KAREN RUTTER reports
Cape Town being the fickle weather lady that she is, the sun was shining extremely brightly on the day that the Shimmy Beach Club launched their Winter Menu. The Waterfront-based venue, which has its own little beach, was baking in the heat – there were even a couple of tourists tanning by the sparkly infinity pool.
But it didn’t matter when it came to tasting the new line-up prepared by Shimmy Executive Chef Adrian Cook. While the food will clearly provide some serious comfort during the cold winter months, it didn’t prove at all difficult to enjoy on a summer-ish afternoon. Carefully paired with a selection of wines from Bloemendal Wine Estate, each item on the menu went down a treat.
We – a long table of media foodies – were treated to tasting plates of all the starters, mains and desserts that feature on the Winter Menu. Basically, little mini-me versions of the real portions you would get when normally ordering. If one didn’t eat certain food items (red meat, seafood etc), then alternatives were provided, which were pretty darn delicious as well.
In the mood
To get us in the mood, glasses of chilled virgin mojitos and warm gluwein were circulated, along with a generous Dim Sum selection (which is a general part of the Shimmy menu, along with sushi and pizza). And then we started with the starters …
Communal bowls of fresh local black mussels, accompanied by garlic and herb focaccia, were dotted along the table, while we each got a plate of baby bites, including potato gnocchi with truffled cauliflower puree, ratatouille tart, and venison and leak ragout. My fave? Definitely the gnocchi, paired with a creamy Bloemendal Chardonnay 2014. It was like eating little blobs of happiness.
On to the mains, which were paired with a selection of Bloemendal reds. The red lentil vegetarian burger with a yoghurt and dill dressing was a little heavy, to be honest, but the light puff pastry surrounding the chicken and mushroom pot pie was deliciously fluffy. Other portions included a barbeque pulled pork belly burger and biltong encrusted ostrich fillet, while the sesame encrusted Norwegian salmon was soft and buttery. Of the reds, the Bloemendal Merlot 2015 went down extremely easily …
Other options not tasted but on the menu include baby Patagonian calamari and beer battered fish and chips, which sound just fine.
On to dessert, of which the chai and matcha crème brulee was unusual and more-ish, a very nice take on the usual taste. There’s also a pecan nut, apricot bread and butter toasted sandwich (a real comfort treat), and baked pear pudding with pistachio nut ice cream, amongst other choices.
Starters vary between R55 and R95, mains between R95 and R850 (a seafood platter for two with all the trimmings), and desserts between R65 and R95.
In all, a fine selection of taste sensations in a great setting – whether the sun is shining, or it’s all cosy with the rain beating down (when it eventually comes) …
What: Shimmy Beach Club Winter Menu
Where: South Arm Road, V & A Waterfront
Book: 021 200 7778 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Shimmy Beach Club Winter Specials:
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 11 am – 11pm
Details: 50% will be deducted from the entire bill every Tuesday
Date: Every Friday
Time: 18:00 – 23:00
Cost: R 250 for groups of 4 or more
Details: Each week there will be an exciting flavoursome menu to choose from