Tasty winter at the Waterfront
Mondiall Head Chef Stephen Mandes has created a Winter Menu both for Lunch and Dinner, with a Winter Special Menu for each too, featuring hearty risottos, grilled red meats and juicy burgers – the latter of which have been elevated to a cult-like status.
These Winter Menus focus on sustainably sourced ingredients from ethical suppliers, and while keeping some of Mondiall’s favourites on the menu, Stephen has included some “feel good” dishes, which one may crave during the cooler months.
Stephen, who gained invaluable experience in a number of the Western Cape’s top kitchens – including La Vierge (Hemel-en-Aarde Valley), the Cape Grace, Belmond Mount Nelson, and De Grendel Restaurant – holds an Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts (Northlink College Tygerberg Campus / accredited by City and Guilds) and the title of ‘Ultimate Braai Master’ since his team (‘Tikka Boys’) won Season 3 in 2014. He describes his style of cooking as “very chilled, nothing over the top”, and he has therefore chosen to stick to the classics. These include old favourites like fish and chips, traditional bangers and mash as well as pork belly, which Stephen smokes in the Big Green Egg giving the pork “loads of flavour”. He works very closely with meat supplier Salvin Hirschfield – Son-of-A-Butcher – allowing him to cook with special cuts of meat that require little preparation. He believes the beauty of these dishes is in their simplicity.
On experimenting with new ingredients, Stephen says, “I’ve added herbed bone marrow to our steak dish – which is delicious, I’m also experimenting with the miso trend and have adapted our salmon dish, which is now glazed and served with Asian vegetables. And then I’m also doing kebabs tandoori-style.” Stephen is keeping things very simple throughout winter, “no frills no fuss”.
Head of Food & Beverages, Robert Fick shares that they have for the first time introduced some fine French wines to their list. In addition, new wines by the glass include Vergelegen Reserve Cab/Sauv and the Nativo Red Blend, which pair well with the prime cut of the day – selectively chosen by Mondiall’s Braai-Master.
Restaurateur Patrick Symington says that Mondiall remains a sophisticated, but casual brasserie-style dining experience, offering refined comfort food. The decor however continues to evolve, now bearing warm wood cladding offsetting the large mirrors and clear glass. Chic marble plinths and retro leather couches make up the informal seating area whilst bistro-style tables and banquettes are able to accommodate groups of all sizes.
And when night falls, Mondiall is able to reinvent itself with soft candlelight that illuminates the pictures on the walls of pressed plants in autumn colours, also casting light on the enormous iron chandelier and its crystals, which presides over the entire restaurant. The combination of industrial finishes, high ceilings and textural elements amalgamate into a flowing space that feels spacious yet intimate. And since Mondiall has installed a gas fireplace, it is an ideal spot to escape the cold and the crowds.
The Winter Lunch and Dinner Special Menus – costing R185 for two courses and R225 for three courses – draw from the main Lunch and Dinner menus. Lunch options include Starter choices of mussels, a bowl of squid, and aubergine and tomato; Mains choices of Wagyu burger, BBQ Banger & Mash and Risotto of the day; and Desserts of steamed pudding and Tonka Bean cheesecake. The Dinner Menu options offered are Tandoori chicken kebabs, smoked pork belly, and gnocchi and mushrooms; Mains of Bangers & Mash, BBQ Baby Chicken, and Risotto of the day; and Desserts of Chocolate Noir Tart, Tonka Bean Cheesecake, and Petit Fours. All of Mondiall’s Winter Menus will run for the duration of the season.
Other Specials include
Monday Madness – Any two starters, mains or desserts for the price of one (available all day)
Ladies Night on Thursdays – 50% off cocktails and mains.
Yemanya Live on Wednesdays – The talented all-female music ensemble, which is the birth-child of classical pianist Marleze Smit, is a fushion of global, groovy classics with touches of African influences making their sound truly unique. They are live every Wednesday from 19h00 for the duration of winter.
Business Lunch Special – Bring a business card to the table and enjoy a choice of: 33% discount on 4 people or less; or 44% discount on tables of more than 4 (excludes drinks)
Daily ‘Happy Hour’ from 16h00 – 18h00 on selected cocktails and beers
For further information please visit www.mondiall.co.za