The cuisine of head chef, Nicole Loubser, at Gåte restaurant at Quoin Rock wine estate was judged the global restaurant of the year overall winner at the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant Awards recently.
The cuisine of head chef, Nicole Loubser, at Gåte restaurant at Quoin Rock wine estate, was adjudged the global restaurant of the year overall winner at the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant Awards recently.
Gåte also secured the molecular cuisine global winner honour, plus the World Luxury Restaurant Awards’ best head chef – global winner accolade – which recognises sustained commitment to service excellence and outstanding achievement in the international restaurant industry.
In addition, the Knorhoek Valley estate also won the outstanding architecture continent award: Africa.
Chef Nicole honed her skills at Jan Hendrik’s one Michelin star restaurant in Nice and at Salzburg’s two Michelin star, Ikarus.
“It’s a lot of fun as it’s bigger than most in terms of space as well as equipment. Gåte is cutting edge because we not only focus on molecular gastronomy, but also on fine dining. We aim to play with the senses of the guest. As such, it’s not just another wine farm but a high-end fine dining venue,” she says.
“We focus on getting local food in, and also expensive items like truffles. We are setting up a greenhouse so we can be sustainable and have hydroponics in the kitchen for our own micro herbs and flowers.”
Gåte’s new menu launches on Thursday August 1.
“We’ve picked 14 countries to embody a taste-driven odyssey, fusing their flavours with South African cuisine.”
Daytime dining, Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to 2pm, costs R650, and R950 with wine pairing.
Night time dining, Tuesday to Sunday, from 6pm until late, costs R1 450 for the gourmet menu, and R2 150 with wine pairing.
The tasting menu costs R1 050 and R1 500 with wine pairing.
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