What flavour combinations best celebrate the last of Summer 2017? Chef Russell Armstrong, from Social Kitchen and Bar in Johannesburg uses his latest Chef’s Selection to highlight some of the best seasonal taste combinations.
South Africa’s Summer is all about long sunny days, and fresh eating – even as we approach Autumn. Searching for the right flavour combinations to not only please your palate and rumbling tummy, but also your wallet, can be difficult. Social Kitchen and Bar’s Chef Russell Armstrong has put together a delightful seasonally-inspired sharing menu for this the changing season that is light, tasty and satisfying.
The Chef’s Selection, priced at R480 for a five course lunch menu or R580 for a seven-course dinner menu, is designed for two people. It serves up seven share-worthy plates. Fresh, simple dishes bursting with vibrant colour, texture and palate-pleasing flavours.
Russell’s philosophy when it comes to food is to combine beautiful flavours using skilled technique to deliver the best meals.
I love to cook simple food, because that’s what I enjoy eating. When I cook for my family and friends in Australia, it’s always simple dishes – gnocchi, risotto or pasta. These are dishes I’d like everyone to try, and share.
Chef Russell Armstrong
The lunch and dinner menus are similar, just differing in the number of courses, and will change regularly. Each feature a simmering combination of fresh flavours, international flavours and simple combinations of ingredients.
The latest seven course-dinner menu starts with Gozleme – a Middle Eastern pastry filled with baked potato, wilted spinach and cheese. Two small plates of Caprese with prosciutto, and a quinoa salad are followed by… more small plates with tandoori quail, cucumber-chilli-salsa and Eastern-spiced cream. From the Josper comes either an organic lamb rump with goat’s cheese gnocchi, lemon and anchovies; or a grilled lemon spatchcock chicken and backed yogurt sauce and root vegetables. Lastly, a savoury gorgonzola and truffle panacotta with pear gel is followed by something sweet.
“The menu really has something for everyone” says Armstrong. “And the dishes evolve regularly based on availability of the ingredients, or the whim of the Chef.”
Social Kitchen & Bar is Johannesburg’s best restaurant to share conversations and hand-crafted food. It completes the epicurean adventure with simple food, inspired cocktails and a breath-taking view.
Social Kitchen & Bar can be found in Hyde Park Corner – level six, inside the Exclusive books store.
Photograph credit: Aart Verrips