Since its opening, NV-80 has become a popular dining solution for not only locals in the area but also the rest of Cape Town. On any given evening you can expect the restaurant to be full of guests, from families, friends and first dates, NV-80’s menu caters to all groups and occasions. The menu has a lot to offer in terms of variety with a number of seafood and meats dishes available, again making it a restaurant that caters to everyone.
For starters we chose the caramelised pear and gorgonzola salad and the grilled calamari tubes. Even though the pear and gorgonzola salad might now be considered a little retro it was still well done and was a good start to the dinner. The calamari was perfectly cooked; the portion size generous. For mains we selected the ribeye, served with Café de Paris butter and Queen Prawns with a salad as our second selection. The ribeye was perfectly tender and cooked well, but lacked a depth of flavour which was almost corrected with the café de Paris. It’s worth ordering a few sides for the table, as as much effort is put into these as with the mains. The roast vegetables were perfectly cooked and delicious with a squeeze of lemon. The prawns could not be faulted – besides being tender and perfectly cooked they also had a delicious slightly charred taste to them and were seasoned to perfection.
We finished dinner of with a Valrhona chocolate mousse and mint custard and an espresso with a dash of grappa. Without a doubt the mousse and custard were a hit with the espresso and grappa being the ideal way to end the meal. Overall NV-80 offers good bistro food that makes for an everyday, every occasion dining experience with good service to match.
A concise but interesting wine list including French Champagne for a special occasion. The cocktail menu offers some unusual and delightful choices – try the Green Tea, made with absinthe, if you dare!
Every staff member in NV-80 delivers service that is not only professional but, most importantly, effortless. This makes the dining experience that much more enjoyable.
You’d be forgiven for forgetting that the restaurant is situated inside a mall as the large windows are covered with large blinds, which does create a better setting. The oversized print on the wallpaper covers most of the restaurant and adds to the size of the venue, which is smartly filled with black tables, chairs and a beautiful bar which catches your eye in a subtle way with soft, mood setting lights. There’s no doubt that the venue was well thought out to accommodate a lot of people in one sitting, without making it feel overcrowded and cramped.
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