What's good? I'll tell you what's good. Having a smooth day at work after the Murano Glass Bowl Incident, selling out of specials and having The Lady take me out to dinner at C'ville's really neat South African restaurant, The Shebeen.
The Lady and I had not been there before and we're feeling a little dumb because of it. It really was fantastic. They bill themselves as a South African style pub, but it's way more sophisticated than that. Nice atmosphere of wood and stone with beamed ceilings. You would never know you're underneath a Staples. Service was friendly and attentive, even on a Friday night. I would recommend a reservation.
The Lady had the Calamari to start. This was a nice twist on the usual; chili marinaded calamari battered with a light tempura. Crisp and tender. Very nice.
I started with Samosas, which turned out to be a great fusion of tastes and cultures in a fried triangle. Smaller and less dense than the Indian version, it reminded me more of a Jamaican Pattie; ground meat with a very aromatic and slightly sweet seasoning. Perhaps a touch of tamarind. It was served with a mango chutney and a little salad.
For an entree, The Lady had Sosatie, which turned out to be a rosemary skewer each of pork and lamb that had been marinaded for a day or so in mango chutney and then grilled. Fabulous. It was served with yellow rice and green lentils as well as mango chutney and cucumber - mint yogurt on the side.
I had Bobotie. Frankly, I've never had anything quite like it before. It was superb. Bobotie is Boer meatloaf. No, really. I'm in ecstasy over a meatloaf. Not just any meatloaf, mind you. Bobotie is a blend of ground beef and lamb, raisins, apples, almonds and curry. When the whole loaf is roasted, it is topped with a savory egg custard which develops this neat crust on top. The plate had two huge slices of Bobotie with a half inch layer of this custard at the top of each slice. It was topped with a warm tomato relish and was served with some truly excellent mash(ed) potatoes and vegetable melange. Yummy. Very yummy.
We passed on dessert and had coffee. The intention had been to have dinner and a movie, but we skipped the movie and came home to a "dessert" of Ardbeg single malt scotch.
And that's good.