Sam Talbot’s Imperial No. Nine Going South African — For a Week

Photo: Melissa Hom

In a couple of weeks — July 13 to 18, to be exact — Sam Talbot will temporarily turn over Imperial No. Nine’s kitchen to South African chef Peter Tempelhoff. Why should you care? Because Tempelhoff will be serving some interesting-sounding dishes, including abalone carpaccio and “wild” oysters with smoked-ostrich tartar. They’re still working out pricing, but adventurous eaters unafraid of celebrity-chef overload (and still-unknown prices) can make reservations by calling the restaurant.

South African Seafood Menu

Shaved Abalone Carpaccio, Seared Tuna, Pickled Mushrooms, Wasabi, Powdered Dressing
Buitenverwachting Husseys Vlei Sauvignon 2009
Wild Oyster, Smoked Ostrich Tartar, Horseradish, Avocado and Heirloom Tomatoes
Mulderbosch Cabernet Rosé 2009
Malay Scented Fish Risotto, Seared Abalone, Perlemoen Popcorn
Ken Forrester Meinert Chenin FMC 2009
Madagascan Chocolate Square, Passion Fruit Panna Cotta, Amarula Ice Cream
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2005