Long Table Sunday Lunch at Gecko Culinary Adventures

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Sunday lunches are my favourite! Delicious roasts and a relaxed atmosphere are what I need to recharge for the week ahead.

Recently, Shane and I attended the first Sunday Long Table Lunch at Gecko Culinary Adventures.  Owner Megan Harker and Head Chef Jesse Felthuis have made Gecko Culinary Adventures a huge success with their fun, interactive, hands on culinary classes, courses and parties. I fell in love with the entire concept, the venue (I mean who wouldn’t love the charms of a house over 100 years old with beautiful views of Durbs??), and even more so loved the new venture into hosting a Sunday long table lunch.

 

The long table
The long table
You have the choice of bringing your own or paying for drinks there...
You have the choice of bringing your own or paying for drinks there…
The dreamy kitchen I aspire to have one day... filled with all the bells and whistles... oh a girl can dream!
The dreamy kitchen I aspire to have one day… filled with all the bells and whistles… oh a girl can dream!

 

If I could liken the experience to anything, it would be like visiting your favourite aunt for a family get together! There is no pretentious air about Megan, Jesse or the lunch. The only difference is you have a ‘private chef’ and host doing all the hard work for you; while you sit and relax, or amble into the kitchen and watch what the chef is up to…

Now the food was a Mzansi fusion inspired menu. I can guarantee, you will not get the normal run-of-the-mill Sunday roast meal… It’s a lot more special than that! Although I left absolutely stuffed, if there were leftovers to divulge I would have done it… I know, I’m a greedy goose! The food was really that good. Shane likes simple food and is not a fan of food with too many spices and ingredients; but even he was lapping up the fusion dishes. Although there were a mix of different flavours, they were balanced and didn’t leave you cringing with the taste of too much chilli or too much ginger…

Here’s what was on the table that delicious Sunday afternoon:

Bread Pockets filled with Lemon Thyme Hummus
Bread Pockets filled with Lemon Thyme Hummus
A fun salad with grapes, radish, rocket and sprouts.
A fun salad with grapes, radish, rocket and sprouts with a maple lemon soy dressing.
Thai Style Dumplings stuffed with fragrant Cape Malay Babotie Pineapple Ginger Chilli Chutney
Thai Style Dumplings stuffed with fragrant Cape Malay Babotie
Pineapple Ginger Chilli Chutney
Roast of Teriyaki Turmeric Crusted Rolled Pork Belly stuffed with Apple and Sage Butter (chicken and vegetarian option available) Roshti Potato with Garlic, Thyme and Spring Onion Carrot and Ginger Puree Apple and Sage Gravy
Roast of Teriyaki Turmeric Crusted Rolled Pork Belly stuffed with Apple and Sage Butter (chicken and vegetarian option available)
Roshti Potato with Garlic, Thyme and Spring Onion
Carrot and Ginger Puree
Apple and Sage Gravy
Deep Fried Tempura Malva Pudding with Rooibos Infused Sauce
Deep Fried Tempura Malva Pudding with Rooibos Infused Sauce

This is definitely a must try. It’s a homely, charming, seriously tasty and unpretentious lunch.

For more information about the Gecko Culinary Adventures Long Table lunches sign up for their newsletters or keep an eye on their events page:  http://geckoschool.co.za/functions-special-occasions/

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