Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)

Fresh take on South African favourites

- SARENE KLOREN

VIGOUR and Verve’s kitchen is headed by Cape Town-born executive chef Marlene Makinson, who, with over 20 years in the industry has a wealth of knowledge and brings passion and an infectious laugh into the kitchen.

She worked with chef Bertus Basson on the conceptual­isation of the menu and guests can expect a variety of South African favourites.

Braaibrood­jies, traditiona­l Cape Malay lamb bobotie, pickled fish served with mosbolletj­ie bread, wood-fired peri peri chicken and boerie rolls all make an appearance.

There is even a selection of shisa nyama with flavours of ekasi – licked by fire, kissed by smoke, and prepared with the restaurant’s own braai spice.

A choice of signature mini pizzas includes a Magrietjie (an SA take on the classic Margarita, with a sweet chilli flavour), Karoo (pulled lamb, olives and chilli) and wood-fired peri-peri chicken with pineapple salsa.

The bite-sized pizzas were crispy and light with the perfect amount of spices and flavours.

The fresh battered hake served with hand-cut chips, fennel salt and tartar sauce was my favourite. Deep fried, traditiona­l style with crispy batter, the fish was so fresh you could almost smell the ocean.

Our shisa nyama choice was the quintessen­tial lamb saddle chop served with ovenroaste­d vegetables – juicy and flavoursom­e.

Other options include rump, lamb chops and boerewors served with a selection of sides such as pap, chakalaka, creamed spinach and soet pampoen.

Dessert was decadent moist chocolate cake with hazelnut praline and caramel salted ice cream – the perfect end to the meal.

A harvest table in the centre of the restaurant offers a selection of cakes, desserts and pastries, while an ice cream and sorbet counter adds an extra special treat.

For those looking for something else, waffles with maple syrup, chocolate sauce, assorted sweet toppings, ice cream or cream are also available.

and Verve is on the ground floor of Tsogo Sun’s SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl, on the corner of Strand and Bree streets. Book on 021 492 9999.

 ??  ?? Hake and chips so fresh you can almost smell the ocean.
Picture: Sarene kloren
Hake and chips so fresh you can almost smell the ocean. Picture: Sarene kloren

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