Kitima at the Kronendal – Mario Arendse

I have wanted to go to this Kitima at Kronendal  for some time, and I was delighted when I had the opportunity to have an early dinner there on a scorching Saturday afternoon. I love Asian cuisine so this was to be a real treat, especially since I had heard so much about Kitima.

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To say the menu is extensive would really be an understatement; there are tons of options to choose from. We were  a group of approximately 10 for dinner and there was something to cater for every taste.

IMG_1270The venue is stylish and elegant, although I did feel that the ventilation was poor and quite unpleasant in the area we sat, despite the introduction of fans.

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Appetizers

The Kitima starter platter that consisted of 2 salmon roses, 2 prawn toast, 2 chicken satay and 2 vegetable spring rolls

Duck spring rolls, filled with crispy duck, spring onions and carrots served with our homemade duck sauce.

Geaw Za which is dumplings filled with minced pork garlic and ginger

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Chicken satay, grilled chicken marinated in coconut milk served with a peanut sauce

Ka Num Jeeb Gai, dumplings filled with marinated chicken, coriander and ginger.

Vegetable Gau which is dumplings filled with carrots shiitake mushrooms, baby corn,

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Mains

Salmon Panang, Norwegian Salmon fillets and poached pears in a mild and creamy red Panang curry sauce.

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Nasi Goreng, which was delicious and very tasty. It’s comprised of wok fried rice with prawns, pak choi, grilled banana and sweet marinated satay served with a fried egg.

Chicken Chow Mein, which is always a favourite. Egg noodles with chicken and mixed seasonal veggies with shiitake mushrooms and bean sprouts.

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Phad Thai, my all-time favourite dish. I lived on this dish during my stay in Thailand, done correctly this dish is fantastic. Wok fried rice noodles with chicken spring onions tofu, sweet radish, crushed peanuts and tamarind sauce served in a classic Thai omelette.

Kitima’ s Chicken Basket, wok fried chicken fillets with cashew nuts, mushrooms, onions, carrots and water chestnuts in a crispy potato basket.

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Chicken Mkhani, for those interested in aromatic curry flavours. This dish was comprised of chicken thighs in Indian spices, cashews and coconut with a homemade roti, raita and a banana atchar and tomato sambal.

Then there was the Sushi, Prawn Roof (Salmon and avocado California roll with tempura prawns in a miso dressing, Spicy Tuna Temaki, Rainbow roll maki

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Sal La Pao Nuea, dumplings filled with spicy beef, mushrooms, coriander, ginger and garlic.

Crispy Duck, deboned and sliced with stir fried vegetable in an oyster sauce; this portion was massive and could easily be shared by 3.

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Dessert

Needless to say, at this point we were all to stuffed to even think about desserts but there were a few brave souls who were adventurous.

Kitima mess, berries sesame brittle, burnt honey, yoghurt &thyme ice cream, meringue

Sorbet of the day.

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Overall the food was fantastic and if you enjoy Asian food, then Kitima should be on your to-do-list. The venue was packed as we left, which is clearly an indication of its popularity. They also do a buffet for Sunday lunch which is inclusive of Sushi; I’ve been told it’s quite extensive.

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This experience was somewhat dampened by the poor ventilation and the automatic gratuity charged. I’ve been vocal about my dissatisfaction for this practice as there is an automatic assumption that the service received was world class, which it most certainly was not.

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Restaurant Info:

Kitima at Kronendal

Kronendal Estate,

140 Main Road

Hout Bay,

 Cape Town

 Tel No: 021 790 8004/6

Email: reservation@kitima.co.za

Tuesdays – Thursdays: 17:00 – 01:00

Kitchen Hours: 17:30 – 22:30

Fridays & Saturdays: 17:00 – 02:00

Kitchen Hours: 17:30 – 23:00

Sundays: 12:00 – 16:00 (Buffet Only)

Kitchen Hours: 12:00 – 15:30 (Buffet Only)

 Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen

 

 

 

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