Chef Ryan Cole Opens Coy at the V&A Waterfront

Coy Chef Ryan

A relaxed fine-dining exploration of seafood, hidden in plain sight.

Award-winning chef Ryan Cole of Salsify is opening his second restaurant – it’s at the V&A Waterfront with views over harbour and yacht basin. Just as Salsify celebrates the flavours of the mountain slopes it’s perched on, Coy looks to the ocean for inspiration, “At Coy we will present an ocean-inspired exploration of African produce, age-old preparation techniques, forgotten ingredients and ways of cooking,” says Ryan. “The ocean is on our doorstep and the mountain provides an exceptional backdrop, so it’s only natural that we draw inspiration from them both.”

Hidden in plain sight refers to its tucked-away location, away from the main bustle of the Waterfront. They’ve taken over a standalone building strategically positioned beside the Bascule Bridge, where you can watch ocean-going yachts slide by under the raised bridge, against a backdrop of Table Mountain. The beautifully designed new space has moody and sophisticated interiors, a central fireplace (and an art collection curated by Everard Read) and is designed by Cape Town-based KT Interiors.

Relaxed fine dining

Coy Chefs

Expect a relaxed take on fine dining, a strong focus on sustainable, ethical and locally sourced ingredients and plenty of ferments, with Ryan’s characteristic dedication to searching out the nuance and essence of each ingredient and presenting it beautifully on the plate. While seafood dominates, that’s not to say there won’t be a fair share of ethically sourced meat on the menu too. Ryan will be cooking alongside head chefs Geoffrey Abrahams and Teenola Govender (previously head chefs at The Red Room).

Coy Harbour

We can’t wait to taste the sparkling new menu as Ryan embarks on this new adventure.

Opening 9 August 2024
Opening times Wednesday – Monday, 12pm – 9.30pm
Contact 021 010 6444,
Where to find it Scheryn Pavilion Building, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan

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Time of publication: 10 July 2024