95 Keerom 4.0 rating based on 1 rating1 Review 0 Visitor Photos + 95 Keerom St, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa 27 21 422 0765 http://www.95keerom.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org Cuisine: Italian Good for: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
If there’s one thing chef Giorgio Nava has proven since he opened 95 Keerom in 2003, it’s that Italian restaurants...
If there’s one thing chef Giorgio Nava has proven since he opened 95 Keerom in 2003, it’s that Italian restaurants don’t have to be about gingham tablecloths, cheese-drenched pizza and dishes no self-respecting Italian would serve their mamma.
This award-winning chef – who recently won the World Pasta Championship – hails from Milan and a visit to 95 Keerom offers an authentic taste of northern Italy.
The street-address-as-name is a good mirror of the simplicity that runs through the menu, where top-quality ingredients presented with minimal fuss are the signature of Nava’s cooking. The ever-restless chef owns a handful of eateries in the city, including Carne SA right across the road: this modern steakhouse serves outstanding beef and game dishes, with much of the meat sourced from Nava’s own farms.
But 95 Keerom remains my favourite of the two: for its romantic setting, for its uncomplicated dishes, for its consistency, for its perennially good service. But most importantly, for the butternut ravioli with burnt sage butter sauce. If I ever end up choosing my last meal, a bowl of this heavenly pasta will be it… quite likely with a glass of Italian Sangiovese alongside. Yes, 95 Keerom offers a decent range of Italian wines alongside a well-priced local list.
The excellent pasta and carpaccio can be served as either starters or mains, but the meaty main courses are well worth considering. The 1.2kg La Fiorentina – for a couple to share – is grilled simply with olive oil and rosemary and sliced off the bone. It’s outstanding. The same goes for the slow-cooked springbok and grilled Karoo lamb chops; both sourced from Giorgio’s own farm. And if you don’t order the chocolate fondant and an espresso to finish? Well, you’ll be missing out.
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