Sabi Sabi & High Timber London | Co-Creation At Its Best
Celebration of the finest contemporary African cuisine with Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in residency at High Timber Restaurant
Successful relationships must be celebrated and on Wednesday, October 25th, The Hedonist Magazine had an opportunity to celebrate an amazing international gourmet partnership between two truly unique places – luxury Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve based in South Africa and High Timber restaurant located at the most scenic waterfront locations on the north bank of the Thames in London.
In association with South Africa Airways, an intimate dinner was held at one of High Timber’s private dining rooms – a warm place surrounded by wine cellars filled with exceptional wines from some of the leading estates in South Africa.
Relationships are about bringing out the best in each other, to inspire each other and, of course, to share similar passions for life and that was exactly how this successful collaboration began. “It was the combination of outstanding food accompanied by world leading wine-list that surprised me on my first visit of High Timber!” – Jacques Smit from Sabi Sabi says, explaining the roots and history of how the friendship between two places began.
As a result of shared expertise and ideas, the finest menu of authentic South African flavors was created to celebrate contemporary African cuisine. Chef Mircel McSween of High Timber and Chef Wilfred Mtshali of Sabi Sabi worked passionately together to create special collaborative dishes by giving a modern, creative twist to traditional recipes.
Peppered Venison Cannon served with marinated mushrooms, sweet potato crisps and mixed herbs was an introduction to a culinary journey we were about to experience. Spicy venison surrounded by delicate mushroom flavors was accompanied by a carefully selected fusion of fresh herbs to create a mixture of textures and flavors that perfectly worked together in a beautiful presentation.
The main course was Braised oxtail ‘Dombalo’ together with Lobster Bobotie – tender lobster meat wrapped in a spiced cabbage leaf with pineapple and mango jam – a true culinary delight and a remarkable main dish clearly served with pride that was the highlight of the evening and left everyone’s taste buds surprised and craving more. Our fine dining experience continued with Truffled Tunworth cheese served with sweet fig and red onion marmalade, crispy celery and crackers and completed with Cape Brandy Malva Pudding – a final exclamation mark to conclude a remarkable and successful relationship between the two restaurants! Bringing South Africa to London, Sabi Sabi inspired dishes will continue to be found on the High Timber menu into 2018 giving the opportunity for all to enjoy.