Last week, we were invited on a date night to Dash Restaurant. I was really looking forward to it as due to life being very busy, we hadn’t been able to do date nights in a couple of weeks and I was missing that. From what I had seen it was quite a smart restaurant so I was also looking forward to getting dressed up a bit and, to be very honest, being served. One of the great joys of going out for dinner is that it’s one less supper to make at home and all I need to do is sit…and eat…and eat we did!
Besides a brief stint overseas for 5 years, I have lived in Cape Town my whole life. I have been to the Waterfront many a time before but I had no idea that this part of the Waterfront existed! It was easy enough to find but it was so lovely discovering this part and what a beautiful part it is. The cobble stoned paving and old world architecture of the surrounding hotel and building give it such character and charm. We were greeted warmly by the doorman and upon entering were offered drinks outside before heading in to eat and gladly took up the offer. The decor is quite opulent and chic and although one might attach or assume pretension to this, the staff help to make it warm and relaxed. It was a beautiful evening and sitting outside on the balcony with the majestic view of Table Mountain (amidst lots of cranes as well…lots of building going on in these parts) was just perfect. Although it took a bit of time to order our drinks, we enjoyed them when they arrived and were quite content. Sitting outside admiring the view, I said to my husband it felt like I could breathe for the first time that week. And that this is what I love about our date nights. Having the chance to sit and just breathe…
So after breathing, it was time for eating. It started with some bread and two types of delicious butters. Normally I skip bread but it looked so good I had to have some and it was definitely worth it…that butter on the fresh bread…what a combination!
For starters we had the beetroot cured salmon and tempura prawns. It was beautifully presented and very delicious. I never knew that I could get so excited about pickled beetroot but it just tasted so good. The combination of the slight sweetness of the beetroot complimented the salmon very well. The prawns were also very good and we polished both dishes off happily.
Before mains, we tried the sorbet to cleanse our pallets. While I liked the idea of it, personally I didn’t find it necessary and I never thought I could complain about getting too much but I did find the portions quite large. As a cleanser, I would just want a taste as opposed to the desert it felt like. Out of Rose, Lime and Lemon, and Apple and Ginger, the Apple and Ginger was our favourite. The other two were a bit too strong in flavour for us.
For mains we had the baby chicken with butternut confit and corn and lamb loin with pearl barley, beetroot puree and roasting jus. Both were delicious. The chicken was tender and tasty and worked really well with the corn. The lamb loin was lovely! The lamb was soft and juicy and the pearl barley when combined with the lamb was just delicious. We both decided to share all our meals but I must admit, I was reluctant to pass the lamb on half way through.
As the portions are very generous, we were feeling pretty stuffed but decided to go the whole way so ordered the hot chocolate fondant and the banana parfait. You might know that if there’s fondant or brownie on the menu, we have to try it. This was very good although after our big meal a little rich and personally, a little too soft in the middle for the way I like it but we still did it justice. The banana parfait was lovely and refreshing.
Being hosted means that we can’t give a totally objective view of the service because naturally one would expect we would get good service. However, when looking around, all the other waiters seemed as attentive, warm and informative as ours was.
We had a lovely chat with the manager Irene, who has such a beautiful way about her that when we said goodbye it only felt right to say it with a hug. And I’m really not the ‘hugging someone I’ve just met’ type but she just had a beautiful energy about her that it felt like the obvious thing to do.
The cherry on the top was in Andile, the porter, taking us into the Dock House Hotel to show us the rooms in there. You know, just in case we really wanted to splash out and decide to spend the night…if only! The rooms are beautiful and the view onto the big wheel lit up with the white curtain blowing in the breeze was like a scene straight from a movie…just gorgeous!
The verdict: if you’re looking for a special occasion restaurant with delicious food, wonderful hospitality and warmth, then I can definitely recommend Dash as a great date night place to go to.
A tip: Although we enjoyed the sounds of the piano, I would sit further away as it did tend to feel a bit loud when trying to have an intimate conversation.
We enjoyed dinner as guests of Dash Restaurant, however I only write my own honest personal opinions. I apologise for not taking pictures (again!) I know I should for my blog’s sake but I struggle with it. I want to eat my food when it comes, not do a photo shoot of it! I’ll get there…maybe…please have a look at their site as the food is so beautifully presented.