Food for Thought: Myoga’s Food From Land To Sea 6-Course Dinner Series

Words: Crush

Nestled at The Vineyard Hotel, this environmentally friendly hotel is home to a diverse range of fauna and flora and the unique dining experience of Myoga Restaurant.

Myoga offers local and globalised cuisine with a sophisticated touch. With their Wild Food from Land and Sea dinners, each 6-course tasting menu features a multitude of flavours and has a unique emphasis on sustainability and conscious eating.

Myoga Restaurant The Vineyard Wild Food from Land and Sea

The Cape Distilled Menu: 23 August

This tasting menu features exciting dishes paired to complement some of the finest craft drinks produced locally: Leonista Karoo Agave, Jack Parow Brandy and Musgrave Crafted Gin.

Leonista is the only local spirit made from Karoo Agave in exactly the same way that Mezcal and Tequila are made in Mexico. It is made for a conscious consumer who demands a higher-quality, handmade 100%-agave spirit. If treated with respect, it has energy-giving properties and a less harmful effect on the body.

Myoga Restaurant, From Land and Sea, The Vineyard

Parow Brandy is a three-year premium hand-crafted brandy, which rapper Jack Parow says he created to fill the gap in the local market for a premium, locally produced brandy “met skop” and lots of flavour (hence the tag “karate water” on the label). It is produced by a small cellar in Montagu.

Distilled with a signature 11 botanicals, Musgrave is an artisan gin made by the highly regarded Hope Distillery to Simone Musgrave’s recipe of African spices and botanicals. It has top notes of cardamom, African ginger, and grains of paradise (seeds of Aframomum melegueta, described as “the best spice you’ve never heard of” with a peppery, citrusy, coriander flavour).

6 courses. R550pp including pairing.

The Wild Food Menu: 20 September

Myoga’s Chef de Cuisine Germaine Esau has a Zen approach to cooking and often uses locally foraged ingredients that he collects himself and incorporates into his menus. His natural respect for produce and deep understanding of flavours coupled with a policy of zero waste has earned him great respect.

“By foraging, I mean chefs that have muddy boots and a car trunk full of mesh bags and recycled produce boxes,” says US chef Rob Connoley. “It’s about honesty, authenticity and the integrity of what each chef is selling to the public… A foraging chef hits the woods and shores most days, and has a menu that changes just as often, based on the bounty.”

Myoga Restaurant The Vineyard Food From Land And Sea

Draw closer to nature and join Chef Germaine and foraging experts to champion sustainable practices, indigenous produce and a sense of adventure. Each course will be paired with a wine chosen to complement the dish.

6 Courses. R550pp including pairing.

From Hook to Cook (Op sy Moer and Abalobi): 11 October

Myoga supports fishers and their families and this menu will be based on fresh fish caught by small scale fishermen and the wild roots and vegetables collected along the coast by their family members.

Abalobi is an NPO that promotes ‘traceable, storied seafood provided by empowered small-scale fishers, in a manner that is not only ecologically responsible but also socially fair, because who fishes matters.

Myoga Restaurant Food From Land and Sea The Vineyard

Discussions on implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy and United Nations FAO guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries resulted in a suite of free apps aimed at social justice and poverty alleviation in the small-scale fisheries chain, transformation in the way we produce knowledge, stewardship of our marine resources, and building resilience in the face of climate change.

Myoga orders fish via Abalobi’s Marketplace app, which allows chefs to buy fresh fish directly from the fisher who caught them and also support the families of fishers by purchasing coastal produce such as soutkool.

Dishes will be paired with a natural, unfined, unfiltered wine: Op Sy Moer by Neil Ellis. The name refers to the extra time this sulphur-free wine spends on the lees.

6 courses. R550pp including wine.

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