Seasonal sharing: Warm flavours inspired by the Mediterranean from Chef Russell Armstrong and Social Kitchen & Bar

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Winter days are here, and while most South Africans head for hibernation to avoid the unfamiliar cold, Chef Russell Armstrong from Exclusive Books’ Social Kitchen & Bar in Hyde Park is dangling a Mediterranean-inspired carrot to entice you to leave the house with his Chef’s Selection for the season.

“This winter, we have been inspired by the comfort food that is synonymous with the warm waters around the Mediterranean – Spain, Morocco, Italy, the South of France, Greece, Turkey and the Middle East,” explains Chef Russell Armstrong.

The Chef’s Selection, priced at R420 for a five-course lunch menu or R580 for a seven-course dinner menu, is designed for two people. It serves up a mouth-watering selection of share-worthy plates. Fresh, simple dishes bursting with vibrant colour, texture and palate-pleasing flavours. This winter, hungry visitors to Social Kitchen & Bar can expect to start with falafels, turmeric cauliflower with artichokes, sultanas, moghrabieh (Israeli couscous); followed by Fishmonger’s choice with chermoula (Algerian pesto), smoked confit tomatoes and chickpeas; or lamb shank with couscous and spiced bean stew. For something sweet, try the Lebanese milk pudding with rosewater and sesame dentelle, or the ivory chocolate and halva parfait.

“The dishes will change depending on the availability of the ingredients, or the whim of the Chef,” Armstrong adds with a smile.

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 – upper level inside the Exclusive Books store.

Visit www.socialkitchenandbar.co.za.

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