It’s that time of the year again—where South Africa’s top restaurants will be celebrated at the Condè Nast House & Garden Gourmet Restaurant Awards 2018. This year’s awards are proudly sponsored by Waterfall Corner and Whirlpool.
The internationally acclaimed La Colombe, won the Condè Nast House & Garden Gourmet Award 2017 in the Best Tasting Menu category. The iconic restaurant recently underwent a major revamp. Not only does it boast a fresh new look, but renowned chef James Gaag, has taken over as executive chef. ‘I’m delighted to finally realise my dream of running La Colombe,' he said. My team and I are excited about this new and exciting chapter. We’ll be keeping some signature dishes on the menu and can’t wait to introduce everyone to the new dishes. I believe food should be delicious and inviting, and not overthought, overworked or overcomplicated.’
Try out chef James Gaag’s amazing passionfruit and mango cleanser recipe below:
Passionfruit and mango cleanser
2 sticks lemongrass
90g mango puree
300g orange juice
60g palm sugar
20ml strained passion fruit
Flambẻ sake until it doesn’t ignite
BEAT lemongrass with rolling pin
Chop lemongrass and peeled ginger
Add to sake with palm sugar, and simmer until reduced by half
Remove from heat the add orange juice, mango puree and passionfruit and leave overnight to infuse
Strain and use for service
120g triple sec
90g lemon juice
300g sugar syrup (150g water 150g sugar)
Dissolve sugar in water for simple syrup
Add triple sec, tequila, lemon juice and salt, heat through soya
Blend in the soya lecithin until a stable foam forms
Cut the tops of some passion fruits and scoop out the seeds and flesh. Freeze them overnight and use the serving vessel for the cocktail.
Buzz up the foam with a hand-held stick blender and scoop over the top of the cocktail.
Images: Andrea van der Spuy