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Cube Tasting Kitchen (Parktown North)

Cube Tasting Kitchen (Parktown North)
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Cost
R770 for ten-course set menu (includes gratiuity, soft drinks, mineral water,tea/coffee)
Ambience
Contemporary cool
Food
Modern, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

Food
Cube seems to be the restaurant of choice for special celebrations as well as a crowd of regular supporters. It is not a rushed meal, so one should have the time to sit back and enjoy each course. The food is inventive and creative, and even though punted as a tasting menu, the portions are ample and one certainly does not go home feeling hungry or unsatisfied. The tasting menu starts with a dish named ‘Sea Breeze’, consisting of prawns in Zanzibar spices, a garlic foam, ginger emulsion, oyster ‘pearls’, squid heads with Thai flavours, chilli ‘noodles’ and a squid ink sponge. This is molecular gastronomy at its best, where the individual components enhance each other and there are lots to please the palate. A simple little clay flowerpot is used to present a hearty, earthy dish called ‘Potato Parts’, consisting of potato confit, potato air, a potato croquette with pieces of smoky sausage, and horseradish. The ‘Flavours of Tom Yum’ is delicious, consisting of tofu, edamame beans, corn and preserved ginger with an intense, flavoursome broth poured over at the table. To clear the palate, a mulled wine sorbet is served alongside a piece of smouldering cinnamon to appease all the senses somewhat. This is followed by a course featuring a smoked duck breast, a duck pancake with hoisin, granola, orange gel and a Moroccan flavoured duck liver parfait. ‘Beef applications’ – 10 interpretations of beef – is presented on a black slate tile and includes braised shin, oxtail ragout, pulled brisket, smoked sirloin, roast fillet, rump trinchado and many more. Countering this show of masculinity, the next dish features pineapple crisps and fennel salad. This is followed by a cheese course, and a dessert continuing the molecular theme of various gels, soils, sauces and jellies. The meal concludes with a substantial plate of friandise, beautifully presented on brûléed Italian meringue.

Drinks
Although Cube offers no alcoholic beverages for sale, menus are sent out a few days in advance to allow patrons to bring along wines that would match. If one should arrive empty-handed, the staff will direct you to a wine shop around the corner, and ice buckets are prepared to keep the tipple cool. Considering the rather steep price of the meal, the glassware might be slightly ordinary.

Service
Service is friendly and accommodating, but perhaps the rather long interval between guests’ arrival and the first course could be shortened by serving bread, a welcoming drink or a palate teaser. The restaurant staff are well equipped to deal with a variety of situations and accommodate requests without much fuss. Waiters are friendly and happy to clarify anything. Cutlery is changed with brisk efficiency throughout the meal; you feel well taken care of.

Ambience
Cube currently operates in two separate restaurants, situated on the same strip, with a few other premises in-between, but each with their own kitchen and their own staff. Both spaces are similarly decorated in shades of cream and white, with white leather chairs offset by large modern graphics providing the only colour. The kitchen is part of the dining room, which makes you feel as if you are almost dining inside the kitchen, and provides a nice view of happenings. They are booked out almost every night, and there is a lot of bustling action to keep one entertained.

And…
The establishment prefers to use an online booking system that generates a bucketful of e-mail before and after your visit, including the menu and a list of rules and regulations that some may find clumsy and cumbersome. Those finding this system clumsy are accommodated by staff willing to take a telephone booking like all high-end restaurants should.

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  • Eat Out judges

    Food 
    Executive chef Dario d’Angeli’s 10-course menus change every month, but they are invariably exciting and experimental. You’ll need to take some time to enjoy the fare here: this is an experience not to be rushed, nor forgotten. There’s no doubt that the interplay of flavour, texture, technique and presentation here does make the diner really think about the food, which is probably Dario’s intention. Items may include a palate-cleansing horseradish sorbet with lime and coconut gel (strangely delicious); smoked duck with edamame beans, candied ginger, pea purée and Asian dumpling (a highlight); followed by a delicate baked goat’s cheese with feather-light beetroot candy floss. And lead us not into sweet temptation: a soymilk panna cotta with white chocolate brownie offers a playful, scrumptious take on the classic cookies and milk.

    Drinks 
    They aren’t licensed, so diners are encouraged to bring their own and enjoy the show.

    Service 
    Service is slick and swift, with both chefs and waiting staff showing high energy levels – which is, of course, needed to keep up the pace for a ten-course menu.

    Ambience 
    The small space features a minimalist interior with a grey and white colour theme. There’s quite a bit of theatre and movement involved, as all diners are served the next course at exactly the same time.

    And…
    A final flourish: chef Dario personally acts as barista while the remaining chefs present diners with large glass jars and bowls filled with truffles, marshmallows and macaroons.

    (September 2014)

  • The textures are incredible; the flavours are an education. Seeing the chefs preparing your food adds to the excitement. Dario d’Angeli’s themed menus change every month, are very seasonal and obsessive about sourcing local and eco-friendly ingredients. Surprises await you on the ten-course menu, like a savoury chocolate dish redolent of rosemary and cigarbox whiffs; or a springbok fillet with dabs of pistachio, beetroot, goat’s cheese and olive paste.
  • Food
    Expect revelations to the taste buds. This is more scintillating food experience (using fresh, locally sourced ingredients) than mere degustation, offering never-ending food pleasures. The theme is Sources, Textures and Colours, so you move from a hot, white apple drink topped with a spiced marshmallow to a platter of black chocolate items, including a ‘brownie’ of swarthy choc pasta and a pot of gorgeously gooey chocolate into which to splash liquorice Pastis. In between come the brighter colours: a small yellow-spiced crab bisque with candied fennel.

    Wine
    BYO. You’ll receive hints as to what’s on the menu in advance, for pairing if you like.

    Service
    The white-coated team, including Dario d’Angeli, whose magic food box this is, take entertaining turns explaining how to appreciate all eleven courses.

    Ambience
    It’s like a fun-food lab.

    And...
    Dining here is an occasion for arguing about, appraising and analysing each course with glee. (MLE, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Amazing well planned out, thoughtful menu, service is meticulous; never felt the need to make eye contact with a waiter. Flavours were experimental with a combination of comfort. Compared to the top ten restaurants I've tried in South Africa, a definite contender.
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  • Cube Tasting kitchen is a great night out. There are about 10 courses, so it takes a few hours to get through it all. The food makes up for what is lacking in the ambience. Though they are expanding and the spacing and ambience may improve. We've gone twice, the second tasting menu was far better than the first time we went so this may vary. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Cube is definitely one of thee best fine dining restaurants in Johannesburg. Remember to book well in advance.
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  • Amazing restaurant. Personal touches with the chefs coming to describe what is on each dish and the waiters recommending accompanying wines. Didn't think I would be full after just tasting dishes but I was very wrong! 10 of the best dishes I have tasted in my life. Highly recommended
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  • I have been to Cube 3 times over the last 12 months and they have NEVER dissapointed. We love taking people that have never been before with us to see the reaction on their faces as they fall in love with this restaurant. The menus are always inspired and interesting and the chefs explaining each course themselves lends a nice personal touch to the experience. We have never done the wine pairing so won't be able to comment, but BYO has always worked for us. Although that being said, at our last visit we actually bought every one of the suggested wines (to do our own wine pairing) as we were quite a large group, but the waiters weren't always quick enough to make sure that the right wine was available with the right course which is truly the only criticism I can give. I am a great follower of the Eat Out awards and was really shocked that this gem wasn't even nominated in 2014 as I have visited some of the other restaurants and really felt that Cube is on the same level. But that might just be me!
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  • First visit to Cube and there was huge excitement, but was quickly replaced by disappointment. While the concept is amazing presentation was severly lacking, consistency between plates were lacking and waiters basically threw the plates into the table. Having the wine pairing is a compelte waste of time since there's no sommelier to explain why they've paired each wine with the dish. They didn't even tell us what wine they were serving. Basically came down to 4 glasses of white wine and 2 glasses of red. Definitely decline an invite to there in the future.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
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  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian

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