Eatsplorer sets the expectation of combing 2 amazing things: eating and exploring. This definitely satisfied the expectation on the delivery of Chef Lapo’s partnership with Eatsplorer.
Dining in the beautiful Granger Bay area, we were able to enjoy authentic Italian food showcasing the fresh and organic ingredients of the Oranjazicht Farmers Market.
It’s really not the same in a restaurant, granted any type of mainstream ethnic restaurant will serve customers “authentic” food of their designation. Eating fresh food prepared by Chef Lapo in front of your eyes has the appeal of a home cooked meal.
To start was a gazpacho with cream cheese, deep fried zucchini flower. The dish was an explosion of flavour because the unexpected pairing worked very well together. Chef Lapo made use of the Bulgarian tomatoes sold at the Farmers Market and they added a different dimension of flavour to the dish – the tomatoes weren’t sour or overly saturated with water as regular jam tomatoes.
Next was a true Italian classic: mushroom risotto. This risotto surpassed any that I had previously eaten (even in reputable Italian restaurants) because of the innate richness of the dish. Although I couldn’t eat half the meal because of the richness, the flavours were like a disco party on my tongue. The olive oil and the course sea salt attempted to balance out some of the butter in the risotto, it was definitely an Italian risotto in the true sense.
The main consisted of slow-cooked Karoo lamb with baked potato and green beans, from the market. The lamb was absolutely tender and cooked to perfection and taste and juices really soaked. My only complaint is that there wasn’t more of the meal!
Dessert was presented to us in the form of a slice of pie with ice cream. The berries and coffee balanced each other out well and the ice cream was the perfect compliment.
This dessert wasn’t anything fancy; it is what you would expect after lunch with your family at your mom or gran’s house. That was the epitome of the lunch: a family meal. It carried the atmosphere of a relaxed Sunday enjoying a meal with your family. The informal setting of the Farmers Market really contributed to this and Eatsplorer did not disappoint in giving us a glimpse of a true taste of home.
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18 Bellevliet Rd,
Tel No: 082 332 1366
Oranjezicht City Farm Market
V&A Waterfront. (next to The Lookout event venue).
Market Day is every Saturday from 08h30 – 14h00.
Tel No: Kurt (Farm) 083 508 1066 and Sheryl (Market) 083 628 3426
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Farm) or email@example.com (Market)
Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Lynelle Moodley