The Cube Tasting Kitchen has a new home in Maboneng, at the Cosmopolitan Building. But even more interesting is The Cosmopolitan Bar by The Cube. Housed in a heritage building that dates back to the 1800s, The Cosmopolitan Bar is a more casual version of The Cube. The food is still sublime, but instead of The Cube‘s gastronomic exploration of ten courses, you get three wonderfully crafted courses in a charming restaurant. It is not a big place; there is just enough space to order and enjoy your pre or post-dinner drinks at its bar – restored from the original – and the night we were there, there were no more than ten tables. The whole set up makes for intimacy and combined with the open kitchen, where you can see Chef Dario and his team preparing your meal, it’s a foodie’s paradise.
For starters, it was the salt-cured pork for me – with pan seared green onion, olive caviar, roasted peppers, and crème fraîche flavoured with black pepper – served with flatbread. No words. Just the contented sighs of a happy diner. J had the smoked duck with confit potato, a mushroom “deliciousness” – their words, not mine – with parmesan, soy-soaked tomato, poached fennel, and pea shoots. Both were perfect, although I was more partial to my choice. Mains were the beef fillet, with potato rosti, truffle, roasted beetroot, sour cream, capers (yes, capers!) and rarebit. Fillet as you have never had it before, and all the flavors worked. My choice was the braised lamb, which was not as good as I had imagined it would be: it was with roast baby onion, pumpkin, tahini and gremolata with sesame. It was not nearly as flavoursome as the other dishes and the flavours of the dish tasted ‘separate’, with none of that wonderful melding of different textures and flavors of our other choices. Dessert was chocolate truffles with berries, quinoa and marzipan for J, and I went with the grilled mango, sprinkled with chilli (and it was a fine combination), candied ginger bits and a milk and honey ice cream. Perfect.
There a well-stocked wine cellar, where you are free to go and choose your wine, alternatively you can go with the wine pairing option. There is no corkage.
Another great start to the new year, with amazing food memories made. I cannot wait to try The Cube in its new premises. Make sure to make reservations for The Cosmopolitan Bar, it was full the night we were there. The Hazard Gallery is in the same building, so you can combine your evening with some art before your meal.
The Cosmopolitan Bar, 24 Albrecht Street, Maboneng.