Joburg is full of surprises. Surprise lightning storms, surprise pot holes, surprise power outages. But mostly good surprises, like a pop-up restaurant based around the concept of a Scottish Whisky, housed in a old mining warehouse that has been converted into a hip market in a forgotten, industrial corner of the city.
Copper Salmon at the Sheds at 1Fox is the work of The Singleton of Dufftown, a Speyside distillery that markets its single malt whiskys to the African market. The concept of Copper Salmon is to pair a Singleton-based cocktail with each course of a deliciously crafted, locally inspired menu. Obviously, we couldn’t help but book ourselves a reservation.
And what a nice surprise it was! When we arrived for our reservation, we were ushered past the industrial-chic bar to a long, communal table, lit by candles and surrounded by modern, African murals. And then the food and cocktails started coming.
Over the course of the evening, we were served a trio of unique starters (pate, beef tongue, and a mushroom puff), mains of oxtail croquettes for me and rabbit roulade wrapped in parma ham for Spencer, and a dessert of Malva pudding (South Africa’s take on sticky toffee pudding) served with whiskey infused ice cream. My mouth is watering just remembering it all.
As amazing as the food was, the real stars of the evening were the cocktails. The first course paired with the Singleton Tailfire mixed with grape and peppercorn syrup, and it may just my new favorite cocktail of all time. The cocktails served with the main course were presented in the most unique way (there was a treasure box involved!). The pudding was matched with the Singleton 12 year old, served neat. Every aspect of the dinner was thoughtfully designed and expertly executed.
This was hands down one of the most interesting and tasty food and drink experiences I have ever experienced, and it was all for only 150 Rand per person ($10). The Copper Salmon is only going to be around until the end of April, so if you happen to be in town, do yourself a favor and book a table (only open on weekends, and pretty early hours). There is no website, but you can find out more on Facebook at theSingletonSA or on twitter @theSingletonSA.
We probably won’t get a chance to go again before it closes, but what a happy surprise that we found it in time! Johannesburg just keeps getting cooler in my eyes.