I was looking forward to having dinner at Fermier as recommend by fellow foodies. We booked dinner at Fermier as one of the participating restaurants for Restaurant Week Autumn 2017. As we pulled up to Fermier, which I might add had no signage. We were escorted by a friendly member of staff to the parking and to the restaurant. The only lighting is a few lanterns on the path. A fire place was lit as we entered the simply decorated restaurant of wooden tables, white linen and leather menus. Our dinner consisted of a 5 course tasting menu.
We decide to pair our dinner with Grenache a lovely Merlot from Spice Route. You can have the option to have the wine pairing with each course.
The starter was phenomenal which consisted of a assortment of breads, whipped butter, duck liver pate, whipped butter and quail scotch eggs. My fiancé and I really enjoyed the duck liver pâté .
The second course was a sea bass with roast cauliflower and kumquat.
The third course was pork neck with beetroot, liqourice and orange.
The fourth course was springbok with celeriac, egg yolk, hazelnut and black garlic.
The fifth course was a choice between a cheese plate or a dessert. I chose the dark chocolate bar with poached pear, quince and rhubarb. My fiancé had the cheese with Huguenot grape and sesame seed tuile.
The final choice was an an offer of coffee and mini koeksusters, dark and white truffles and nougat served in a tin with coffee beans. I loved the presentation of this course.
The kitchen is not separate from the restaurant, so patrons can view the chefs at work. I must commend the courteous staff, especially Rose and Jennifer. I also like the fact that you do not have to pay for bottled water.
Fermier is a great restaurant for date night, you feel as though you are in the wilderness without even leaving the city.
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