We started the meal with DP’s 2011 Sauvignon blanc, paired with a huge beetroot and smoked goats’ cheese salad. Knife have their own smokery and both the cheese and the ribs which followed were smoked in house. The lovely Glenwood merlot accompanied a plate of their signature smoked sticky BBQ baby back ribs. On chatting to Ed Saunders, the owner, Lynne said they reminded her very much of those she used to love at the Rib Shack in Knightsbridge in London and, indeed, that is where Brit Ed used to work – for the brilliant Bob Payton who had a string of successful London theme restaurants. You get down and dirty, eating these ribs with your fingers, but huge tea towels and hot towels are provided to clean you up.

Even John, who prefers to keep his fingers clean to avoid transferring sticky stuff to his camera, enjoyed them. Next, we had a round of good tender beef sirloin on a crisp mushroom crouton with a great black pepper sauce, crisp onion rings and proper French fries. There are so few restaurants who make proper chips/fries and it is a huge treat when we find one. This paired well with the soft fruity and spicy 2010 Shiraz/Merlot blend which, we were delighted to learn, costs only about R35 a bottle, so some will definitely be coming home with us soon. The dessert, a wicked sticky toffee pudding with lots of caramel sauce and cream, finished a lovely meal. DP served his Semillon 2006 noble late harvest wine, which he explained is not for sale to the public.

He said it was a complete accident in the making, because a few rows of his Semillon, accidentally left on the vine, were discovered when they returned from holiday and successfully vinified. Knife are running these dinners regularly, check out their web site for details and do not hesitate to visit this fun restaurant with your friends for an enjoyable night out. We think it’s a great place for singles to meet.”

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