by Shané, our marketing assistant
I was in need of a restaurant recommendation for what was to be a special night out. I’d heard the name ‘Knife’ thrown around once or twice, with mixed reviews though; but with good feedback from a colleague whom I trust (mostly) with my palette and so with a dial of the phone I made the booking for two, with, to be honest, a slight hesitation.
The night arrived and we headed to Crystal Towers Hotel in Century City where Knife is located. We walked into the restaurant and were immediately greeted with a big smile and shown to our table, which turned out to be a very cute and cosy little booth. While waiting for our menus a rich and smokey aroma wafted over us as the table next to ours was being served. I had looked at the menu beforehand on the web and it looked promising especially to a meat lover. After a few moments in silence we had both made up our minds and knew what our game plan for the night was going to be.
Out of our starters I definitely preferred mine, the sticky sweet potato stack with mozzarella and tomato relish, as it was unusual and very tasty. The Cajun fried potato skins came in at a close second, as they were delicious and crunchy, but just a bit plain for my liking.
For mains (when they eventually arrived – my only complaint of the evening) we had chosen the slow roasted BBQ smoked pork belly with sautéed potatoes, roast garlic and green beans as well as the infamous 1kg smoked baby back ribs. I thoroughly enjoyed my pork belly as it was perfectly seasoned and had just the right blend of sides to give you that ‘home-cooked’ feeling. As for the ribs, well the pictures speak for themselves. A few phrases that I managed to take away from the evening were “this is so unbelievably tender”, “it’s falling off the bone”, “it’s rich, but good rich, smokey”…
With no space for desert and a decent size take-away portion, we left feeling wonderful satisfied and wishing we’d had space for more. It is extremely hard to put into words the flavour that the process of being smoked creates, it is simply something that you need to go and experience for yourself.
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