We settled into the downstairs wine tasting area rather too easily and thank you to the wonderful staff who introduced us to the wine of this great house, which took place opposite the whiskey room.
Lunch was a rather lavish affair. We started with yellowtail ceviche with compressed vanilla apple, confit tomato and goats cheese ravioli and finally, seared beef carpaccio with ginger soy dressing (amazing). From this, we went on to the mains that included seaweed crusted linefish(perfect for the blisteringly hot day) with butter poached shellfish and springbok with mature cheddar croquette (a great balance here between the hearty meat and sharp cheese). And if you think we were faint-hearted, we even tackled the desserts (an insanely luscious panna cotta and to-die-for chocolate bar that we strangely forgot to photograph...it was THAT good).
Cavalli delivers on almost all fronts (the service was sadly lacking in experience, but the design and attention to detail almost made up for this) where a great setting and well-constructed food take centre stage.