Guys! I ate pigeon for the first time. Like real pigeon, the coo coo kind. I know that they eat pigeon in the UK, but I have never come across it in SA before. That all changed when I experienced the 3 course Christmas menu at Coobs in Parkhurst. Every week until 21 December , Chef James is offering up his unique interpretation of a Christmas feast based on ingredients he has available at his family farm.
You may not know exactly what will be on the menu the day you book for, but it will, without a doubt, be an elegantly plated 3 course taste-bud adventure.
The menu we got to experience, consisted of the aforementioned pigeon pie, a gorgeously cooked pork belly, complete with a side of crackling, and for dessert, an Eggnog Cheesecake.
The mini pigeon pie had a fantastically crisp pastry, and the pigeon filling was a bit like the dark meat of a chicken. I found the filling a bit dry, but when paired with the black cherry compote, it was delicious.
Pork belly is something some restaurants struggle with. A number of times I have eaten it, the fat hasn’t rendered properly and you are left with a chewy flobby mess. This was not the case with the sticky pork belly at Coobs. Beautifully cooked, melt in your mouth tender. The intense richness of the pork was perfectly paired with the accompanying pumpkin purée and crispy potatoes.
I wouldn’t exactly describe the dessert as a cheesecake, it was more of a boozy mousse on top of a biscuit crumble, alone the flavour was a bit too strong, but when paired with the sweet ice cream and meringue it was the perfect way to end the meal.
Chef James is a hilarious guy who is fuelled by red bull and yogi sip, and visiting one of his restaurants should definitely be on your list for summer. (He also owns The National in Parktown North.)
The 3 course meal will set you back R300 per person (R425 with a wine pairing) and is a fantastic way to celebrate the end of the year with a couple of your closest friends.
To book, you can call +27 11 447 0710. The restaurant is closed on Mondays, and you can book a Christmas meal for either Lunch or Dinner.
You can also read about Kate’s experience on her blog – http://indikate.net/2015/11/celebrating-christmas-at-coobs/
Disclaimer: I was invited to enjoy Christmas at Coobs as a guest of the restaurant. All thoughts and views expressed are my own.