And we’re back!
Round 2 *ding ding ding* The competitors come out fighting!
This course was labeled a palate cleanser and incorporated flavours of Italy – pepperonata flavoured mousse with dehydrated tomatoes and risotto sprinklings Some thought the texture was off-putting, others thought the flavour was too intense. I thought it was delicious but certainly not as memorable as the other dishes we had been served.
I can think of very few foods that surpass the lamb shank in the comfort food race and Cube’s lamb shank is no exception. Deboned and cooked until it melts in your mouth, the lamb is sprinkled with Moroccan spices (the name of which I cannot spell and am too lazy to Google) and accompanied by parsnip puree and teeny tiny cubes of what I can only describe as pepper squash (texture of a butternut squash but kapow flavour of peppers). Now, I always brag that MY lamb shank is the best in the world, but between you and me, Cube’s is leaps and bounds better!
A spin on the family favorite cauliflower and cheese sauce left some of us cracking jokes and pulling faces. A cauliflower jelly was served with crispy pancetta and shavings of parmesan. Cauliflower is something you either love or hate so I knew there would be mixed reviews. I personally love it, but I even found the cold jelly slightly unappetizing. I did,however, adore the crispy pancetta and parmesan shavings. As pointed out by a fellow restauranteerer, perhaps if the jelly was served with parmesan crisps instead of shavings, the change in texture would have made the dish more appealing. A minor bump on an otherwise breathtaking road.
Ah, the braai. A South African staple we’re all familiar with… or are we? Cube’s take on this classic was refreshingly modern. Kudu fillet with lashings of beetroot foam, a medley of mushrooms and a strangely delicious, slightly sour puree (still not too sure what that was). Certainly not like any braai I’ve had before, but I’m all for the change. It was sensational. My personal 2nd placer for the night.
*ding ding ding*
A shorter round packed with more punch! We’ll need some time to recover
Round 3 is up next… stayed tuned.