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South African Dining at Karibu Restaurant

South African Dining at Karibu Restaurant

20 October 2013

Besides my love for fashion, I also have a passion for food and recently myself and Ritza went to one of my new favourite restaurants with traditional South African cuisine served with a gourmet twist at Karibu Restaurant situated at the V&A Waterfront.

Karibu Restaurant Cape Town

Karibu Restaurant has a very welcoming South African feel to it with traditional African music, stylish decor, an amazing display of wines and of course a beautiful menu with truely South African fine dining dishes. 

Karibu Restaurant Cape Town

On arrival we were received a very warm welcome by the Executive Chef himself, Jamie Rowntree who made us feel right at home and gave us some insight on Karibu and it's cuisine. Jamie explained to us that Karibu is unique in being a proudly South African restaurant and not a African Restaurant as there are enough African restaurants in our country.

Karibu Restaurant Cape Town

What I loved about our food review at Karibu Restaurant was the fact that we got to experience a little bit of everything in terms of their signature dishes. Chef Jamie created special platters for us with their most popular and unique dishes and to compliment this gourmet experience, we even had our own sommelier who paired incredible wines with each course and dish.

To cleanse the palette, we were treated to a glass of Graham Beck Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut and it was the perfect start to a glamorous gourmet night.

Karibu Restaurant Cape Town

Karibu Restaurant Cape Town

For starters we were treated to an incredible variety of dishes including a duo of camembert and brie with black and white sesame seeds and a berry compote, springbok carpaccio with blue berry reduction, a trio of briouts which is beef, chicken and vegetable samoosas, biltong and blue cheese pate (which was Ritza's personal favourite) served with crostini, Jamie's pickled fish and something I have never tried before, crocodile carpaccio. All of these dishes are highly recommended and were absolutely delicious!

Karibu Restaurant Cape Town

For mains we asked Chef Jamie to serve us Karibu's signature dishes and I had the Ostrich Fillet grilled to perfection and served with sweet onion marmalade, putu pap and chakalaka. The combination of the steak, the sweetness of the onion and spicy chakalaka worked together beautifully and is definitely a dish you should try if you visit Karibu restaurant. The wines paired with this dish were Beyerskloof Pinotage Reserved 2011 or Graham Beck's Railroad Red 2010 and both are great combinations with this dish.

Karibu Restaurant Cape Town

Karibu Restaurant Cape Town  

Ritza had the Franschoek Trout crusted in black pepper, seared and served rare with a creamy leek sauce. This is the perfect dish for Summer as it is light but still deliciously rich in flavour and if you have this I highly recommend that you pair it with Springfield's Chardonnay - it brings out the flavours perfectly and just completes the dish.

Karibu Restaurant Cape Town

Karibu Restaurant Cape Town

I am sure most of you are looking forward to this part of the review most - dessert! Dessert was a platter from sweet South African heaven with koeksisters, milktart, Hertzoggies with an apricot jam and coconut filling, death by chocolate brownies (probably the best I have ever had!), chocolate truffles, Cape Brandy Pudding and my personal favourite and the most unique of them all, Amarula Ganache served in a chocolate "potjie". The dessert wine paired with our sweet platter was Rietvallei Muscadel 1908 and it was literally the cherry on top of an incredible dining experience.

 Karibu Restaurant Cape Town

Karibu Restaurant Cape Town

Karibu Restaurant Cape Town

Our entire experience at Karibu Restaurant from the ambience, the service and of course the food was incredible and I would highly recommend that if you want to treat yourself or if you are showing others around Cape Town, that you visit Karibu for a gourmet experience that will definitely be memorable. Thank you to Karibu and Chef Jamie for having us and we will definitely be back!

Elrico Bellingan

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