The name of the restaurant was inspired by La Motte’s admiration of South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957). Pierneef’s creativity in portraying the beauty of the South African landscape is echoed in the restaurant’s offering of traditional cuisine with a modern interpretation. The unique food styles and diverse flavours have been inspired by centuries of cooking, spiced by influences from across the globe, forming the precious ingredients of Cape Winelands Cuisine. A hardcover recipe book of the same title and with beautiful photography now shares these special recipes and their history. Cape Winelands Cuisine, the cookbook, is available from the La Motte Farm Shop and all leading bookshops.
The restaurant interior blends beautifully with the external surroundings – a fresh, natural look inside is embraced by tranquil gardens and majestic oak trees – where a Winelands Tea with a selection of home-baked delights from the La Motte Farm Shop can be enjoyed.
Celebrating the culinary heritage of the Cape Winelands, lunch at Pierneef à La Motte treats guests to a seasonal a la carte menu from Tuesdays to Saturdays, with a special Sunday family lunch on Sundays.
- A la carte lunch
Choose from a choice of starters, mains and desserts, including a cheese course and the daily Chef’s Selection with Chef Michelle Theron’s creative interpretation of fresh produce.
Pierneef à La Motte is open for its a la carte lunch from Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30 – 15:30.
Reservations are recommended.
- Sunday family lunch
In tune with the old Cape tradition of family get-togethers over extended Sunday lunches and as a reflection of the estate’s owners’ appreciation for family values, Sunday lunches are presented in the form of a family meal. Traditional Cape Winelands Cuisine lends itself exceptionally well to this style of food and guests can expect a selection of artisan breads on arrival, a plated starter, main course consisting of two meats of which one will be a roast, as well as a selection of side dishes, vegetables and salads served family-style to share. A plated dessert will conclude the family feast.
The Sunday family lunch costs R325 per person, excluding wine. Children under 12 have the option to share in the menu at a special price of R125 or order from the Children Menu.
The Sunday family lunch will be served on Sundays, 11:30 – 15:30
Reservations are essential.
Download and example of the Pierneef à La Motte Sunday family lunch menu (please note that this is only an example of the menu)
- Light lunch
Complementing its selection of exclusive gifts and delicious confectionery, the La Motte Farm Shop offers those preferring a lighter meal, savoury eats such as sandwiches, salads, wraps and pastries to enjoy on the shaded stoep or under the oaks trees. Expect trendy and tasty options to enjoy with a glass of La Motte wine or a selection of beverages from the restaurant.
The Farm Shop is open from Tuesday – Sunday, 09:00 – 17:00. (Light lunches will be introduced on Friday, 2 October 2015)
Dinner is a fine-dining affair and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings when the restaurant is open for dinner, guests are invited to a five-course tasting menu of the restaurant’s special focus: Cape Winelands Cuisine. Chef Michelle Theron offers an exceptional and creative interpretation of seasonal produce and carefully sourced ingredients, beautifully plated and expertly matched with the selection of wines from the restaurant’s award-winning wine list.
Fine-dining dinners cost R445 per person without wine, R650 per person with wine.
Pierneef à La Motte is open for dinner from Thursday – Saturday, 19:00.
Reservations are essential.
The Chef’s Table
Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant introduced its Chef’s Table for visitors requiring an intimate area for entertaining guests in a rather exclusive fashion. With an appealing glimpse of activities in the kitchen, the Chef’s Table is secluded from the traditional restaurant area, affording guests an atmosphere of privacy.
What sets the Chef’s Table apart is the cuisine offering as well as the freedom of being able to plan a personal menu and wine-list, with Chef Michelle Theron as the creative guide. Passionate about Cape Winelands Cuisine – the unique traditional style of food served at Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant – Michelle delights in creating the ultimate menu and ensuring that both host and guests surrender to a gourmet food experience perfectly partnered by a hand-picked selection of wines.
The Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant Chef’s Table is available for up to 8 guests for lunch or dinner.
Prior arrangements with the restaurant and chef are essential.
From Tuesday to Sunday, a special menu is available for children younger than 12, featuring delectable pasta dishes, home-made chicken nuggets, fish fingers, corn fritters and fries as well as desserts such as ice-cream and chocolate brownies. On Sundays, children have the option to share the Family menu at R125 or order from the Children Menu.
Celebrating a culture of hospitality and a heritage of passionate Cape cooks who were well-known for their pastries and confectionery, Pierneef à La Motte invites you to a beautifully presented Winelands Tea.
The Winelands Tea is served in the restaurant and on the stoep or in the garden and guests are able to choose from a selection of the finest teas of the world. Avid coffee drinkers are welcome to enjoy a steaming cup of La Motte’s house blend instead of the tea or even homemade fruit cordial on a hot summer’s day. Following the custom of the old Cape, where the man of the house often served some sweet wine (called a soet sopie), guests will have the option to also order a glass of sweet wine or La Motte sparkling wine*.
The confectionery is inspired by Cape Winelands traditions and guests can expect an enticing offering of delicate trout-filled pancakes, chocolate truffles in traditional flavours such as milk tart, charming macaroons and an assortment of delectable cakes.
The Winelands Tea costs R145 per person (*Sparkling wine can be ordered at an additional R25 per glass) and can be enjoyed from Tuesday to Sunday, 09:00 – 17:00.
Reservations are essential.