We snuck in a midweek date night at La Tete recently and it was such a lovely evening! What made it even better was the great winter special which really makes these midweek date nights possible! To keep this post super honest I want to let you know that this is our second visit to La Tete. I didn’t write about our first visit because I really didn’t enjoy the food, the ambience or the service. So many foodies I respect love La Tete and because of this I knew we needed to give them a second chance! I can report we had a completely different experience this time round!
We had such a wonderful evening at La Tete from the lovely food, the great service and the amazing value for money. On our cold winter’s night the restaurant was unfortunately a little quiet. The atmosphere is pretty stark (Jono haaated the paper tablecloths). And an empty restaurant with no music can be a little awkward. I’m hoping I win you all over with my “brilliant” blog post and next time we’re back it’s full of happy foodies!
La Tete’s winter special is three dishes from their starters or dessert menu for R220, and on Wednesday the special includes a complimentary glass of wine! And I can promise you that six dishes between two people is plenty food!! We decided to try five starters between us and one dessert to share.
The menu changes based on what is seasonal, available and most delicious at the time. So your next visit could have a completely different menu but I am sure they’re a few cult classics that stay on the menu.
Round One at La Tete
Our wonderful waitress helped guide us through the menu and suggested the kitchen send out the dishes as they were ready. I love small plates and shared dining so this was the perfect set up for me! We started with their chicken liver parfait served with their homemade sourdough. I loved the chicken liver parfait paired with the sweet jam on their gorgeous sourdough. Many of their starters are served with bread which I enjoyed. However, Jono got a little over so many courses being served with bread.
The Jerusalem artichokes served with spring onions and watercress was my favourite dish of the night. I love Jerusalem artichokes and absolutely loved this dish with its tart zingy dressing. Super delicious and a dish that really delivers in terms of flavour. La Tete isn’t exactly vegetarian friendly but on the night there were 3 veggie options and 3 fish dishes for those avoiding red meat.
Next up was the salt hake, potato and boiled egg. This dish was not my kind of party. The salt hake was really fishy and salted… which I guess the name suggests… But Jono loved it so don’t be discouraged by me!
I’m a huge fan of quail and I loved the deboned quail with savoy cabbage and bacon. The quail was beautifully tender and the sweet sticky sauce was delicious. I could easily have not shared this little guy!
Our last savoury dish was their mussels, leeks and bacon. This dish was packed with flavour and another star of the evening! It is a definite must order if you see it on the menu. I loved the pairing of the mussels with the smokey bacon.
The famous Madeleines for dessert
We finished off with 6 Madeleines to share. I love Madeleines. They always make me think of Majeka House and their amazing breakfasts! I tried to decide which was better – Majeka vs La Tete but it proved an impossible challenge! The madeleines are served warm straight out the oven which makes them really special. Because they’re made to order they need a little patience but are so fluffy and delicious that they’re worth the wait!!
- Location: 17 Bree Street, Cape Town
- Opening times: Lunch Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 2:30pm and dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm til 11pm
- Contact details: 021 418 1299 or www.latete.co.za