile. Peter is Guest Liaison Manager at Mont Rochelle and he gave us the low-down as to what it takes to keep this beautiful hotel and two restaurants running so smoothly.
How long have you worked at Mont Rochelle?
I have been part of the team here for nine years.
Can you explain the food choices at Mont Rochelle?
We have two restaurants. Miko is our main restaurant, named after the first owner of the property. Miko offers a blend of international dishes with a healthy nod to the varied nature of South African cuisine. Next we have the Country Kitchen which is adjacent to our wine cellar. It is a perfect spot for a light lunch or a relaxed dinner with deli-style dishes. We also offer special picnic baskets so guests can go out and dine in the grounds. If you have younger guests in your party, we also offer mini-baskets!
What is your favourite dish at the moment?
The Highveld Springbok Loin served with caramelised grapes, rosemary gnocchi, sautéed spinach and red wine jus. It is absolutely delicious!
What is your favourite Mont Rochelle wine?
The Artemis 2009 red blend wine with the Syrah, Mourvèdre, Petit-Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Franschhoek has such a good reputation for food. How do you and the team make sure the hotel stands out from the crowd?
Fantastic food paired with great wines, good service, topped with a breath-taking view!
What is your favourite part of your job?
I love it when our guests start checking-in. I can help them with activities to do during their stay and help provide them with any other bits of general information. The best part of all is making sure they are taken care of and making them feel at home. When I see my guests leave the property with an awesome smile on their face and tears in their eyes I know they will definitely be coming back! The best part is to see returning guests who call Mont Rochelle their home.
What is the most unique thing about Mont Rochelle?
Both the setting and the staff combine to make the hotel as amazing as it is!
What activities at Mont Rochelle are popular with guests?
Wine tasting at the Country Kitchen is always a popular choice, and it is the activity I most recommend guests to do whilst staying with us. One introductory tasting session is complimentary for guests staying with us. Other popular activities are hopping on-and-off the Wine Tram. It is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley. Guests can also enjoy wine tasting on horseback which takes you on a scenic ride through the vineyards, forests and mountains.
Restaurant Week South Africa runs from 21st April to 1st May. If you would like to sample some of the special dishes on our limited-time menus, visit www.restaurantweek.co.za for more details and to make a reservation.
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