Renowned for its picturesque location and dining rooms on the edge of the rocks, Harbour House in Kalk Bay suitably impresses, with breathtaking views, lavish seafood and a price tag to match.
The ocean-themed menu kicks things off with plump West Coast mussels in wine, cream, garlic and thyme. It continues to hot seafood soup, cold gazpacho, ceviche and the tian of prawns. For mains, the Mozambican style peri-peri prawns pack a punch of spicy flavour and glistens in the golden sauce. Coming with chips or rice and a tomato salad, it makes for a generous main. Share their shellfish or seafood platters with calamari, mussels, prawns, crayfish and line fish, or opt for their well-executed sushi.
Don't miss the specials board listing the catch of the day and sometimes old classics like avo ritz and sole Florentine. The sole Florentine surprised, with a rather modern interpretation of a smooth spinach sauce and fish grilled to perfection. While seafood is a natural choice here, meat eaters can enjoy beef carpaccio, steak tartare, prime cuts of beef, as well as a rack of lamb. Vegetarian options are scant but there is a potato and parmesan gnocchi and there are salads available.
To satisfy your sweet tooth there are few well-made classics. Choose from the New York-style cheese cake, crème brûlée, lemon tart or the trio of sorbets.
During the winter months, they do have a set menu that has a more visibly meaty appeal. Check their website to avoid disappointment.
On offer is a good selection of cocktails, craft beers, local and international bubbly and a variety of Cape wines. A personal favourite is the Cape Point vineyards sauvignon blanc, which is a perfect companion to seafood.
The service is friendly but frantic and a bit disorganised. We had to flag down a waiter to seat us at our reserved table and waited a while before being attended to. Having said that, staff are knowledgeable and the kitchen is relatively speedy for such a large restaurant.
A beachhouse theme is well executed, with white floors and walls featuring splashes of blue. Booking a table in advance will ensure a prime spot next to one of the balconies to enjoy the uninterrupted views of the waves crashing on the rocks right next to you.
They have branches at the V&A Waterfront and in Constantia.
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