Miko Restaurant at Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek

Words: Julie Velosa

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.

miko restaurant

miko restaurant

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.

It’s all about Seasonality 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.

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.

miko restaurant

**Taste of Miko Special Menu**

The menus are seasonal and so change four times a year accordingly. Currently, guests can experience Miko’s most-loved dishes with the new ‘Taste of Miko’ menu (being offered alongside the regular Miko menu). Available for lunch or dinner, this 5-course feast has been curated by Miko’s Head Chef, Shane Louw, to showcase the South African and international dishes that the restaurant is famed for.

Guest can look forward to dishes including Cape Malay spiced prawns, beef fillet with bone marrow and mustard crust, and chocolate fondant with Frangelico ice cream.

Diners also have the option to pair the menu with Mont Rochelle wines, which have been specially selected by the estate’s winemaker, Dustin Osborne.

The Taste of Miko menu is available every day for lunch or dinner and is R550 per person or R750 with the wine pairing. Download the full menu here: Taste of MIKO Menu 2018.

miko restaurant

Wine Selection

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.

Linger Longer

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.

miko restaurant

miko restaurant

Open 7 days a week.  Breakfast: 07h00 – 10h30 | Lunch: 12h00 – 15h00 | Dinner: 19h00 – 21h30

virginlimitededition.com | Email | Tel: 021 876 2770

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