For those looking for a cooking-free Christmas with a view that’s better than their living room, Trees Restaurant nestled in a tree-lined avenue near Parliament in the CBD, in the Townhouse Hotel, in is a surprising foodie find. This wonderful restaurant serves up thoughtful food accompanied by an excellent selection of wines and spirits.
Chef Stefan Schmidt will be serving up a Christmas lunch buffet for R485 per person and a gourmet 3-course dinner for R278 per person
His classic and contemporary dishes showcase the best of local seafood, meats, produce and Cape wines.
I was invited to sample the three-course Christmas dinner menu - which did not disappoint.
Starters offered a choice of:
Turkey velouté with sherry, turkey croquettes, pickled beet slivers and smoked crackling
Pressed beef and tongue terrine, mushroom emulsion, spiced butternut waffle, butternut and carrot preserves, currant dressing and jus.
Coke and brandy glazed joostenberg gammon with orange and pomegranate,
wholegrain mustard pan gravy
Roasted and slow cooked lamb leg, aubergine chips,confit garlic and minted jus
Seared duck breast, turkey, bacon and cranberry strudel, stir-fried red cabbage and kale, cinnamon jus
Mains are served with table servings of hasselback potatoes, savoury rice and market vegetables.
Christmas pudding with vanilla pod anglaise and candied orange and pistachio ice cream
Dark chocolate and peach trifle with macadamia nuts
The Trees Christmas Buffet Lunch menu offers diners an extensive spread of starters, salads, in-betweeners, mains and deserts including:
Pressed smoked beef & tongue terrine with pickled golden baby beet and beet root tzatziki
Smoked salmon and spinach roll with salsa Verde
Crunchy vegetable rice paper rolls with shredded duck and sesame – soy dipping sauce