On Friday I was invited experience the new prix fixe lunch menu at The Shortmarket Club and unsurprisingly I was very impressed. Starting from now, and carrying on through winterer, Wesley Randles and his team will be dishing up an adventurous three-course menu offering a pair of options per course. Dishes will change frequently and will be hearty bistro fare with touches of flare and sophistication.
You can expect dishes such as hearty oxtail ragu paired with ‘fennel three ways’ to local line fish, perfectly grilled and plated with a coconut masala cream with fresh lime and curry leaf. Baji Scotched Egg with spiced lamb farce, ginger tahini and green mango atchar, or a roti filled with slow-roasted goat shoulder caramelized with spicy preserved fig harissa, roasted garlic, and goat’s milk ricotta. For dessert choose between a Mozzarella and lavender crème brûlée, and a generous cheese course.
Check out my pics to get an idea of what you can expect. The Shortmarket Club also has a stylish bubbly and oyster trolley which is loaded with shucked oysters that can be dressed to your preference and I can highly recommend their delicious tiger’s milk. Glasses of bubbly and gin & tonics are at the ready to kick start your special lunch.
The prix fixe menus will be paired with a handful of maverick SAwartland Independent wine producers who will be showcasing something special from their cellars. This is a unique opportunity to taste wines you wouldn’t find on any other wine list. Each month a new winemaker from the region will put their own stamp on the menu, pairing a carafe of wine from their cellar with Randles’ winter-friendly food.
First up, and until the end of July, is the talented young winemaker Jasper Wickens, assistant winemaker at AA Badenhorst Family Wines, who brings his unique unfiltered wines from his acclaimed Swerwer range to The Shortmarket Club carafes. If you’re a fan of Jasper, then the The Shortmarket Club is one of the first restaurants to list his just-released Swerwer Red 2016, a blend of Grenache, Cinsaut and Tinta Barocca as well as his Swerwer White 2016, a Chenin blanc. August features Ryan Mostert of Silvervis and Terracura Wines followed in September by Tremanye Smith of Blacksmith Wines.
The three-course prix fixe menu at The Shortmarket Club is priced at R360/R280 per person, including/excluding a carafe of wine from the month’s featured winemaker. Available at lunchtime only, Monday to Saturday, until 30 September 2017.
The Shortmarket Club is located at 88 Shortmarket Street and is open for lunch and dinner daily (closed Sundays) and breakfast on Fridays and Saturdays.
Bookings should be made online via their website: www.theshortmarketclub.co.za, however, tables can also be reserved telephonically on (27) (21) 447 2874.
PS – I’ve started an Instagram page called @EatingCapeTown where I will be showcasing delicious dishes in restaurants around the city.
Fridays menu (and pictured below)
Springbok carpaccio, celeriac goat labneh, za’tar, crushed olives & pistachio, tabouleh, olive oil roasted bread with rosemary
Tha pasta dish, Oxtail ragu, fennel three ways, burnt butter, egg yolk & Parmesan
Local sustainable grilled fish, Cape Malay curry sauce with fresh lime leaf, slow roasted spiced carrot, peanuts cooked in fresh betel & curry leaf
Lavender and Mozzarella creme brulee smoked on oak (with warmed honey)
Persimmon & rhubarb crumble, wholewheat rusk & shortbread crumble, brandy custard and tonka bean ice cream with amasi
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