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Fyndraai: See-through lunching at Solms-Delta

August 2009

From the glass floor affording a view of the archaeological substructure of a 1740 wine cellar to the innovative menu, Fyndraai -, an exciting new restaurant with a local twist, on the Solms-Delta wine estate outside Franschhoek, combines historical ingredients with contemporary tastes. The cuisine, like its adventurous wines and atmospheric farmstead, lives up to the Solms-Delta claim of being proudly Hiervandaan (‘from this place’).

Dishes explore the diverse culinary heritage of the Cape, uniting European, Asian and African flavours in a fusion of tradition and creativity. Elements of Afrikaner boerekos, with its strong ‘Cape Malay’ (slave) influences, are blended with ingredients favoured by the Khoi nomads who lived in the Franschhoek Valley thousands of years ago. All appetisingly plated for maximum eye and taste appeal.

Chef Shaun Schoeman is Franschhoek born and bred and the latest in the line-up of top local culinary talent. He brings to Fyndraai a sound classical background, leavened by inventive flair and enticing presentation. He believes strongly that food can unite people; can make South Africans proud of their diverse heritage.

Seasonal menus, with daily specials, break away from the Franschhoek norm. In accordance with Solms-Delta’s celebration of what is most local is most lekker, they are “anything but French” and explore genuine Cape culinary traditions – truly ‘food of origin’. Sauces and syrups liven traditional favourites: waterblommetjies come with wild rosemary mint sauce; malva pudding takes on a new flavour with sour fig sauce; rooibos cheesecake comes with a koeksister drizzled with buchu syrup. Expect kraakbrood, kaaings – and possibly koekemakranka. Right now, chef Shaun is “playing happily”. And yes, there is a glossary translating the unfamiliar local terms for foreign visitors.

Picnic in the farm’s enchanting riverside forest. Appetising fresh baskets are available, with delicious vegetarian options. Booking for parties of more than 10 essential and set menus available for groups.

Restaurant hours: Fyndraai is open Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm during winter and from 1st October for the summer months: Tuesday to Saturday 12noon to 8pm, Sunday and Monday 12noon to 5pm.

For bookings call Fyndraai 021 874 3937.

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