La Colombe recently underwent an extensive refurbishment in order to offer guests the perfect all-round dining experience. The interior now offers a sense of space and tranquility that reflects the restaurant’s picture-perfect setting.

“Taking into account the restaurant’s majestic setting amongst the trees at Silvermist, we decided to turn the interior into a refined treehouse with a calm, neutral palette, where the forest and the food do the talking,” says interior designer Hayley Turner from Bone Studio.

La Colombe means ‘The Dove’, and the hand-drawn artwork by Lucie de Moyencourt on the main feature wall and the carved wooden doves by local artisan Lameck Tayengwa reference this throughout the space. Other features include white oiled chevron oak floors, travertine mosaic and hand-cut bespoke terracotta tiles, with brass and oak complementing the tables’ white linen.

The restaurant is set to re-open this week after the 6-week-long revamp, and does so with a new Executive Chef. Former Head Chef James Gaag takes on the position, with Jess van Dyk returning as Head Chef and Keegan Braithewaite taking over as Sous.

“I’m delighted to finally realise my dream of running La Colombe. My team and I are excited for this new and exciting chapter. We’ll be keeping some signature dishes on the menu, and can’t wait to introduce everyone to the new dishes. First and foremost, is a balance of flavours. I believe food should be delicious and inviting and not overthought, overworked or overcomplicated,” says James.

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