The 2019 Shimmy Beach Club Winter Menu
At the start of every winter I look forward to heading to Shimmy Beach Club to try their latest winter menu. This year, there hasn’t really been much of a winter in Cape Town – obviously, as I’m sitting here typing away peeling off layer after layer down to normal summer wear, enjoying ice cold water and the warm sun. But this weather is even more perfect for Shimmy, as you can enjoy their beach vibes feel with the luxury of their winter menu. It’s the best of both worlds!
I joined Shimmy Beach Club as part of a media table, and got to sample a few of their dishes. In years gone by we always tried five mini portions, but this year we tried three slightly bigger portions, which I thought was much better as it gave me more of a taste of the whole dish – which enables me to give you guys a more accurate representation.
We started off with an Oyster Vichyssoise (R95) with a smoked oyster dumpling, which is something I’ve never had before. I’m still an oyster purist and would go for raw oysters every day, but this was actually a really interesting twist on an oyster dish that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The starters we tried included the Roasted Butternut Risotto with sautéed mushrooms, baby spinach, butternut puree, feta cream, and parmesan crisps (R85), the Pulled Beef Short Rib with a Cajun sweet potato stack, celeriac puree, celeriac chips and jus (R110), as well as the Leek & Gruyere Tart with a strawberry scarlet salsa and balsamic reduction (R70). I’m a carnivore of note, but surprisingly I really enjoyed the veggie dishes on this starter tasting plate, which is a rare thing.
The Main Game
For mains we had the Prawn & Chicken Curry with basmati rice, sambals, and a poppadum (R295), Wasabi Seared Norwegian Salmon with black sesame mash, teriyaki flash-fried vegetables and a miso and honey dressing (R185), and the Asian Braised Pork Belly with crackling, egg noddles, and spring onion (R155). I loved every single one of these dishes, and can honestly not pick a favourite. First I thought it would definitely be the curry, then I fell in love with the pork belly, and then I discovered the magic of black sesame mash with the salmon – so I’m torn. These are all great options.
For dessert, we enjoyed the Maple Bacon Flapjacks with Guinness ice cream and butterscotch sauce (R65), Milk Tart with orange segment marmalade (R55), and a Chocolate Fondant with salted caramel and chilli ice cream (R65). The flapjacks (I’d call them waffles) and fondant were a little too dry for my liking, but the milk tart was soft and creamy and heavenly.
Conclusions – And The Half Price Deal
Trying out the Shimmy Beach Club winter menu is definitely a good idea. May I suggest visiting them on Wednesdays, when you get 50% off food and drinks, all day and night? For more info on Shimmy Beach Club, see below.
Shimmy Beach Club
Address: 12 South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront
Call:+27 21 200 7778
Article Date: June 2019
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