Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Lunch with the Twelve Apostles' new sushi menu

The Twelve Apostles Hotel at Oudekraal now has a sushi menu and we were invited to have lunch and enjoy some of the sushi last week. It is in the lovely, summery Café Grill restaurant on the second floor
Chatting to an old friend, the Twelve Apostles' Head Sommelier Greg Mutambe
The menu of Sushi by 12A
We were given a bottle of the Blanc de Mer from Bouchard Finlayson, which always goes so well with seafood of any sort and it is indeed an excellent match for sushi. The Tollmans, who own the Twelve Apostles and the Carnation Hotel group, also own Bouchard Finlayson wine estate in the Hemel and Aarde
Love the impact of the place setting which echoes the blues of the decor
Our first course was the Chef’s selection of Sashimi, R195, and we were not disappointed. Some yellowtail (the white fish bottom left), two cuts of salmon; the one in the middle is the fatty belly salmon, next to it is the darker salmon, a smaller cut dressed with spring onion, daikon radish and some fine green chilli slices. Below it is the tuna, just seared on the outside and at the top of the plate large pink slices of tuna. The quality of the salmon and the tuna were superb and the sashimi is served on ice
Sushi Chef Sarawut Sukkowplang is from Thailand, so some of the sushi has Thai hints
You can examine the ingredients before you order, they are all on show
Restaurant Manager Gina Abrahams really took care of us and was very friendly and helpful
John decided we needed to try the Tuna Tataki and Lynne dug in before he had a chance to photograph it! Ooops. it happens to both of us. It comes finely chopped and formed into a beautifully presented cake topped with salmon roe, daikon, radish and some slivers of chilli. This is a Tuna Tartare mixed with wasabi and a ginger, soy, citrus sauce
Next we ordered the Futomaki. This is a super thick sushi roll with the nori outside, loaded with salmon, tuna, and avocado, then dipped in Tempura batter and deep fried. The roll takes at least three bites and puts one in danger of dripping sauce down one’s front, but it is worth risking as long as you have a napkin close by. But it was very good. Dressed with a sticky Teriyaki sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger. The rice used is more Thai than Japanese in texture.
Finally, we thought we would test their Tempura prawns and were surprised to see that they are then wrapped in a spicy mayonnaise, wrapped in nori and then rice and served as a sushi roll. Good sweet prawns and asparagus spears; the rice takes away the crispness of the tempura. Served with wasabi and pickled ginger. An interesting way to serve the prawns, we enjoyed them
An unexpected treat was brought to us by Gina Abrahams, a small plate of petit fours. Tiny macarons, dense chocolate ganache truffles and blocks of soft cream fudge served with fruit purée and gels. A lovely way to end a good meal
John enjoyed a good double espresso before we departed. Thank you so much for inviting us to the Twelve Apostles. We may well return to sample more sushi with friends
The outside area of the restaurant is next to the rock fountains and has lovely views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range. It was a little windy and chilly that day or we would have sat outside for lunch
A most beautiful mural of our local flora made of mosaic tiles and ceramics in relief hangs on the wall

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