Miko Restaurant at Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek
Miko restaurant is located at Mont Rochelle, a stunning vineyard estate that is part of the Virgin Limited Edition group, Sir Richard Branson’s collection of retreats and luxury hotels around the world.
The restaurant itself boasts a panoramic view over the Franschhoek valley from the front and is flanked by rolling green lawns on the other. The restaurant sits above the hotel’s pool area and the surrounding manicured lawns provide a spot for guests to indulge in a little relaxation or perhaps a game of croquet.
The thatched setting of the restaurant and covered deck area provides cool relief from the valley sunshine and pops of colour give the interior a bright feeling. While the restaurant is the hotel’s fine dining offering, it remains quite relaxed and has a hint of fun with lawn covered chairs and beaded sheep contentedly (and quietly!) grazing the astro carpet.
The Food at Miko Restaurant
A little intro into the food philosophy at the beginning of the menu says that the focus is on ‘footprints in the sand, rather than carbon ones’, so fresh, locally sourced ingredients are key – some being sourced as close as from the garden on site.
Head Chef, Shane Louw, offers a menu that blends local flavours with classic preparations.
No Franschhoek menu would be complete without local Salmon Trout and this is offered as a tartare with wasabi crème fraîche and pickled ginger. Another locally inspired option is the biltong and cheddar spiced double baked soufflé.
Seasonality is key
The menus are seasonal and so change four times a year accordingly. The kitchen is currently in the process of testing new items that will appear on the bar and restaurant menus for winter. Chef Shane sent a few additional dishes for us to sample to get a cross-section of the upcoming plans. The standout dish was definitely a wonderfully aromatic butter chicken curry served with poppadum – it made us long for winter days by the fireplace. We also loved the pan fried Sea Bass with crispy skin, served atop creamy exotic mushrooms.
For mains, we enjoyed a piece of perfectly cooked beef, served with fondant potato, an ultra-creamy beetroot purée and tempura spinach leaves for crunch.
We hope that the dessert menu doesn’t change completely with the season, as the espresso créme brûlée we ordered was absolutely heavenly! A textbook perfect brûlée with the richness of coffee and the perfect sugar crack top.
Mont Rochelle produces some exceptional wines and we were guided through a wine tasting during our meal. We enjoyed all the wines and chose to have a glass of the Little Rock Rouge 2014 – an easy drinking red Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with small amounts of Mourvèdre and Petit Verdot, to accompany our mains. There is a really great, varied wine list available that showcases Mont Rochelle’s own wines, as well as many local favourites.
As well as the à la carte menu, there is also a great selection of generously sized snack boards served at the restaurant and bar. They are ideal for sharing and it will be very easy to while away the whole day here enjoying tasty food, great wine and spectacular views. Miko restaurant seamlessly transitions from comfortable daytime dining, through to the perfect venue for a special celebratory evening occasion.
Open 7 days a week. Breakfast: 07h00 – 10h30 | Lunch: 12h00 – 15h00 | Dinner: 19h00 – 21h30
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