Exploring the Paarl valley – that was our mission for February 2016. On the third Friday of February we had our usual Friday lunch, this time at Harvest Restaurant, Laborie wine farm in the Paarl valley. Named after the district of La Bri in France, the farm became the property of Isaac Taillefert in1691. The architecture of the beautiful buildings which includes the restaurant as well as a guest house clearly depicts the French heritage of the farm.
The restaurant has a beautiful terrace which overlooks the vineyards, but as an ill wind was blowing, we decided to have lunch in the elegant dining room. Deon ordered Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with mushroom crust, fondant potato and roasted onions and baby carrots with a port and thyme jus. I ordered from the daily specials menu which was fish with mushrooms, vegetables and sweetcorn. For dessert we shared an Apple Tart Tatin with apple crumble ice-cream and dried apple.
After lunch we took some photographs of the squirrels on the green lawn and of the buildings. The buildings are beautiful, the staff is friendly, the presentation is beautiful and if you like a home-cooked meal, this is the restaurant for you. We expected a bit more than a home-cooked meal.