Long known for their support of local farmers and suppliers, as well as minimum waste policy, Executive Chef Matthew Foxon from 54 on Bath’s fine-dining Level Four restaurant is welcoming Jozi’s warmer weather with a new summer menu and its signature focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
His reputation for unearthing sustainable local produce from small to medium suppliers continues onto Level Four’s summer menu with his latest find – an innovative new app for chefs that connects them with what’s available from small-scale South African fishers on the Western Cape coast.
Foxon’s discovery of the Abalobi app (www.abalobi.info) allowed him to change Level Four’s approach to fish on the menu because of the amazing variety available on the app. “Our ‘Sustainable line fish’ with roasted peppers, caper berry, pickles, and gremolata, was created to support the fish as the superstar of the dish. It’s proving to be a real winner on the menu.” When customers order the Abalobi fish from the Level Four menu, they are also given a QR code that provides fascinating details of the fish and where and when it was caught, as well as the fisher and his history.
Renowned for its commitment to sustainable local sourcing of produce, Level Four was the first Johannesburg restaurant to start using the Abalobi app.
The participating fishers on the Abalobi initiative – #fromhooktocook – load their ‘catch of the day’ onto the app, and when and where it was caught, chefs are then notified and can purchase off the app. Systems are in place for fresh and fast delivery.
In addition to the incomparably fresh line fish, Level Four’s new menu features favourites that have been tweaked for the summer season, as well as fresh new dishes.
Chef Matthew has been working closely with Dalewood Fromage cheesery in the Western Cape to create a selection of perfectly ripened cheeses exclusively for 54 on Bath, which means “our customers are getting the cheese when it is at its best”, he says.
To book a fine-dining lunch or dinner and experience Level Four’s fresh new offering, visit their website here… or call 011 344 8442.