Primal is situated on Gardens and has a lovely setting, with plenty of space for lounging on outside terrace on those scorching summer day when you don’t feel like braving the traffic, as well as cosy bar area where you can catch up with friends, enjoy a sundowner or grab something to eat. The venue is trendy but not overstated.
I’d hear so much about this venue and couldn’t wait to take advantage of the fare on offer during restaurant week. There was a good array of choices to be made as the menu was both varied and interesting with a Greek twist.
Set 3-course menu R350.00pp
Line fish ceviche
Smoked avocado, textures of corn, black beans with ancho tigers milk
Flaming saganaki – Kefalotiri cheese flambéed with brandy served with roasted bread
Duck livers – cooked in harissa, burnt onion, Labnah and Fire toasted bread
Grilled, cauliflower and coconut puree, curried cauliflower,Lemon atchar and cashew
Lamb shoulder “Greek style” – Lamb rib, aubergine and lentils
Beef fillet – 35-day aged, served with textures of onion and truffle mustard
Includes your choice of a side and sauce
Sirloin – 300g 35-day aged, served with textures of onion and Truffle mustard. Includes your choice of a side and sauce
SIDES & SAUCES
Chips with oregano and smoked paprika
Baby leaf salad with wood roasted carrots,
Smoked butternut, radish and tamarind dressing
Peppercorn and lemon thyme sauce
Deep fried Oreos – Braaied marshmallow ice cream, peanut butter and strawberry jelly
Roasted Naartjie cheesecake – Amaretto jellies, honeycomb and kataif
Starters consisted of:
Line fish Ceviche, smoked avocado, textures of corn, black beans and anchos tigers milk
Then there was the Greek inspired Flaming Saganaki which is basically pan fried kefalotiri cheese flambéed with brandy and served with roasted bread. What’s not to love about fried cheese was yummy.
My favourite was the duck livers cooked in Harissa, burnt onion Labnah and fire toasted bread.
The main course:
There was the option of line fish with cauliflower and coconut puree, curried cauliflower, cashews and lemon atchar.
Greek style lamb shoulder with aubergine and lentils. This was really nice, I’m not a lover of aubergines but I enjoyed how this dish was put together. The lamb was soft, tasty and meaty. The portion was generous so be prepared.
Next was the 35-day aged 300g Sirloin served with onion and truffle mustard and a choice of sides. If I’m honest this course was a let-down for me, if only that it seemed somewhat pedestrian in comparison to the other dishes on offer. It was well prepared and seasoned but lacked some of the complexity and flare that the other dishes possessed.
Undoubtedly the star of the show was the 35 day aged Beef Fillet, the best I have had to date. It was soft, tender and buttery and quite literally melts in your mouth good. I would come back for this dish in a heartbeat. It is a must have when visiting. Also served with truffle mustard and a choice of sides.
The first dessert on offer was the deep fried Oreos, braaied marshmallow ice cream, peanut butter and strawberry jelly. The Americans believe that everything tastes better deep fried, personally I’m not so sure about that. Our table was somewhat divided around the deep fried Oreo cookies.
I really enjoyed Primal as there was something for everyone and the quality of the meat was really outstanding. And if you are anything like me, you will relish the fact that there were no kiddies seats, crayons or sparklers to be seen anywhere.
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50 New Church St,
Tel: 021 422 3232
Sun – Mon / Closed, Tues – Sat / 06:00pm – 12:00am
Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse