U R B A N O L O G I
I have joined the Joburg foodies slowly but surely, and in an effort to keep up,I went and tried out Urbanologi, an Asian fusion tapas style restaurant that everyone cannot stop talking about. And it is with good reason too. The menu lists items, not by the conventional starters, main course, and dessert instead it lists items according to how they are cooked - fried, kushiyaki (a generic term for skewered and grilled meat), steamed, cured, frozen and raw.
Situated in the Mad Giant brewery, large beer tanks surround the gold tables that are decorated with mint green bowls and dark brown chopsticks. The dishes are served in a tapas style but with very generous portions which make them perfect for sharing. My recommendation would be to share roughly 4-5 dishes between two people or 2-3 for yourself.
F R I E D
We two had dishes from the fried section both pork because pork! The first one, featured above, is the crispy dropped black pepper pork belly, tamarind dressing, butternut puree, chopped smoked peanuts and cucumber. The different textures were wonderful and that tamarind sauce deserves to be bottled for my personal dunking pleasure. Not featured is the crispy caramel pork shoulder with persimmon, date puree and gorgonzola mousse. A definite must try!
K U S H I Y A K I
The first dish is dry aged kushiyaki sirloin, with aubergine puree and wild mushrooms. The sirloin was juicy and tender and worked perfectly with the wild mushrooms! A friend of mine had the doenjang glazed beef cheek kushiyaki, with cauliflower and truffle mash and sherry braised onions. No words, ladies, and gents no words!
S T E A M E D
There is only one item under 'steamed; on the menu and it is these steamed brioche buns that are filled with delicious thick truffle creme and sprinkled with potato skin salt! I loved that these are a different take on brioche which is normally baked.
C U R E D
Given that we already had all of the pork we decided to venture out and try the marjoram cured lamb rib kushiyaki that was served with french wood oak teriyaki and roast apple.
F R O Z E N
For dessert, we opted for one of the frozen dishes that had banana-barley malt ice-cream, dark beer gateau, halva, dark beer caramel, Mad Giants True Grit beer Fromage blanc and oat crisp. Soft, sweet and subtle a perfect ending to a wonderful culinary experience.
D E T A I L S
Address: 1 Fox street, Johannesburg, 2048
Monday to Saturday 12:00- 15:00 and 18:00-21:00
Sunday 12:00 to 17:0O