Can we Toque? Cavalli, Somerset West

If I were about to review the view from the terrace, Cavalli would receive a damm good one. This ultra-modern building has a superb setting on an equestrian estate and wine farm, and I arrived on a beautiful sunny lunchtime.

Meeting my retired collegue David Bullard, who himself had been put out to stud, it seemed appropriate to meet at this venue.

The wine list was as impressive as the view, and there was a keen and passionate sommelier to talk us through it. Lots of wines by the glass, including those from the host estate, and a great range of local and imported wines by the bottle.

We started with a glass each of Colmant bubbly, and awaited our starters.
The charred miso octopus was very chewy, and we would have told the waiter if we weren’t being ignored. Eventually I kidnapped a manager, and the rubber octopus was taken away and removed from the bill. David’s acorn-fed pork canneloni was delicious, and my beef bobotie wontons were good. The pastry was a bit dry, though.

We found ourselves with empty wine glasses, and it took ages to order something else. Maybe I should have traded the octopus for some booze?
For mains, we had grilled sea bass, which was nice, and a chicken and plumb kiev, which was also excellent. And then there was the duck.

It was overdone, I didn’t like it so I sent it back, Overdone again on the second attempt. Nothing wrong with it, but I didn’t like the grey meat or the rather sticky sauce. It came with some yellow stuff, which wasn’t much fun either.

We drank a lot more, had some cheese which was pretty uninspiring, and left quite a lot poorer.
It was a great location, with some excellent wines, but the food and service failed to come up to expectations.

My rating? 3.5*
Key to the Ratings….
1* Dog food is nicer
2*. Cat food is nicer
3*. Not bad if Woolworths is sold out of ready meals.
4*. I like it
5*. I love it. Not to be missed.

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