I am still daydreaming about the delectable Seafood Bisque that I enjoyed at Roca Restaurant surrounded by 360 degree views of Franschhoek this past week!
In addition to their already iconic views of the Franschhoek Valley, they've gone and added a third level, referred to as “Roca 360 on the Roof”, complete with a comfy couch set up for your viewing pleasure to take it all in. At this point, Roca is almost just showing off now, and I like it!
Our smiling and knowledgable waitress could not have done more to ensure that we were comfortable at all times, that our wine glasses were never empty and to make knowledgable recommendations on 'must-try' dishes.
My photographs attached should hopefully go a long way in giving you an idea of plating, and presentation of the dishes so this rating below is purely based on taste.
My starter, the recommended Seafood Bisque made with local Linefish blew me away. Seafood Bisques of any kind are a firm favourite of mine and I religiously try the lobster or fish alternative at any venue that offers it! The Bisque had lots of flavour, and had the right balance of creaminess and saltiness with generous portions of Linefish in it.
Next, it was onto the Seared Sesame Crusted Salmon served with slow roasted cherry tomato, grilled fennel bulb, parsley pommes purée, pickled ginger and a lemon salsa. The salmon was the right combination of crunchy and softness inside, and cooked to perfection! It was exactly what I had imagined a dish with that description to be and the only conjecture that I had was over the portion size as this is a main dish.
Wood-oven Roasted Mozambican Chicken: Free range deboned chicken, roasted vegetables, peri-peri sauce and hand cut chips. The chicken was simple but full of flavour and spicy without overpowering the dish.
We left thinking that we had selected the best three dishes and absolutely content, which I can't say after every meal.
*Recommendation: Even, if it is simply for sundowners, Roca Restaurant is a must-visit for anyone heading to Franschhoek!