Virgil Kahn, executive chef of our world-renowned Indochine restaurant, and his team have made Delaire Graff Estate proud by walking away with the highest possible accolade at this year’s JHP Gourmet Guide Awards; Three Plates as a world-class dining destination worthy of a flight to the Cape.
With the competition steep, and being one of only five restaurants to receive it, Indochine has secured its place as one of the top restaurants in the country. This high praise is a testament to Virgil’s focus on not only always daring to be different, but also his dedication to team building.
“My guys must leave here talking like chefs. They need to know about techniques, fermentation, health trends and life – I want to equip them with all these pieces to empower them. I appoint for energy, drive and fire.” His trust in the sommelier is of paramount importance as Virgil abstains from alcohol but knows the role that it plays in enhancing his dishes.
Indochine encapsulates an ethos of vitality, wellness and health. Open daily; menus are inspired by fresh, organic produce. Enjoy pan-Asian fine dining in the serenity of the restaurant’s contemporary interior or outside on the terrace, which boasts sweeping views across to the majestic Table Mountain.
Extraordinary combinations are evident on Virgil’s latest spring menu. Expect the unexpected, trio of amuse bouche, different each day, that will represent all that is freshly picked on the estate. The green tea-leaf salad is an explosion of flavours, the cured yellowtail and coconut turmeric ice with a cos lettuce salad (picked from Virgil’s garden at home) is piquant. Traditional Cape ingredients, like snoek and waterblommetjies, are perfectly blended with ponzu to create an unforgettable dish. A mango dessert with crispy lavender, white cardamom cream and curry leaf could end your epicurean journey with a crescendo.
Indochine opens daily for lunch from 12h00 to 14h15 and for dinner from 18h30 to 21h00. Bookings are essential.