Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Pre-theatre Italian supper at The Cousins

Several years ago we discovered a small restaurant in Bree Street which served the best Gnocchi we had ever had locally and we went several times. Sadly, because of landlord problems, they had to close. Then we heard that they had opened in Barrack Street as Cousins. We have heard great reports and have been trying for a very long time to go. Last week, we got the chance as we were going to the Fugard Theatre to see Kunene and the King and needed an early supper. The play is superb, we highly recommend it. It was written by John Kani and stars him and another local lad, Sir Anthony Sher, who lives in the UK. They have just brought it from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon
Four of us sat at a table in the centre of the second room. It’s a friendly looking place with blackboard menus everywhere
We arrived at 6 and then the restaurant started to fill up
The printed menu features mainly Pasta and related dishes
A few Antipasti - might be tempted by the Involtini next time
and a few protein dishes
Special of the day. The Burrata sounds awesome with truffle. It is mushroom season so lots of porcini featuring
Fried bread pillows or Gnoccho Fritto from the Emilio Romagna region of Italy are served
Interesting but doughy, a bit like fried pasta pieces. It needs something flavourful to dip into, like a pesto or some good olive oil and balsamic. Traditionally you open them and fill them with charcuterie or cheese
The famous half Grana Padana cheese in which certain pastas are swirled before serving to coat them liberally with cheese
We drank a Nymphomane from La Vierge in the Hemel and Aarde valley which we had taken with us;
a Bordeaux blend that went very well with the food. Corkage is R60 a bottle
Gnocchi with lamb ragout. Very rich and filling and dusted liberally with grated cheese
Gnocchi with a gorgonzola cream and roasted pecan nuts. The sauce is delicious and the nuts add great texture and flavour
We each ate half of one and then swapped dishes, so that we could try both
The Gnocchi is good, light pillows of potato and flour
And for our vegetarian friends, a really impressive Ravioli Pomodorino;
very large Ravioli, stuffed with spinach and ricotta and served with roasted baby tomatoes, chilli and garlic
and lots and lots of grated cheese and pecan nuts. Definitely coming back for that, it tasted delicious
Time pressure meant we only had time for quick 'afters" John had a doppio espresso
and our friends both had Affogato al Cafe, a rich white truffle ice cream with a meringue topping
and a shot of Espresso to melt the ice cream
Our bill
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