Colombian Citrus Tomatoes
Shebeen Restaurant, Edinburgh - Wednesday 16th July 2014
A table for 9 was booked and we were a little disappointed that we had to give our order 24 hours in advance. In true food club fashion however, we examined the menu and made our choices. Then we played the waiting game.
We climbed the colourful staircase and entered the African themed room and took our seats, preparing for a meat fuelled extravaganza. As is tradition, the evening started with some refreshments. Ice cold Windhoek lager was served and very much enjoyed.
The waitress confirmed our pre-order and unfortunately there was an error – lamb instead of beef and as it was pre ordered this couldn’t be changed – Although the fault was probably at our end, this could have been avoided without the pre order but we battled on with another round of Namibia’s finest brew.
The starters arrived and the proportions were of delightful stature. I shared the Fanagalo with a fellow critic and when it comes in a bucket, you know you’ve made the right choice. Packed with a selection of Ribs, Meatballs, Sausage, Pork Belly & Beef Sosaties – Deliciously filling. Calamari was also a good choice, pleasingly fresh with a crispy batter and accompanied by a generous helping of garlic mayonnaise. A Beef Sosatie was devoured with a sweet relish which mingled perfectly and lamb Samosa – Soft, crispy and interesting to taste South Africa’s take on this world wide favourite.
Another round of Windhoek and a well timed rest before starting our main courses. The majority went for Steaks and you had a choice of size between a Cheetah (small) and Lion (Large). Being manly men obviously we all opted for lion. Succulent Steaks served on a large chopping board and partnered with a side salad, grilled mushroom, chunky chips (suspiciously like Potato wedges) and crispy onion rings. As the size of the steak suggests we ripped into the meat like Lions on the African plains. Fantastic food, extremely filling and very tasty. The Mixed grill was ordered which consisted of a mouth watering lamb chop, mini rump, homemade sausage & a fried egg. The final main to arrive was the Bunny Chow with lamb instead of beef. Although not what was pre-ordered it was still a great dish. Soft lamb in a beautiful Durban curry served in a hollowed bread for a satisfying belly filling experience.
Feeling rather plump and full of meat and beer we did the right thing… Throw in the towel…. NOPE! Another round of Windhoek and the dessert menu please.
The Capetonian Crumble came piping hot and full of exquisite fruits and crumbling crumble. Served with a vanillia ice cream complimenting the dish perfectly. A refreshingly refreshing Peppermint Crisp Torte delighted the pallet and was a heavenly end to filling meal. The majority of us selected the delightfully named Melktert. A sweet pastry filled with a creamy, almost porridge like filling. It was heavy yet heavenly and was supported by a small yellow Tomato. After discussions with waitress, we were advised it wasn’t actually a Tomato but we all know it was and aptly named it “The Colombian Citrus Tomato”.
Another great night and very much enjoyed – We were probably the loudest in the place so apologies but we like to create a vibrant ambiance wherever we go. Good value and good service.
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