My late ex-mother-in-law wasn’t a great cook. She didn’t enjoy it. While I was married I discovered the great custom of having Christmas lunch at a restaurant or hotel. Easier, quicker, with no dishes to do while one is full and the blessing of not having to eat the leftovers until New Year’s Day.
The five-star Clico Restaurant at the fancy little boutique hotel offers a special menu on Christmas Eve (December 24), Christmas Day lunch and dinner (December 25) and Day of Goodwill lunch (December 26).
The special five-course festive tasting menu has been designed by executive chef Peter van Schaik (pictured below) and it is listed below the photograph. It sounds very good.
Clico Christmas Tasting Menu 2016
House made cured salmon
House made salmon gravlax, apple, radish, celery, horseradish
A duo of duck
Smoked duck breast and confit duck black lentil ragout, cauliflower, Swiss chard and Cumberland sauce
A roulade of turkey with candied sweet potato, sage marshmallow, caramelised carrots, kale and cranberry sauce
Smoked pork, braised red cabbage, pineapple jam, radishes and roots natural jus
Berry macaroons, vanilla marshmallow, black cherry gel, maraschino cherries and rocky road ice cream
The price is R 595 a person excluding wine pairing. Reservations must be made in advance.
Clico’s Christmas tasting menu includes optional wine pairings for each dish to enhance the flavours of the chef’s creations. Executive chef is Peter van Schaik who joined the team earlier this year after having worked at Die Ou Pastorie, The Forum Homini Hotel and Roots Restaurant, Singita Sabi Sands and the celebrated Hotel Fauchere in the US.
Off-street parking is is available on 9A Jellico Avenue, Rosebank, as well as security supervised parking at the 27 Sturdee Avenue entrance. Bookings on 011 252 3300. Warning for disabled patrons – they will say they will keep you a parking, but based on past experience they will not necessarily follow through. There is theoretically, however, disabled parking and the staff are actually, not just theoretically, very willing to assist.