A place better known for its mixed reviews than its consistency, our trip to Black Sheep was a pleasant, delicious surprise. Not only were we blown away by the excellent service, but by a varied menu that took more deciding time than usual. We had an hour or two to kill so stumbled in for a glass of wine, but, after looking at the menu, naturally stayed for more…
Black Sheep is a joint labour of love between the Japha and Silva families. It’s the culmination of 20 years of food, laughter and love of excellent wine. Choose your meal from varied options on the blackboard (and if you, like me, can’t see further than a metre – with glasses – you have the option of browsing the daily changing menu online).
The intimate space features three dining levels, including a mezzanine for private functions. Bernard judges his restaurants almost entirely on one thing: lighting. If a space is poorly lit – too bright, too dim, too boring – he loses interest. Black Sheep have nailed it in the lighting department. Cosy up to the fireplace in wintertime or enjoy the beautifully lit main floor, with floor to ceiling windows soaking in natural light and boasting views of Table Mountain. Ideal for sundowners on vibey Kloof Street, it’s a great place to whet your appetite or surfeit a hungry belly.
We had the steak tartare with melba toast (R65) – freaking excellent – and the sticky char siu back ribs with quick cucumber and diakon kimchi (R65). Paired with two glasses of house wine that went down a treat.
The day’s menu depends on all manner of changeable events: the weather, seasonal ingredients and Chef Jonny’s mood. After all, the only constant in life is change. (There is however a small set menu for those who enjoy eating their favourite dishes often.)
P.S. Grab your five favourite friends and book Jonny’s seven-hour pot roast larded leg of lamb in sherry and onions with boiled fingerlings. Yes. That is a thing. And we are doing it. Soon.