The entrance of The Fig Tree Restaurant was momentarily transformed, last night, into the famous Verulam Market, as the Country Club hosted the launch of highly anticipated Durban Curry: Up 2 Date.
The food story book is the latest in the titles published by author, Erica Platter - a resident of Simbithi Eco-Estate - and photographer Clinton Friedman. The duo, who formed Paw Paw Publishing a few years ago, have published East Coast Tables, East Coast Tables: The Inland Edition and Durban Curry: So Much of Flavour.
Their latest offering is a scintillating sequel to 2014's Durban Curry: So Much of Flavour, with a witty foreward by Professor Ashwin Desai. It features an array of dishes: mutton, chicken, seafood and sides, with a surprise 'What to Drink' addition from John Platter on the best wines to pair with your curry.
Of course, we at Simbithi are extremely proud of our Senior Sous Chef, Kenyan-born Godfrey Kinyanjui, whose Kuku Bizari Ya Pwani - a traditional Kenyan chicken curry - features in the book.
The evening was delightful, with a selection of curries from the book on the buffet, including Bevashen's Winning Curry-braised Shortrib, Sasol Salt Rock's Famous Mutton Bunny curry, Cindy's Farm Vegetable Bunny curry, Durban Fish Curry Masala and Godfrey's Kuku Bizari Ya Pwani. Guests were treated to starters of traditional Indian sweetmeats: jelebi, gulab jamun, burfee and coconut ice with chilli bites and veda.
Of course, Erica and Godfrey were on hand to sign books for those who attended.
Thank you to everyone who enjoyed the evening with us, and well done to the Simbithi team for putting on a gorgeous launch.