Thursday, November 27, 2014

Review: Lamb and Cheesecake at Twiga

I was lucky enough to be invited to the South African restaurant Twiga by the owner. It is located behind the Crown Hotel and across from the Saudi Arabian Embassy. Located on the 5th floor, it doesn't seem like a restaurant at all but a dinner party at a friend's condo. 

On the evening, we were greeted by the owner's very cute daughter who decided to sit at our table to play with her "My Little Pony" and draw. Normally, I would find this quite distracting but she was so cute that we didn't mind the entertainment. 

The owner, Vanita, offered us menus and told us they were currently doing a bit of retooling. She said they were prepping brunch soon but for dinner she had some choice recommendations. We ordered the lamb chops that were topped with some micro greens and over risotto. The lamb chops were massive, juicy and grilled just right (27,000 won). The creamy risotto also went well with the dish and I enjoyed the bit of greenery on top for the dish was so rich. My only complaint was that it could have used a sauce or a mustard to break up the monotony of having so much meat. 

We also had the sausages which were nice handmade sausages served over mashed potatoes and grilled onions. The mashed potatoes were buttery and rich and comforting with the bangers. Such a simple dish, but one that was a pleasant reminder of meals back home. 

For dessert, we had a slice of their homemade amarula cheesecake. This was the star of the evening and the reason to dine here. Wow... A massive square of luscious custardy cheese that was creamy, tart, and voluminous.  The passion fruit amarula liquor added a sophistication to the dessert as well. I mean it was dense yet airy and velvety. It was moist and rich and the crust was snappy as you forced the fork through it. This is one of the finest cheesecakes I have had in Korea and on par with the ones i have had in Chicago and New York City. It was also served with rich dollops of chocolate mousse. 

Overall, a fine dining experience and a great place to take a loved one or for a business meeting. It is a bit hard to find so I recommend you use the mapping application. 

Geoloc: 37.53149,126.99180
Address: Seoul,Yongsan-gu Itaewondong 36-69 5th Floor
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Disclosure: I was invited by restaurant and they paid for my meal but I wrote of my own volition and the opinions are my own.