First things first – Happy Friday my beautiful friends and followers!
Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to my first official event as a blogger (yippee yay yahoooooo): the Zomato foodie meetup at Beluga. I have to say a massive thank you to my friend Cameron for the invite and to the teams at both Zomato and Belugs for hosting such an awesome evening. It can’t be easy to take about 15 people from all different walks of life (ages, races, professions) and encourage them to hang out but it is easier when they all connect on the same level because of one thing: food. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – food brings people together and starts conversations, friendships and romances. YAY FOOD.
Seated in the suuuuuper cosy private room upstairs, we were treated to the three course Winter Tasting Menu at Beluga – just in time for these cold, cold nights! Anyone who knows me knows how much of a crisis it is for me to order food. I can NEVER decide what I want to eat and even when I have made a decision; 75% of the time I am never 100% confident in my choice. It is a real dilemma and last night a poor bunch of strangers had to deal with my indecision. I even had the national PR of the Caviar group sitting down and explaining the menu/recommending dishes. Three courses of pure indulgence and multiple options per course? TALK ABOUT FREAKING OUT.
After a lengthy deliberation (thank goodness I was with a bunch of foodies who know everything about anything culinary) and a lesson in the way Beluga prepares their food sous vide style; I made my decision.
**Ps sous vide is a method of cooking food that ensures each time anything is cooked it comes out exactly the same. The ingredients are all placed in an air-tight bag (sauces, spices included) which is then placed in a water-bath in a specially designed machine (and Beluga is the only restaurant in South Africa that has these machines). It is the most controlled environment for cooking and the results are dam delicious. Lesson over.
Ok, so here is my meal.
Bam bam roll sushi to start – they’re basically like inside out cucumber surrounded pieces of heaven. And they were deeeeeelish. Well OBVS – I was at Beluga after all. You can’t not have sushi at Beluga. What was also amaze was how friendly and willing to share tastes everyone was – so I got a little bit of everything. The springbok carpaccio is especially sensational.
Deboned Beef ribs for my main. Ok. Okay. Okayyyyyy. Did you read that correctly? Do your eyes deceive you? DEBONED RIBS? I don’t believe it. But it is true. My greatest food fear – meat on the bone – just got obliterated by the masterminds behind the Beluga menu. DE. BONED. RIBS. How this is even physically possible is beyond me but I’m not one to ask questions when all my worries melt away – the same way the meat melted away in my mouth. Good Lord that sounded sexual. Apologies. So yes, deboned ribs. Holy moer these were divine. Wow. Wow wow wow.
And then a cheeky cocktail ice lolly for dessert. Yes, a cocktail lolly. A frozen Blood Orange Cocount Mojito. Again the physics behind it elude me but whatevs it was an alcoholic ice cream stick. F**k you, science.
More than the food, we were also treated to specially brought in Elgin Ridge 282 Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – an organic wine that is fresh and fruity without being overwhelmingly sweet. I’m not going to say that I probably had a whole bottle over the course of dinner…. But I probably did. Here is a note on the palate for all you connoisseurs: Juicy fruit on entry. Spicy green melons with rich natural fruit sweetness on midpalate with a long citrusy finish. Haha, I love it when I sound this smart.
Luckily I was surrounded by like-minded individuals when it comes to food and its documentation so cameras were flashing away and plates were rearranged several times before anyone could tuck in. It was great knowing that no one was waiting for me to snap snap snap before eating.
I was really nervous to go to dinner with a bunch of strangers who know more about food than I do, but last night was absolutely fantastic and I loved how much we could talk about just because of this one common interest and passion. Thank you to everyone at Zomato and Beluga for organizing such a rad event and bringing us all together.
Everyone should head down to Beluga for this amazing deal: R185 for three courses of outstanding cuisine perfectly designed to keep you warm on these cold winter nights. SERIOUSLY, DO IT. DO IT NOW.
Here are a few pics of what went down last night.
I cannot thank the team behind this enough but I will try once more: Zomato you are bloody brilliant and everyone should download your app and take you with them wherever they go; and Beluga you are just the best at what you do so don’t stop baby.
Until next time xxx