Miracle at Myoga

80% of patrons at Myoga Restaurant at the Vineyard Hotel order the seven course tasting menu for R225 and of them, 40% take the wine pairing option for an extra R170. Incredible value in these inflationary times, with the abstemious statistic due to drink-drive enforcement by PC van der Plod. Before they enter the restaurant, ladies receive a word of advice from Lady Anne Barnard (below, as the Vineyard was formerly her house).

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The restaurant (below) is all Alice in Wonderland chairs, steel tables and Market Theatre arches and the wine matching is orchestrated by one of the few non-Swedish sommeliers in the Cape, lovely Lisa Gorge. Last night the place was heaving inscrutably with Japanese tourists.

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To start, a single plump oyster with wasabi sorbet and Graham Beck bubbles NV. Wasabi wow!

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Next up was curried pork knuckle terrine and a Thelema Riesling 2010 with the pig fat pleasantly hydrolyzed by the acidic wine.

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Then there was a umami interchange between a Porcini soup and a Sterhuis Chenin 2009. The soup won.

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The seafood linguini was paired with an off-dry Groote Post Riesling 2010, but the wine was a little too sweet for the delicate calamari – I’d have preferred Thys Louw’s Sir Lambert 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. A Sir Juice for grownups.

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Yet another white for the BBQ pork tenderloin in the shape of a Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2009.

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Finally the most daring dish: bacon and Brie crumble matched with Ratafia. A desert made in heaven and a whole meal matched with white wine. How cool is that?

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My companion ordered a totally different seven dishes and got a Barbera, a Bukettraube, a Riesling, a Shiraz and a red Muscadel. Pedestrian this wine pairing ain’t. Value for money, definitely.