#Fromthepass – Parsley Crusted Seabass

Parsely Crusted Seabass

Every now and then we put a dish on the menu that shines, this is perfect example of everything coming in perfect harmony “This dish is the best example of simplicity, the essence is built around the fish and sauce which enhance each other in the most harmonious way possible. There’s something about a dish that is solely based on shades of one colour, it simply looks artfully irresistible, and I LOVE IT” chef Dion 

The Mauritian seabass is roasted with a delicate parsley crust, it is served with a lemon butter emulsion and braised fennel


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#Fromthepass – Asian Style Duck Breast

Asian Duck with Steamed Dumpling

In this weeks #fromthepass Dion draws inspiration from a recent to Singapore and the most unlikeliest source, water spinach. Mostly served as side dish in Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore “I fell in love with this side dish called morning glory, it is a green leafy vegetable, if I had to describe the taste it would be like marrying a spring onion and baby spinach. Stir fried with Thai red chili, whole smashed young garlic and fish sauce, the sauce the greens were in reminded me of oyster sauce, WOW! pure umami, every meal I ordered a side of morning glory” With this dish at the chefs table Dion quickly cooked the broccoli with chili and garlic with a touch of oyster sauce, served with duck breast and a steamed dumpling.




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#fromthepass – Trout Tartare

Tartare Trout

Trout tartare

The chefs table gives us an opportunity to experiment and play, in this weeks #fromthepass Dion has brought to the playground, cured egg yolks and rice crackers, which was is the main inspiration for this dish. “I recently cured an egg yolk with seaweed and miso, the flavour is indescribable as it has such a unique character to it, a character that actually needs a raw fish preparation in order to give its full respect, I decided to use sea trout due to its deep ocean flavours. I thought the idea was great, eating tartare with  sesame rice cracker”

To finish of the Dion served it with a carrot kimchi and cucumber salad to accompany the delicate but strong flavours of the salmon and egg yolk.




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Mothers Day in Oasis

Sunday Roast

Sunday Roast In Oasis

Give mother the day off, this Sunday at the Oasis buffet we have almost everything needed to make sure mom, gran do not have to lift a finger, catering for all tastes. Starting with a cold buffet that has fresh oysters, prawns, smoked salmon and sushi. The salad selection is vast with lots including options to create one own Caesar with excess the way one normally would. Mediterranean mezze, tarts and charcuterrie for all tastes.
On the hot buffet we have the essential fix with Yorkshire pudding with that all time Sunday favourite, Mike Maliti’s oxtail, with roast lamb and beef, to make sure we leave very little for dessert. And if there is space waffles with ice cream or strawberry pavlova.
And if you must some warm malva pudding with some more ice cream to round the afternoon off.

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Finding Burger Part 16, It has happened again!

Months went by where we had no problems, brisket and chuck came from two suppliers. The product was consistent, we became complacent and confident. Then it struck again, that pink burger as we made the burgers fresh how was this possible, and off course the only people that picked it up was the guests eating well done burgers. We even blamed seasonality and the grass.
I spoke to a good friend and through our conversation he mentioned that if a butcher used nitrates in their shop certain cross contamination could occur. That had to be it, the problem is that both sources are too ethical, too honest and we had scrap that idea.
We went back to the drawing board removing everything, making burgers with no salt, only parsley and only mustard. Results after two days of allowing the burger to stand was a little annoying as the salt seemed like the culprit. The question I had is, how much nitrates are present in salt, does it make a difference if the salt is sea salt or not?
Some vegetables like celery, beetroot, cabbage, some root vegetables and parsley all contain a percentage of nitrate. Sea salt contains a percentage of nitrate, be it very small amounts. When nitrates are exposed to certain types of bacteria the nitrate is converted into nitrite. This reaction is similar in characteristic to traditional cured meat products.
All of this meant that we have to relook the recipe for the guests wanting a well done “’bloody pink”burger.
The problem has been solved for now.

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Poached sea trout
Ocean greens, spekboom and sea asparagus salsa verde, lime air, cucumber flowers, cucumber oil
Inspired by flavors of the ocean due to the leaves that we recently got as samples from wild peacock, we have been asking and searching for a long time.
“the oyster leaf and ice leaf simply played mind games when tasting them, they literally taste like the ocean, it was evident that the sea trout would best suite these beautiful greens, the cucumber flowers are like micro cucumbers with bold cucumber essence a light burst of acid with this bitter sweet under tone makes for a perfect marriage for the trout”

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Baby Potato, Asparagus, Green bean salad with a red onion and anchovy dressing


Potato and anchovy dressing

If we added egg and tuna we would almost have niçoise salad. Potatoes and beans just love anchovies, we added a couple faithful’s into the layers with olives, blanched asparagus and crispy fried capers with radish to finish.
With the salty ness of the anchovy in the dressing we sweetened it with honey and added roasted garlic.

400g Asparagus peeled and blanched
400g Baby potatoes cooked and sliced
300g Green beans blanched and cut in half
200g Pitted olives
100g Lentils cooked
3 ea Radishes shaved
50g Capers fried crispy

½ Red Onion chopped fine
1 ½ tbsp Anchovies chopped fine
2 tbsp Parsley chopped
90 ml Olive oil
4 cloves roasted garlic mashed
2 Tbsp honey
45 ml lemon juice
Black pepper to taste

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Greek Style Roast Leg of Lamb

Lamb leg

Greek Style Roast Leg Of Lamb, Photo Credit www.crushmag-online.com

This recipe is done by Chef Jaco who has been with me for many years, currently looking after the Banqueting operation at the hotel. What makes this recipe great the lemon and tomato, giving the lamb that smack for more. We prefer removing the lamb from refrigerator a hour before roasting to bring to room temperature. Adding more garlic is optional and advised. This Recipe was first published as part of an Easter recipe compilation for crushmag-online

Basting Sauce
5 cloves garlic, grated
1 Tbsp rosemary, chopped
zest of 1 lemon
salt & black pepper
1 Tbsp dried oregano
juice of 4-6 lemons
250 ml olive oil
6 tomatoes, grated

2-2.5 kg leg of lamb
5 cloves garlic, sliced into quarters
15-20 sprigs rosemary
mirepoix (1 large onion, 1 large carrot, 2 sticks celery, 1 leek cleaned and sliced)
3 tomatoes, diced
10-12 baby potatoes
250 ml water

Preheat the oven to 180 °C

While the oven is preheating make the basting sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a bowl. Set aside until ready to use.

Turn the heat down to 165 °C.

Make small incisions in the flesh of the lamb on both sides. Insert the garlic slices into the incisions.
Season the lamb leg well with salt, pepper and baste.
Place the leg of lamb on a bed of rosemary, the mirepoix and the diced tomato. Roast for 1.5 hours, turning and basting the lamb every half hour.

Scatter the baby potatoes around the lamb and pour in the water. Add a little more water if it becomes too dry.
Finish at 190 °C for about 20 minutes. If you enjoy your lamb a little extra well done, cook for an additional half hour.

When the lamb is cooked, remove from oven and allow to rest for 10-12 minutes before carving.

Photo Credit www.crushmag-online.com

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Serves 4

300g Chickpeas cooked
150g Brussel sprouts cut into half
1 Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Cumin
2 Cloves garlic chopped fine
30ml olive oil
30ml honey
20ml Cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

50g kale fired crispy to finish
200g Lemon and mint yoghurt

Preheat oven to 180
Combine all ingredients in a bowl mix and place in baking tray.
Place in preheated oven and bake for 12 minutes.
Allow to cool place bowl with yoghurt in centre of salad with crispy fried kale on top.

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#From The Pass – Prawn Wrapped Smoked Salmon

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Prawn Wrapped With Smoked Salmon

Prawn and smoked salmon roll with sauce vierge, capers, salted banana shallots, avocado, mustard emulsion. We have had this dish in many incarnations over the years, the original was here long before I started. We have it on our banqueting menu’s. From the timbale shaped to a ball shaped salmon with filling.
This being the latest is tight roll with salmon smoked locally and Argentinian poached prawns as the filling. The filling is packed a lot tighter than in previous menu’s, made lighter with less mayonnaise and cream cheese. Accompanied by an avocado puree and a tomato vierge that keeps everything clean and fresh.

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