Master chef does his very own thing

2011-09-02 10:28

Well-known Cape Town chef Roberto de Carvalho, who has worked at two of the city’s five-star hotels and is a member of the internationally renowned Chaine des Rotisseurs, has finally opened his own restaurant on the city’s famous Long Street.

But don’t expect fine dining here, as his Portuguese roots are well reflected in his cooking. This is robust food – well-priced, with flavour enrichment and generous portions.

The décor is very white, light and airy. A wall of ­glassed-in tree branches effectively screen the place. If you really have the urge, you can eat on the pavement in Long Street, but the interior is more inviting.

Among the starters you will find the most delicious prawn cakes – deep fried, filled with chunks of prawn meat and served with a spicy aioli mayonnaise. Go for their Azores cousins, bacalhau cookies, salty with the Atlantic brine preserving the cod.

Try the Bifanas, mini- pork sandwiches on Portuguese rolls, or the chunky melanzane, slices of deep fried aubergine wrapped with a chunky Napolitana sauce, then baked with mozzarella and parmesan.
If you are looking for a quick meal, try the never frozen fish and chips coated in crispy Castle lager batter with French fries, aioli, and a side salad for R60.

Carnivores are served with beef espetada, in two sizes, chunks of marinated beef on a hanging skewer, rubbed with coarse salt, bay leaf, and garlic butter, served with Portuguese flat bread.

Beef Trinchado is cubes of beef in a spicy white wine sauce served with pickled carrots and olives.
The piéce de resistance, however, is the Mediterranean style crayfish thermidor, also in two sizes, R130 for 300gm, and R250 for 600gm, served with roast vegetables and a side salad.

Among the desserts costing R40 each, you will find Port crème caramel served with berries, and a hot toffee apple pudding with Amarula custard and cream. The wine list is adequate.

»? Roberto’s is at 44 Long Street, Cape Town.

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