Gourmetless and gatvol? These venues are keeping the wolf away
These Cape eateries are pulling out all the stops with packages filled with goodies you can enjoy at home
Restaurants have been hard-hit by lockdown restrictions, which have forced them to close their doors. But now that home deliveries are possible, many are finding creative ways to make their gourmet food available — and some are doing it with flair. Here are three for foodies in the Western Cape that should tick all the right boxes.
1. WOLFGAT HAMPERS
Wolfgat, the eatery in Paternoster that surged on to foodies’ radars after being named Restaurant of the Year at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards last year, has created interactive hampers that bring its iconic fresh flavours straight from its kitchen to yours.
A hamper for two includes four courses inspired by the restaurant’s autumn 2020 menu. It promises to be an immersive experience, as the elements of the meal are delivered cold, with instructions on how to cook, reheat or finish the dishes at home. Each box contains sourdough bread and homemade butter; seasonal snacks; a black or white mussel soup starter; a main course of Verlorenvlei lamb, mushroom and kelp; and a dessert you can finish baking.
Typical of Wolfgat’s attention to detail, the hampers include special touches to lift your spirits: a map of the Strandveld, a painting of the view from Wolfgat’s veranda by chef Kobus van der Merwe and a Wolfgat playlist to listen to while you indulge.
Each box costs R800 and is available to pre-order on the venue’s website. Deliveries take place on Fridays and Saturdays, and orders need to be placed on Thursday at the latest. Wolfgat delivers to Paternoster and surrounding areas, including Vredenburg, St Helena, Jacobsbaai, Saldanha and Langebaan.
• Visit the website for more information or to place an order.
2. LUKE DALE ROBERTS LOCKDOWN HAMPERS
Revered chef Luke Dale Roberts from Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen is taking gourmet delivery to the next level with his version of lockdown hampers. They contain a week’s worth of goodies to cook. There are three hampers to choose from, each filled with mouth-watering delicacies.
Hamper A costs R1,800 and includes 14 items, including slow-smoked ocean salmon; duck and pork belly country pate; a chicken, leek and mushroom pie; horseradish crème fraîche; apple chutney; an assortment of cheeses; rose-scented meringues; and vanilla mascarpone.
With 15 items, hamper B costs R3,000 and includes goodies such as juniper and citrus-cured salmon gravadlax; chicken liver and porcini parfait; individual beef wellingtons; Dale Roberts’s prawn cocktail; fennel, apple and tarragon slaw; and Spanish-style burnt orange and pistachio frangipane.
The epitome of deliciousness is hamper C, which costs R5,000 and includes 20 items. They include goats’ cheese mousse; crayfish and yuzu salad; slow-smoked Norwegian salmon fillet; braised lamb shank pies; salt-baked celeriac and truffle salad; Wagyu rib eye; and pears poached in mulled wine.
Hampers are delivered three days after you’ve placed your order on the website and paid. Deliveries can be made throughout Cape Town. Special arrangements can be made if you don’t fall within the specified delivery areas on the website.
• Visit Dale Roberts’s website for more information or to place an order. LDR boxes are also available for delivery in Johannesburg.
3. BOSCHENDAL TASTE BOXES
The beautiful Boschendal wine estate in Franschhoek is putting together “Taste Boschendal” boxes, filled with delicacies from its farm shop in the Werf Restaurant.
The boxes, which are available for pre-order daily, are filled with farm essentials to cook and enjoy at home. They are packaged for two or four people and include a selection of quality meats, such as bacon, breakfast sausages, ribs, steak and biltong; free-range eggs; and bread from the venue’s bakery.
Boxes start at R325 and orders can be placed with Boschendal’s reservations team via e-mail or phone before noon. They are available for collection from the estate’s pop-up farm shop in the Werf Restaurant the next day.
• Visit the website to download the weekly menu and get in touch to place your order.