Terroir celebrates the arrival of summer with fresh new seasonal menu

The arrival of summer sees us all shrugging off the heavy winter layers and welcoming in longer, lighter and brighter days. Award winning Stellenbosch eatery Terroir has done likewise, and has introduced a new summer menu that offers fresh, light and uncomplicated dishes that have been precisely created to tantalise diners during our hot African summers. We had the chance to sample this crisp new menu and it was nothing short of delightful.

The new items on the Terroir summer menu showcase the considerable talents of acclaimed chef Michael Broughton and his team. Visitors can look forward to dishes such as yellow-fin tuna carpaccio seared in cumin and coriander served with avocado and a shallot, soy and ginger dressing. A confit of duck leg makes a welcomed appearance on the menu, wrapped in pastry with sauce demi-glace and served with nutmeg and baby bok choy that has been braised with honey and sesame; as does a quinoa and vegetable salad that offers a mélange of diced fresh summer vegetables with feta and preserved lemon and tomato vinaigrette.

And to round out the meal, those with a sweet tooth can look forward to Le Kit Kat – a smooth chocolate ganache with flavours of hazelnut and almond served with a Mascarpone sorbet.

Broughton says that while winter saw the restaurant team serving up big hearty plates of warming faire, the summer menu is lighter – offering crisp, fresh and deceptively simple meals that focus on bold flavours and textures as well as seasonal produce. “Our summer menu is definitely in keeping with world food trends that see cleaner, crisper plating and flavours, with dishes that leave diners most satisfied, yet not feeling heavy and over-fed.”

Summer dining at Terroir, seated out on the terrace with a chilled glass of Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc in hand is a treat not to be missed this summer.

Terroir is open for lunch from Tuesdays to Sundays from 12h00 – 14h30 and for dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 18h30 – 21h00. Advance reservations are highly recommended. To book call 021 880-8167 or email restaurant@kleinezalze.co.za

Kleine Zalze Wines and Terroir restaurant are situated on Strand Road (R44), Stellenbosch, South Africa.