Taste of Cape Town is back with more foodie bliss

Taste of Cape Town is back with more foodie bliss

The Pick Pay Taste of Cape Town is the Mother City’s premier food festival and foodies can partake in the festivities at the Green Point Cricket Club until Sunday, April 6.
Taste of Cape Town is celebrating its seventh anniversary this year and 10 of Cape Town’s best restaurants have fashioned special menus of starter sized dishes for the occasion, including signature dishes created by featured chefs designed to reflect their philosophy and showcase seasonal and premium ingredients in the alfresco gourmet setting.

PETER TROMP chatted to a few of the chefs that will represent their eateries at this year’s event.

Executive chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams of Camissa Brasserie and Wine Bar, The Table Bay Hotel
Tell us about the dishes you have decided to showcase at the event. What can attendees look forward to?
We selected the most popular dishes from our menu, beautiful rich flavours and great locally sourced ingredients that you would expect from a brasserie. Oscar Lager braised karan beef short rib with Oscar Lager jus, herb & macadamia nut crusted Karoo Lamb cutlet with minted jus, Rainbow cheese cake with mixed berries compote and our iconic dish West Coast Rock lobster curry with roti.

How challenging is it to condense the philosophy and essence of your restaurant in a starter sized portion?
We wanted to stay within the quintessentially South African realm, authentically South African food celebrating the country’s rich cultural heritage with dishes drawn from our natural bounty of seafood, meat, game and vegetation. Starter size portions are just a snippet of the flavour, so you’ll definitely want to come to the restaurant for more.

Executive Chef Anil Panwar of Jewel of India
How challenging is it to condense the philosophy and essence of your restaurant in a starter sized portion?
It is always a challenge to showcase rich Indian Flavours in a starter sized portion. Our restaurant has exquisite Indian Food which is an amalgamation of Indian spices made to perfection. Our rich ingredients and unique recipes have helped us maintain quality in spite of the portion size.

Do you actually have fun at the event, or is it all about keeping the visitors happy?
It was our debut last year and we got a very warm welcome from the host as well as the attendees. We got exposed to different cuisines under one roof and also tried new dishes as well. Taste of Cape Town has always been a learning experience for us as well as a great platform to showcase our authentic Indian Food. The event has helped us make new friends and have fun while doing so.

Executive Chef Stefan Marais of Society Bistro and Jonkershuis
What does it mean to you to participate in Taste of Cape Town?
It’s such an honour to be part of city’s greatest foodie gathering. Taste is always filled with lots of laughter, great food, great wine and of course amazing Capetonians coming out to play.

Tell us about the dishes you have decided to showcase at the event. What can attendees look forward to?
At our pop up stall on the Sunday Societi Bistro will sport a squad of sexy young gentleman clad in the latest Bjorn Borg designer underwear serving up scoops of our ultra-delicious smoked salt caramel ice cream. Our sister restaurant Jonkershuis at Groot Constantia joins us this year with their delectable Traditional Cape Malay Lamb Curry and what would any Taste of Cape Town be for Societi Bistro without our signature Mushroom risotto?

Head Chef Henry Vigar, La Mouette Restaurant
What does it mean to you to participate in Taste of Cape Town?
It means a lot to us to be asked to be a part of such a famous festival and we thoroughly enjoy the experience to not only see our industry friends but to interact with our customers in an informal and fun manner – in short it means the world to be asked and we love doing it.

How challenging is it to condense the philosophy and essence of your restaurant in a starter sized portion?
It is challenging yes – but creative thinking and a lot of fun to play around with also. We think of them as tasting menu portions and then just make them a little smaller.

 

WIN

10 lucky readers can win double tickets to Taste of Cape Town 2014. Send your name and “Taste 2014” in the subject line in an e-mail to: win@48hours.co.za before 12pm on Friday, April 4. Good luck!