Conveniently situated at one of the world’s most iconic destinations, the V&A branch of Harbour House takes full advantage of its marina-facing location, offering superb seafood dishes that are as fresh as the ocean air. (Of course, those who prefer land-based food need not turn away, as the diverse menu offers a host of impeccably prepared non-seafood dishes, too, including vegan and vegetarian options.)
On the jetty near the world-famous Victoria & Alfred Mall, the restaurant boasts a white-washed interior, with outdoor seating for those who are keen to soak up the harbourside atmosphere.
With a creative collection of cocktails on offer – best enjoyed on the upper deck along with delicious small plates such as salmon carpaccio, tempura prawns, smoked salmon fishcakes and more (the deck also has its own sushi bar, which caters to the not-so-hungry) – it’s the perfect place to recline on one of the couches while watching the yachts pull in and out of the marina. I had a Crazy Cranbucha (vodka, elderflower, granadilla, lime, cranberry juice and kombucha) and a prawn kiss (avo roses, prawn, sesame, sweet chilli, teriyaki) before heading to the restaurant downstairs for dinner.
Salt of the sea
The extensive seafood menu includes linefish prepared in a variety of ways. Take your pick from Norwegian salmon, swordfish, kingklip and more (hauled in fresh on the day, so availability does play a role); and have it prepared with artichoke and leek ragout; or perhaps some squid ink risotto (just two of the many options available). Aside from the myriad linefish options, there are hearty main dishes such as crayfish, calamari, seafood pasta, and bountiful seafood platters.
And while the seafood dishes come highly recommended, there are so many other options to choose from, including rib-eye steak, gnocchi, and a rack of lamb. Vegans are catered for with the roasted king oyster mushroom, served with gremolata, hummus, tenderstem broccoli, lentil croquettes, and roasted cherry tomatoes.
We had the house salad to start, which was fresh, prettily plated and packed with tasty goodies, including avocado, crispy bacon, Parmesan, soft-boiled egg, croutons and so on. The masala-dusted calamari was delicious, as was the new-style sashimi, and our favourite of the night was the artichoke and leek ragout with kingklip!
If it’s your thing, save room for dessert – we had the ultra-creamy New York-style cheesecake. No words necessary.
Whether you’re after a sushi pick-me-up between shopping, crunchy prawn croquettes and sundowners on the upper deck, or a festive meal with friends, Harbour House V&A Waterfront won’t disappoint.
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