Boutique wines exclusive to the Michelangelo Hotel can be savoured with some of the most beautifully crafted dishes around. The Michelangelo Hotel has a secret weapon when it comes to pairing fine wine with fine dining. Executive Chef Trevor Boyd concocts dishes off the top of his head and like a mad scientist he makes obscure combinations sing soprano together on your plate.
Dunkeld West is full of surprises. The biggest one by far is DW Eleven-13’s wine pairing menu. Dégustation is the careful, appreciative tasting of various foods, focusing on the gustatory system, the senses, high culinary art and good company. That’s the name of the game at Martinus Ferreira’s pride and joy. Patrons can expect eight courses (five with pairings) with this menu. Be sure to book in advance as there’s a reason why this is one of the best wine pairings in Johannesburg.
Opened in 2006, Clico Boutique Hotel is situated in the tranquillity of Rosebank. The Clico Restaurant is known for its fine dining qualities, which are exploited when it comes to their six-course wine pairing menu. The food is beautifully crafted in both taste and plating. Diners can expect gems such as roasted tomato soup, roast veg gnocchi, sea bass with leaks and other treats.
Cube Tasting Kitchen
Fine dining leaps to a new level at the Cube Tasting Kitchen in Maboneng. At the time of writing, a 12-course progression menu with a wine pairing will set you back R1 300, but (and that’s a big but) you get to experience food and drink presented in a way that mixes science with art, like the pea-mint mousse, salmon carpacio and wild mushrooms served with black olives and caviare. These items are all paired with boutique wines from SA’s infamous wine route.
Mosaic at the Orient has one of the finest cellars in the country with some of the best and rarest wines from both South Africa and the world. Not surprisingly, it has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. Its cellar goes hand in hand with the cuisine that comes from Restaurant Mosaic’s kitchen. Award-winning chef Chantel Dartnall – voted SA’s Chef of the Year – has enhanced South Africa’s status as a gourmet destination on the international culinary map, thanks to her beautiful approach to modern fine dining and ability to marry her food with the Orient’s wine cellar.
By Shawn Greyling
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