When my bestest best friend comes home from Grahamstown, we seldom need an excuse to crack open the wine and get stuck into some good food. But Tayla turning 21, and being home for her birthday, was definitely a reason to celebrate. Of course, I wanted to do something special, but story of our lives, the cash was a bit tight.
When I heard that the well known Henri’s in Somerset West was having a special, I knew without a doubt it would be worth it. Henri’s is one of the more “up market” restaurants in Somerset West, with a stunning, extensive menu. Their winter/spring special is running until the 30th of September, and includes a thee-course set menu at R205 per person, as well as a complimentary bottle of Guardian Peak wine to share!
We were blessed with gorgeous weather on the day, so we opted to sit outside on the lovely patio. Neither of us had been to Henri’s before, and I was pleasantly surprised by how versatile the space is. The patio is perfect for lunch, while just below it there are loads of shady trees and wooden tables which look GREAT for some chilled summer sundowners! Inside is a bit more formal, where one can enjoy a nice dinner in style.
The service was top-notch, with the waitress offering us the best seat in the house. We were given a garlic pizza bread to nibble on, and offered a choice of Guardian Peak wines to accompany our meal. Tayla had previously tasted the 2015 Merlot and highly recommended it – which I can now do, too, as it quickly became one of my favourites to date! Extremely smooth and easy drinking and really well priced (although it came free with our meal – winning!)
For starters, I had the soup of the day, which was cauliflower (YAY!) Tayla had the crumbed fish cakes, served with lemon butter and tomato salsa. Both dishes were so satisfying that we contemplated skipping main altogether and just having pudding – but of course that never happened!
I’m admittedly a burger freak, so for main I had the gourmet 250g minced rump burger served on toasted brioche. This came stacked with caramelised onions, brie and bacon, and I opted for salad instead of chips. Tayla had the pasta dish of the day, which was butternut and rocket.
By the time pudding rolled around, we were pretty much rolling around ourselves, but luckily pudding doesn’t go to the waistline, it goes straight to the heart! With lovely traditionally South African dessert options, I chose the spiced apple tarte titan with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce, and Tayla the malva pudding with star aniseed custard and ice cream.
And to complete a perfect afternoon, the attentive staff noticed the celebratory spirit (or probably more likely, the presents) and gifted Tayla a decadent birthday chocolate brownie to round the afternoon off. Such a small but thoughtful gesture really made the whole experience just that much better.