Taste of Cape Town 2012

21 Apr

Taste of Cape Town 2012

Taste of Cape Town 2012

The tragedy of Taste of Cape Town is that to taste every delectable looking dish on offer you’d probably have to go three days in a row and burn through a lot of crowns (the festival currency).  Even with two of us sharing every dish (no duplicates allowed) we only managed to tick off a few, but luckily those included some winners and only one dud which can forgo mention.

Like last year, the Taste of Cape Town was held at the Greenpoint Cricket Club which is a beautiful spacious venue.  I’ve already seen some great reviews of this year’s event with beautiful photos, so instead of rehashing the event, here’s my own list of favourites and restaurants that have swooped to the top of my must-eat-at list (I really have one).

Braised rib eye of beef

Braised rib eye of beef

Since it was lunchtime when we arrived, we got stuck straight into the savouries with the Westin Executive Club Restaurant’s braised rib eye of beef with chutney, potlena & gremolata mushrooms, and Fyndraai Restaurant’s calamari & prawn paella with pickled spekboom. The beef was definitely the winner of that round just because it felt more “special”, but the spekboom in the paella was an interesting twist that I liked.

Calamari & prawn paella

Calamari & prawn paella

 

My next choice was 96 Winery Road’s Ketaifi-wrapped Norwegian salmon with wasabi mayo and soy reduction.

Ketaifi-wrapped salmon

Ketaifi-wrapped salmon

The ketaifi was like an extremely delicate pastry that just added a crusty crunch to the delicious salmon as if was part of the fish itself.  For me that won over Hagen’s Duck tortellini with fresh tomato and basil sauce from the Planet Restaurant,  which was tasty but dark duck meat just isn’t  my favourite.

(By this stage, after much deliberation, we’d also decided that the HermanusPietersFontein Sauvignon Blanc would also be top of our wine shopping list if we had R95 burning a hole in our pocket, especially if I had another one of those salmon dishes…hmmmm…).

Hagen’s winning dish was La Colombe’s asian-style beef carpaccio with pickled shitake mushrooms, seseme crème, avo and nori puffs.  I loved it because it was so beautiful and delicate, and each little bite was bursting with flavour. Definitely worth the 8 crown price-tag!

Asian style beef carpaccio

Asian style beef carpaccio

Banana whiskey butterscotch cheesecake

Banana whiskey butterscotch cheesecake

Onto dessert and it was a painful choice to forgo La Colombe’s chocolate torte, but it was back to 96 Winery Road for me for their banana and whiskey cheesecake with butterscotch sauce.  Soft, sweet creamy and very bananary, I’m not sure that I would be able to manage anything bigger than that sample size. Then again…

After overhearing good things about Planet Restaurant’s “Do you wanna see my stiiik?” Valrhona chocolate selection, that was Hagen’s choice and it almost topped mine.

All things Valrhona chocolate

All things Valrhona chocolate

Four incredible bite size pieces of magic on a delicious wafer later (no it is not wood, do not throw it away – eat it!) we were replete.

Our last crown went to Save the Rhino and we sailed happily red cheeked and full bellied home.

Taste of Cape Town is on until Sunday 22 April.

 

2 Responses to “Taste of Cape Town 2012”

  1. Anne April 22, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    YUM! Pickled spekboom sounds an interesting addition to all sorts of dishes. Any idea of how it is made? Perhaps you need one potted ready for your garden?

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