22 Sep, 2016
While the sharing concept of tapas meals removes the dreadful dish-envy hazard, it does rear the ugly head of equitable portion consumption. A double-edged fork in my world and worsened when confronted by the conundrum of a menu like that of Chalk and Cork. So for example, the Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Beurre Noisette, Carrot and Puglia Ricotta is simply way too delicious to share. It would be rude to even take a half bite off the original orderer of this dish of sublimeness. Tricky but good tricky.
Chalk and Cork perches itself at one of the busiest intersections of Kloof Street. Eye candy is bountiful but nevertheless it’s garden setting achieves a relaxing and friendly focus on the business of eating and drinking. As before, you are supposed to share items from the extensive tapas menu but don’t feel that you have to…. Some highlights from a menu that changes all the time include Salt & Pepper Calamari with Sriracha Aioli and Grilled Lemon, Smoked Pork Belly, Carrot Purée, Brussel Sprouts and Fennel, Steak au Poivre with Potato Fondant and Madagascan Pepper Sauce or Gruyere & Baby Leaf Salad with Sunflower Seeds, Tomato and Onion. If you have a Barney moment, just order one of the wood-ovens pizzas to share and there will be no fights.
The wine list is at once interesting, quaffable, good value and takes a little step out of the ordinary. And you know that you are in good hands when the pavement billboard declares “Today’s Forecast: 99% chance of Wine”.
51 Kloof Street
+27 (0)21 422 5822
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