Who knew that one could pair beer with food, as you do with wine? Not me until a few nights ago. That Brewing Co. and the recently launched Big Easy Durban Restaurant (Located at the Durban Hilton Hotel) teamed up to showcase the possibilities of matching food and beer and we were graciously invited to try it out. That Brewing Co. is a now familiar institution with Durbanites. It’s based at S43 (Number 43 Station Road, where the brewery is located in an open setting) and served at Unity Bar and, most recently, the Big Easy. The event was held in a private dining room of the Big Easy restaurant where we were talked through each pairing by the Big Easy Sous Chef, and That Brewing Co. Brewmaster, Paul Ten Hoorn Boer. It was certainly a learning experience, where our palates were taught the difference between the bitterness of American Pale Ales (aka APA’s), the smoothness of Red Ales, the creaminess of Stouts and how these match with the different courses offered.
The night started off with tasty bruschetta canapés matched with That Red. The smoothness and easy drinking nature of this Ale made a perfect match with the light pre-starter. We were soon seated and presented with the starter, smoked trout salad, beer pickled black mussels and smoked snoek springrolls , matched with That Blonde. The lightness of the seafood was again perfectly matched with the subtle lager like notes of That Blonde. The food itself was tasty and presented in a manner which reminded me of a late stage Masterchef episode. Paul, chatted to us about the brewing process and how this amazing journey started for him.
Our second course consisted of three beautifully presented pap based aranchini’s. The oxtail filling was a particular highlight and went perfectly with the stywe pap surround. The beer accompanying this dish was That Good Adweis which, in my experience is a love or hate beer. I must admit that I have never tried Paul’s Weis as it’s not a brew type that I enjoy. I can, however, honestly say that it was an enjoyable first experience! The beer is less about wheat and more about fresh flavours. Some at the table commented that this was their favourite so far.
The third and main course was a masala roasted Karoo lamb accompanied by a cashew curry cream sauce. The meal was a good size though some portions looked fattier than others. The lamb was cook perfectly and the masala was a subtle taste carried through in each bite taken. The curry sauce was a highlight and matched perfectly with the lamb. Our accompanying beer was the That APA. A distinct tasting brew which, judging from the responses that night, is sweet tasting to the ladies and bitter to the men. I thought the Stout may have been a better choice for such a hearty meal but I still enjoyed the APA.
We finished off with what had to be the best tasting chocolate cheesecake I’ve ever tasted (and I’m not cheesecake mad at the best of times). This dish’s presentation was also the best of the night. I could have also eaten an entire bowl of the accompanying cardamom orange mousse. That Black accompanied the dessert, it was not a bad match and the sweetness of the cheesecake almost ‘smoothed out’ the strong stout while the coffee tones of the stout complimented the flavours in the dessert.
Overall the night was a big success and we thoroughly enjoyed the friendly and open nature of those involved in making the cogs turn at The Big Easy. The restaurant itself is carefully set out to give the diner a sense of privacy without the feeling of detachment. The bar and lounge area looks to be the perfect spot to enjoy an after work beer or a starter apéritif before you settle down to dinner. I will definitely be back and look forward to trying out the peri peri baby chicken and some of the other deserts that are offered at the Big Easy Restaurant and of course be visiting S43 for some more of THAT beer!
Some useful info.
The Big Easy website: www.thebigeasyrestaurant.co.za
That Brewing Co. Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1QTgCDe
Diarise these Oyster Box events in December
Diarise these Oyster Box events for the month of December.
DINNER AND A MOVIE 2nd December
It’s date night at The Oyster Box! Start your evening with a two-course dinner in the Ocean Terrace at 18h00, followed by a movie with popcorn and a glass
of sparkling wine in the cinema at 20h00.
18h00 in The Ocean Terrace I 20h00 in The Cinema I Price: R590 per person
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 14th & 15th December
A time of tradition and family, Christmas Carols on the Ocean Terrace at The Oyster Box, marks the beginning of the Festive season and summer holidays.
A plated starter, buffet main, plated dessert and festive entertainment are on the menu.
Time: 18h00 – 21h00 I Venue: The Ocean Terrace I
Price: R690 per adult, R420 per child under 12 years
CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER 24th December
Get the Festive weekend off to a stylish start with Christmas Eve Dinner in the elegant Grill Room.
Regrettably no children.
Time: 18h00 – 22h00 I Venue: The Grill Room I Price: R2 600 per person
CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH 25th December
Each of The Oyster Box’s dining venues will be offering delicious lunch feasts on Christmas Day. All venues will be offering live music, a welcome beverage
on arrival and delicious seasonal menus.
Time: 12h00 – 16h00 I Venue: The Ocean Terrace and The Grill Room I
Price: R2 600 per person, R1 600 per child under 12 years
NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER 31st December
“SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER”
Put on your best Boogie Shoes as we take you back to the Seventies this New Year’s Eve! Dance your way into 2023 in retro 70’s gear and join us for a blast from the past!
Time: 19h00 onwards I Venue: The Pearl Room I
Price: R2 900 per adult, R1 900 per child under 12 years
Enzo – first KZN pizzeria recognised in nationwide challenge
Scottburgh’s renowned Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria has become the first KwaZulu-Natal restaurant to make it into the Top 10 of the nationwide Porcupine Ridge Pizzeria Challenge 2022.
Owner Enzo Tilli is over the moon for making it to the number five spot despite stiff competition from around the country. No KZN restaurants made it into the top 10 in the 2021 challenge.
In 1990, at the tender age of 18, Tilli decided to follow his passion for creating authentic Italian food and with the help of his mother, embarked on an adventure into the unknown opening Enzo Pizzeria in Johannesburg’s West Rand. The authentic pizzas he dished up were an instant hit and it was not long before Tilli opened a second branch at Gold Reef City.
Seven years later Tilli sold his two eateries and moved to KwaZulu Natal to open Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria in Scottburgh. As was the case in Gauteng, it did not take long for Enzo to become a popular destination for locals and tourists who – 25-years later – still can’t get enough of his mouth-wateringly good pizzas. Says Tilli: “Like all good pizzas, ours are made with the finest ingredients and cooked to perfection in a wood-burning clay oven.”
Despite the celebrations, Tilli made some time to answer a few questions about Enzo and – more importantly – his coveted pizzas!
Tell us a bit about your restaurant and what makes your pizzas so popular
Enzo’s is more an eatery or as we say in Italy a ‘trattoria’ which means casual and relaxed dining. Our pizzas are made in the authentic Neapolitan style, in a wood-burning oven. They have a light and airy base, and we use only the best quality ingredients. We believe that whoever is making the pizza should have lots of love for what they are creating and that their passion is a big part of what makes them so good.
What is your signature pizza or best-seller?
Without doubt the Del Greco pizza which has a bacon feta and fresh avocado topping. We also have four different starter pizzas, three Calzongino choices (foot long, fold over pizzas), six different vegetarian pizzas and 19 more other options from which to choose.
What’s better, a thin crust or a thick crust?
For me, it must have a thin, light base and slightly charred on the bottom and must always be cooked in a wood-burning oven just like in Naples, the home of the pizza.
What is your favourite pizza topping?
I still like the classics – a Regina, a quattro stagioni or a simple Margarita with anchovies.
For more on Porcupine Ridge, please visit: www.boekenhoutskloof.co.za/
Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria can be found at Shop 5 The Terrace, 129 Marine Terrace, Scottburgh, KZN. Telephone number for bookings: 039 978 3674
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