There is no way of knowing what the Belly of the Beast is offering up tonight, this is part of the charm, the excitement and mystique of this intriguing venue.
Twenty seats, five to eight courses, made up of anything the chefs can “grow, find, source or steal”. All you have to do is go and trust that you will be impressed by this intimate setting where the food is prepared and and served to you (including pouring the wine) by the chefs.
Another thing that sets this eatery apart is that it is a nose to tail eatery, using sustainable farmed whole animals, generating as little waste as possible.
On the back of the success of his first three established eateries — Chefs Warehouse and Canteen on Bree Street, Thali in Gardens and Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia — chef Liam Tomlin has once again dazzled with his excellence at the Maison Estate.
His award winning tapas concept is a long tribute to food and flavour, combining elements in new and exciting ways, matching textures with notes and density with contrast.
It’s a multi-tiered, multi-course taste extravaganza and not one to be missed, the setting is idyllic, you won’t be disappointed.
In case you still don’t know what poké is, it’s basically a deconstructed seafood salad usually incorporating yellowfin tuna. Poké originated in Hawaii as a way for fishermen to enjoy the offcuts of their catch along with fresh seasonal vegetables in a hassle-free way.
The bowls work on a build-your-own basis, where you can choose from a either two types of rice or zoodles as a base, and then a selection of sashimi and an assortment of toppings and dressings.
We tried the “The under current” which consisted of delicious salmon sashimi, orange, cucumber, carrot, pink radish with house Ponzu and creamy Togorashi dressing with toasted Almond Flakes. It’s outstanding, and convenient, full of flavour yet still “light” as meals go.
We tend to focus on restaurants that are established and have a heritage, this week we will be looking at three contemporary restaurants that have recently opened into Cape Towns culinary scene. Some names you will recognise from past exciting gastronomic forays that are now metamorphosing into new venues.
The 41 is a contemporary mediterranean restaurant in Camps Bay with a view to die for!
This spring they will be showcasing the exciting Spring Jazz Series, featuring amazing jazz trios every Thursday evening from 19:30 – 21:30. The artists will perform an accessible blend of jazz Standards, South African jazz, Latin jazz and light pop.
Aside from the excellent entertainment, they have a great menu to boot, including the epic “41 Platter” which contains ten prawns, grilled sustainable line fish, deep-fried calamari, steamed crab claw, sides of salad and fragrant rice, Sriracha mayo, lemon butter and six oysters.
Right on our own front door we find the Mojo Market in Sea Point, featuring forty-five designer retail stalls, a daily fresh goods section and twenty-five speciality food vendors.
It’s set up to allow for maximum indoor/outdoor flow with the pavement becoming the storefront and then transitioning into the indoor market. Indulge in ice-cream from Baskin Robbins or get All Thai’d Up for a zing of something spicy. There are clothes, accessories, trinkets and food, food and more food to choose from.
Kick back with an original Earthfire pizza and enjoy some of the live entertainment. This is definitely a “two-or-more visit” kind of market., you need to keep coming back :-)
Further along the coast, between Llandudno and Hout Bay you’ll find a beautiful and semi-antique location at the head of the Valley that leads down to Hout Bay Harbour, the Sentinel and Chapmans Peak.
Their Sunday buffet really kicks it up a notch, the starters include a selection of Meze’s, soup, pate (snoek, peppadew and chicken). The mains are beef fillet, gammon, honey-mustard pork belly and slow roasted chicken, fall off the bone tasty goodness.
Top it off with ice-cream, meringue, eclairs and mini pavlova’s.
On the way from Camps Bay to Llandudno a small divot of the Table Mountain National Park has been winkled out and made into a fabulous boutique hotel, spa and restaurant/bar.
The Azure Restaurant has been hosting Serendipity Sundays for a while now, and they are awesome. Relax to the soothing tones of the resident lounge singer and enjoy the expansive Sunday lunch buffet on offer.
There are fireplaces for the cold days and outdoor seating for those rarer patches of sunlight, bring a healthy appetite and some good friends :-)