After visiting the Walter Battiss museum (see previous post), my parents and I went to a little deli in Somerset East for a bite to eat before the next leg of our adventure (watch this space for more on that).
Fine dining is probably not something you’d expect in a little town in the Karoo, not least on a Sunday. We certainly didn’t; we even packed a little picnic just in case. But we took a chance and asked the lovely curator of the Walter Battiss Museum, who immediately recommended that we try Hobson’s Choice Deli. So off we went.
Now, you may remember how much I love pickled things (read about it here). Well, I’ve never even heard of dill pickled Agave flowers, let alone tried them. Of course, I had to order the sandwich that showcased them, accompanied by freshly baked ciabatta, farm cheese and …wait for it…candied aubergine. I bet you’ve never heard of that either. It was altogether delicious!
Mum had a roast Karoo lamb and mint sandwich (a Karoo classic), and Dad had the slow food special, chili con carne. We followed this up with impressive home-made deserts, hot baked Jungle Berry Crumble and cold Coffee-Brandy Tartufo.
It was refreshingly exciting for a meal in a remote town, and I loved the focus on local produce (even the Agave flowers and candied aubergine are produced locally). A wonderful change from the usual greasy toasted cheese sandwich from the corner shop. We came away with full tummies and smiles all ’round; and needless to say, a jar or two of pickled Agave flowers from the deli for our next luncheon party.