La Parada at Constantia Nek

La Parada at Constantia Nek

The iconic property has undergone a revamp with the opening of this successful franchise.

Southern suburb gourmands danced a jig of joy when the Harbour House Group (which owns Tiger’s Milk, Easy Tiger, Live Bait and the Harbour House restaurants) took over the historic restaurant at Constantia Nek in October 2015 and announced plans to open La Parada! Flash forward almost a year to a very busy opening weekend at the just-launched La Parada Constantia Nek, which swung open its doors on Friday, 23 September 2016.

But that’s not all

La Parada is not the only new addition to Constantia Nek; a third Harbour House restaurant has opened next door that will surely complement the stellar offering that the V&A Waterfront and Kalk Bay restaurants provide.

Something old, something new

Since May, the restaurant at Constantia Nek has been closed for extensive renovations. And, because of its legacy (did you know it was the oldest restaurant in Cape Town?), the architects were very careful to ensure that the upgrades did not detract from the beauty and timelessness of this grand old dame.

The century-old building’s exterior has been retained, while the interior has been lightened and modernised, and the gardens neatened, to provide even better views of the surrounding vineyards, sea and mountains.

Let’s eat!

La Parada’s new menu is bursting with a delicious variety of tapas and sharing plates, which have been carefully conceived by executive chef Martin Senekai. Do not – under any circumstances – leave without trying the Serrano Ham Croquetas (R55) served with whole grain mustard aioli! Also, perhaps don’t expect five-star service just yet. The staff is still finding its feet and its operations team is not fully optimal just yet…

Insider tip There have been a lot of new restaurant openings within the Harbour House Group: Tiger’s Milk in Claremont and Century City, as well as Easy Tiger in Kalk Bay, Bree Street, Muizenberg and now Kenilworth. Oh, and don’t forget to try Live Bait in Muizenberg, too!

(Temporary line) 076 605 3947
La Parada – 021 795 0620,
Harbour House – 021 795 0688,

Address 1 Hout Bay Road, Constantia, Cape Town


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Time of publication: 26 September 2016

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14 Responses to “La Parada at Constantia Nek”

  1. Daphne Bradbury

    Lunched there today and loved it. Excellent service from a young very knowledgeable waiter, food arrived quickjy and efficiently. And boy was it delish. Vibey, lovely surroundings, great food great service whats not to love. This place is definitely going to become a favourite destination.

  2. Nikki

    Amen to that! Long awaited overhaul and can’t wait to visit at Christmas. The previous place was a disaster in every respect.

  3. Tarrian

    Just love everything about the new local! Have Been 3 times already.
    I have to recommend the pork belly, prawn croquettes and grilled calamari tapas, absolutely divine.

  4. Hennie

    was there for lunch yesterday with friends. We had a selection of tapas and it was very good, really amazing. The service was very good and friendly and will definitely be back .

  5. Barbara Stephenson

    Went there last night. Loved the experience. Love the way the interior has not changed so drastically that you can’t recognize it. Great memories of parties there. The food was fabulous. It will be a huge success. Looking forward to more….

  6. Linda

    We have waited with baited breath for Tigers Milk to open in Claremont (right opposite our gallery) and we are delighted by how awesome it looks. Hope you are hugely successful in our area. Looking forward to visiting your Constantia Nek location too. Congratulations!

  7. Dee During

    Cannot wait to try when I get down to Cape Town. Have such fond memories of going every Sunday as a kid growing up in Constantia.

  8. Robin Philip

    Congratulations to Michael and the Harbour House Team. I popped in with friends and family for a celebratory drink this evening on what would have been my late Dad Barry Philip’s birthday. We have very fond memories of the many years we owned, managed and enjoyed Constantia Nek up until 1985 . . Michael, the place looks awesome – your team have done an exceptional job of retaining the old character and bringing it to life. There was a great vibe and I bumped into many friends from way back! Thank you and wishing you the best of success.

    • Morgan Vesty

      Popped in too look at the revamped restuarant. Was blown away. It looks fabulous. Looking forward to trying out the new menus. Have fond memories of the “Nek” waitressing under the ownership / management of both Barry Philip and Hans Muller.
      Congratulations on the new venture. I look forward to building new memories

  9. Carla Fletcher

    Fabulous – what are Opening and Closing times for both Restaurants please – good luck and see you soon

  10. Sue

    Would be fabulous to see some on-line photos

  11. Wolfgang Huber

    I wish the “Old Lady” and it’s new team that the good old times come back. I was managing the lady from 1988 to 1996. Best wishes also to Alex and Ralph Müller. Keep up your vision. You will see me soon.

  12. Annelies

    Tapas delicious. Service friendly but slow and disorganised but it’s understandable as they need to find their groove. What a pity the outside area is for smokers. We had to move inside to try and breathe but the smokers fumes follow you in. Would be great to stick the smokers in a corner behind the wall somewhere.

    • Jennifer

      Maybe it’s time that people who can’t enjoy a vibey place stopped going to them instead of being a killjoy