Joburg really tastes good

2009-10-02 12:58

IT STARTED off in Japan with a plate of salmon rose sushi. I

confess I am not a sushi fundi, in fact, the idea of eating raw fish,


I like my meat, chicken and fish dead, thank you.

But my partner and complete sushi fiend was in ecstasy – not just

over the freshness of the salmon but also the pickled ginger – not the usual

pink variety.

This ginger comes with no added colourant and the soya sauce,

delightfully light, is imported from Japan.

Japanese restaurant, Yamato, owner Cristina Sato is proud to tell

all that her mother makes the ginger herself and adds no colourants to it.

Sato’s mother and brother are proud owners of 16 Japanese

restaurants and a new establishment Fino, which offers Spanish cuisine. A

Japanese chef venturing into Spanish cuisine? That’s a new.

Sato said that she spent some of her teen years in South America

where she learned the delights of Spanish cuisine.

Yours truly then moved on to India and was floored by a plate of

masala fried prawns with a tamarind dip, courtesy of Zahra Karmali.

Karmali, owner of the popular Indian restaurant chain Karma,

arrived in South Africa from Kenya to visit her sister nine years ago and has

since decided to stay on.

Her restaurants have received rave reviews and it is clear from the

dishes on offer, exactly why.

I obviously though that things couldn’t get any better until I was

coaxed into Italy. Chef Andrew Atkinson of Piccolo Mondo Restaurant at the

Michelangelo Hotel nearly had me in tears with his truffle, riccotta cheese and

wild mushroom ravioli.

My tastebuds were screaming for more and so much more was on offer

at the Taste of Joburg, showcasing 16 of the City of Joburg’s top chefs. Each

chef showcases three of their signature dishes.

That is if you plan to be part of this, take this warning with you.

Have lots of cash because the food is decidedly moreish.

Taste of Joburg started on Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

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