It was a dark and stormy night. While torrents of rain is pouring down from the sky and the wind is blowing a gale, we made our way all snuggled up in winter wear to the very trendy Haas Collective in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, for a fun-filled Come Wine With Us event.
As you walk in the door you are greeted with mysterious and interesting elements ready to catch the eye. Think dark colours, wooden furniture, interesting decor and trinkets like skulls to add to the quirkiness of the place. We were welcomed with a glass of Nederburg Cuvee Brut and bruschetta with a selection of delicious toppings.
It was a Tastes & Textures evening unlike any other. An evening where the culinary world meets the best of the local design world. The food was provided by Haas Collective, the wine from Nederburg’s Winemasters Collection and the design aspect where we had the opportunity to pair fabrics and ceramics were provided by Rialheim. Rialheim specialises in interior decor and craft wonderful products from locally sourced materials which is then moulded and formed by local artisans.
Each guest received a “Perfect Pairing” docket where you select the wine and pick the best matches across the fabric and ceramic that will compliment each dish. Our glasses were filled with Nederburg Winemasters Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz.
For Starters we received a selection of homemade breads. The sweetcorn and ginger soup was delicious and flavoursome and a perfect dish to warm up the evening.
For the fish starters we had a very tasty Marlin and was served with an asian sauce to elevate the flavours of the fish.
The different flavours and textures of the cauliflower and beetroot tzatziki awakened the senses. It was unique yet delicious and was interesting to pair it with the different wines, textures and fabrics which best would compliment the dish.
The Main Course was a variety of tapas that was shared around the table. The seared BBQ chicken was juicy and tender. My favourite was the juicy, tasty pulled pork served with coleslaw and pomegranate. It was absolutely delicious!
The balsamic vinaigrette adds a tanginess to fresh medley of vegetables that have been skewered and grilled until lightly charred.
Who can say no to parmesan mushrooms? These mushrooms are so tasty and flavourful with a creamy, crunchy texture – it will have you begging for more!
There is just something divine about the texture of polenta and a full-flavoured sauce on a cold winter’s night. The Polenta chips was served with slow cooked tomato and onion sauce. It was as delicious as a fried carb can be with a wonderful crunchy, sturdy outer layer. A pleasing contrast to the soft texture within for a delicate treat.
There is nothing like dessert to end of a great evening on a sugar high! The Lime tartlets were decadent and zesty and simply delightful. A trio of chocolates and sweet potato truffles – chocolatey and so yummy! It was paired with a Nederburg Winemakers Noble Late Harvest.
Haas is definitely a feast for the senses. The food is simplistic, yet fresh and flavoursome. It is also one of the few places where you can grab a steaming cup of Kopi Luwak coffee. If a cup of coffee made with coffee beans previously eaten by civets in Indonesia doesn’t grab your fancy, there are also regular coffees, teas, smoothies and fruit juices on offer.