And so it begins. The dining experience of a life time.
Having read the review sometime in April, it was decided that Cube would be our next big event. Being quite pricey, we decided to schedule said event for the end of the month and the day had finally arrived. If you haven’t read about Cube before, the basic concept is this – a 12 plus course tasting menu served to a select few in a little spot in Parktown North. It is an experience that i would recommend to any one with even the slightest interest in food.
I’ve decided to post this review in 3 parts in order to provide a comprehensive summary of each course.Unlike our other posts, this review will take a somewhat different approach. I’m not going to waste good reading time with a review on decor, vibe and service – those really are all secondary to the food (fyi there weren’t any complaints on those aspects anyway)
Lets get down to the main event shall we.
Fighting out of the white corner, weighing in at a 30 seater … Cube “the tasting kitchen” restaaaaaaurant!
And fighting out of the..er..other corner, weighing in at 9 curious people… Team “I’m so hungry I could eat a dead horse” Restauranteeeeeeeeeering”
Touch forks and FIGHT!
1. Pub Fare
Like any good sporting event, the night kicked off with some pub ‘grub’. I use the term ‘grub’ quite loosely, as this 1st course was anything but. Chip & Dip, biltong, pizza squares, peanuts and raisins and of course nachos. Now, I know you’re probably thinking “well that doesn’t sound all that special; I can get that at the Keg”. Well, you’re wrong. Beetroot crisps, perfectly tender duck biltong, a dehydrated pizza square the size of a postage stamp but packed with enough flavour to punch your head off your shoulders and a ‘shot’ of nacho-ey goodness. No, I didn’t think your Keg served that.
2. Butternut Soup
A solitary white cube in the middle of a big white bowl. Sounds a little lonely but wait, cue the teapot. Little white cube is soon surrounded by a sea of bright orange butternut soup. Silky smooth with a citrus burst to offset the richness, even butternut soup haters at the table were oohing and aaahing. Oh and the lone white cube? Just a little something called Feta Jelly!!
3. Bread Aka Nicoise Salad.
Give me bread and you’ve won me over. Not only did Cube give me bread but they added the freshest tuna, edamame beans that popped in your mouth, eggy sauce and a white anchovy fillet. Oh and least I forgot, they also threw in only the most amazing tomatoes I have ever had the privilege of eating. No idea what was done to these little babies but they were quite literally, what (my) dreams are made of.
If heaven was edible I imagine it would taste a little something like Cube’s crab curry. Hot curry broth with just the right amount of heat played host to succulent prawns and tender crab. Joining the party we had caraway seeds, dehydrated pomegranates, chorizo oil and some fried pasta. Yes, the roof was indeed on fire. Personally, it was my dish of the evening and I would happily eat it by the bucket load.
5. Chicken & Mushroom Pie
A pie without pastry? Wait, what? I never would have thought that a pie would be so delicious without the millions of calories provided by the pastry. Mix together creamy mushrooms, a giant mushroom marshmallow (yes marshmallow), braised leeks and some chicken jus and you’ve got yourself a delightfully savoury sweetie pie. The only slightly odd component (if you don’t think a mushroom marshmallow is at all odd) was what was called ‘chicken fat powder’ – a little ball of, well, chicken fat. Note – do not pop this thing into your mouth whole!
6. Caramel Popcorn
Caramel – Check. Apple – Check. Foiegras – Er, check? Unbelievably odd combination that works unbelievably well.. Melt in your mouth foie gras is complimented by deliciously sweet caramel, all washed down with hot cinnamon apple juice. There are very few foods as controversial as foiegras, love it or hate it, you have to atleast try it.I’m willing to bet that Cube’s version will convert all the haters out there.
*ding ding ding*
Stayed tuned for Round 2 coming soon to a pc screen near you!