Known for its fresh and flavoursome Asian-influenced cuisine, Indochine restaurant at Delaire Graff estate in Stellenbosch now boasts an impressive new menu inspired by Head Chef Virgil Kahn’s recent trip to Southeast Asia.
The fine-dining experience at Indochine restaurant has always been one to savour. With its serene surrounds, exquisite interior and iconic ‘Swallows in Flight’ art installation by Lionel Smit and Andre Stead hovering from the ceiling, the setting alone is breathtaking to behold.
The food focus has always stayed true to Delaire Graff’s philosophy of using only the best seasonal and ethically-sourced local ingredients, with produce picked daily from the estate’s own greenhouse and vegetable gardens. Indochine’s new menu is no different, and boasts artful culinary creations that are a true celebration of nature’s bounty.
It was a three-week stint in Southeast Asia, working and dining in some of the world’s best restaurants, that led Kahn to the Afro-Asian offerings now being served at Indochine. Thanks to time spent in Bangkok, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong, the Asian influence is immediately apparent, but the chef has added his own South African flavour to the dishes.
To start, there are the salads, with gochujang pork, chilli pickled tuna, ponzu kudu and octopus miang kham setting the scene for the courses that lie ahead. For a warmer alternative, try one of the soups, which include beef broth, tom yam goong, shitake and fennel dashi, and chicken, coconut and lime soup.
Next there are the grilled options, consisting of sticky beef short rib, Karoo lamb cutlets, Korean free-range chicken, grilled line fish and free-range beef rib eye with handcut chips. The curries are hearty, flavoursome and varied, ranging from woodfired chicken and beef rendang to seafood madras and red curry of prawns.
For sides, choose from edamame and shitake potstickers, homemade spring rolls, crunchy mussel omelette, som tham, Thai beef salad and egg-fried rice. The crowing glory is the dessert course: think plum shiso and chocolate, mandarin cheescake with quince ice cream, strawberry and rose geranium parfait, white chocolate green curry panna cotta with sticky coconut rice, and mojito sorbet with grilled pineapple and coconut lime cake.
Indochine at Delaire Graff is open daily for lunch from 12 – 2.15 pm and for dinner from 6.30 – 9pm. Find the sample lunch menu here.