GREG LANDMAN finds Heaven in Hermanus and Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Bliss spots in Hermanus and Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
The Tasting Room at Creation, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 028 212 1107
Beryl has this thing about whales. She loves walking along the Cliff Path in Hermanus and peering across the bay like some eternal romantic part of her nature that makes it so poignant. Of course it is whale season again in that neck of the woods and we just had to go down to the seas again to look for them ourselves. On the way, and while there, we have to eat – that is the thing that binds us together.
First stop was at Creation in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley – a knockout destination if ever there was one. The setting alone is spectacular
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There are various options at this great place, this creation, if you will excuse the expression, of JC Martin and his charming wife Carolyn. Pairings are the order of the day and they include a tempting charcuterie platter with air-dried, free-range meats like smoked duck and coppa matched with four selected wines, delicious, especially with the four irresistible home-made breads that accompany it. This is enough for two so we shared it but, appetites sharpened, also tried the cheese pairing. This includes four excellent cheeses, nice and fragrant with age, like Gorgonzola and Gruyère matched with the perfect wines
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Showing they really care, Creation also offers a vegan pairing and,
: ¿ teas and glamorous canapés at R595. Beryl said, "point, dear,' and merrily went on with the Chardonnay in her glass that she noted was Riedel, which makes all the difference, she says, to how a wine tastes.
To bring the pairing to its natural conclusion we tried two scoops of home-made Speculaas gelato (R35) with their Fine Cape Vintage (port) and went away feeling at peace with the beautiful setting and ready for anything.
Bookings essential. Open daily 11h00-16h00.
The Fisherman’s Cottage in Hermanus
028 312 3642
Beryl loves nothing better than sitting close to the sea and eating something that recently came from it. She oohed and aahed over this place before she even went into the charming ¿ – one of the original ones, packed with character and steeped in atmosphere. I had actually been there before – in winter – ¿ and warm.
This time we sat in the sun-splashed area outside and watched the comings and goings of the hoi polloi of Hermanus, which has long ago shrugged off its sleepy, seaside village reputation. Today there are some really fancy cars to be seen driving through town and plenty of
We started with the freshest, juiciest oysters – six each – at R25, a bargain. Madame slurped them down with alarming gusto. We also tried one of their signature dishes – pork belly, deliciously succulent, served with cured hake – a most unusual and delicious combination at R75. Although it has a well-deserved reputation for some of the
¿ ¿ – nice and red in the middle and topped with sautéed mushrooms (R185). Beryl, enticed by the aromas at the table next to us, could not resist the seafood curry (R138) packed with mussels and calamari and served
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I tasted some and she was not wrong.
The wine list has some of the gems of this area at good prices, and
¿ * service from a knowledgeable crew makes you feel as if you are in your own home. The blackboard outside lists some daily specials like
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Open for lunch Friday to Sunday, dinner Monday to Saturday.