This modern brasserie still feels new and exciting, even though it’s already been open for three years! It might have something to do with the eclectic decor; think floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and oversized glass vases bearing huge fern fronds. New chef Stephen Mandes (ex Cape Grace, Belmond Mount Nelson and De Grendel) has put his stamp on the menu, with the introduction of the dual-sided cast-iron grids that he uses for grilling meat and seafood and slow-roasting lamb. It’s open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktails and dinner, serving a delectable range of classic and Asian-influenced dishes. We tried the Winter Special Menu, and were suitably impressed.
What’s on the Winter Special Menu
Go all out and order the value-for-money three-course menu (R250), or simply opt for two courses (R195), both of which include a glass of house red or white wine.
Starter Braised pork neck in an Asian broth of edamame beans, broccoli, and homemade noodles
Main A choice between slow-roasted lamb shank, with creamed potato and cauliflower, root vegetables, basil aioli and classic red wine jus or homemade tagliatelle with
Gorgonzola, walnut, spinach and crisp onion
Dessert One of chef Stephen’s homemade desserts. On the night we dined there, we had the white chocolate fondant with mixed berry sorbet and strawberry “leather”, which was superb and the perfect end to a delicious, satisfying meal.
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Date Monday – Sunday
Time 11.30am – 11pm (kitchen closes at 10pm)
Location V&A Waterfront