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Tashas (V&A Waterfront)

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Cost
R170
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool, Hip & happening
Food
Health food, Mediterranean, Modern, Spanish
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
Although all the tashas branches have the same menu all over the country, each one has a unique house menu. This eatery serves tapas and other Mexican and Spanish offerings. On the standard menu, breakfasts are legendary and feature comforting items like polenta porridge topped with crispy bacon, mushrooms, poached egg and parmesan shavings. There’s also delicious pain perdu, toasted brioche with berries, mascarpone and crème anglaise, which should really set you up for the day. The vast menu features fabulous burgers with all the trimmings, steaks, lamb cutlets, pastas and plenty of health options like quinoa dishes and brown rice chicken salad. During the day there excellent cakes, muffins and toasted sandwiches to fill the mid-morning or -afternoon gaps. On the Spanish side, you’ll find excellent tapas like the famous patatas bravas, hake bites, and paella with chorizo and seafood as well as very good seafood casserole.

Drinks
There’s a representative but small list of some of the best Cape wines, as well as jugs of white, red, cava, or beer sangrias to help the Spanish stuff along.

Service
Very laid-back at times, but friendly and warm; things can unravel when busy.

Ambience
The large long room overlooks the car par at the V&A – very LA, with the ocean just beyond. Décor is light, airy and very sunny in the afternoon when the sun sets, especially in summer. It’s popular with the ladies who lunch, and love the pastries and cocktails on offer.

And...
Try park in the area in front of the restaurant or in front of the Table Bay Hotel.

(September 2016)

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  • Hope Malau

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    This tashas branch at the V&A Waterfront boasts majestic views of the harbour. The menu consists of a wide variety of healthy dishes, from classic tapas, sumptuous breakfasts and lunch and decadent dinners. For the tapas, delve into peri-peri chicken livers served with fresh baked bread, or enjoy some of the main menu options like the ever-popular meaty beef burger with fries or polenta chips and tzatziki. For a banting-friendly option, try the burgers with a lettuce cup instead of a bun, or sink your teeth into the spicy harissa lamb sandwich served on toasted village bread. Seafood lovers will most certainly enjoy the tasty seafood and chorizo paella before trying the decadent desserts that are on display.

    Drinks
    They offer a very wide variety of wines in comparison to most restaurants. Every variety has four different choices and the least expensive bottle offers a glass. Also available are a good range of hot and cold drinks.

    Service
    Service can fall short during the hustle and bustle of the busy lunch hour. With the extensive menu options available, it would be better if some of the top-selling dishes were sold by the waiters – it’ll make the dining experience and decision-making a tad simpler. Nevertheless, the food makes it all worth it.

    Ambience
    Upon entering the restaurant, the chic UK coffeeshop feel sets the tone for a delightful dining experience. Earthy colours abound and lots of natural light envelopes the room, while sultry lounge music and the chatter of patrons show that tashas is a modern-day hub for business people and foodies alike.

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    If you’ve a sweet tooth, the strawberry cheesecake is a must-have.

    (October 2015)

  • Greg Landman

    Food 
    Each tashas has something to distinguish it from another, and this one’s speciality is tapas, of which they have a vast range, divided into vegetarian options, meat, salads, seafood and so on. The portions are generous, a lot more than you would find in Spain (the birthplace of tapas) and some other tapas places in Cape Town. The ubiquitous patatas bravas turn out to be baby potatoes halved and deep fried, anointed with a spicy sauce and mayo, served with the dinkiest little toothpicks. Spicy chicken livers are smaller portioned and also more authentic, and the battered hake bites, served with a rich mayonnaise, are irresistible. Nibbles include spiced nuts and olives, just the thing to keep that thirst going, and the crème Catalan (the Spanish custard dessert similar to the crème brûlée) is silky smooth and rich. Various tortas (little Spanish cakes) with flavours of almond, orange, and apple take up the sweet slack. And of course the usual famous tashas menu is also available.

    Drinks 
    Tashas offers a very good selection of wines (some with serious mark-ups), which includes some excellent Spanish examples (at a price) and real sherry, by the glass, which is well priced. You can also take your pick from sangria in four varieties: red, white, cava and also beer, which is new.

    Service 
    The service can slow down a bit when they’re busy, but in general it's friendly and professional. Relax and get into the swing of things.

    Ambience 
    Located in a long room of the ocean side of the V&A Waterfront, but with no view to speak of, the venue is nevertheless bursting with light, especially later in the day when the afternoon sun cruises by. Furnished with light and easy chairs, this is just the space to relax with friends for a nibble and some drinks, which is what the clientele seems to love doing. There is a definite buzz.

    And... 
    If you’re part of a big table or crowd, the large platters they offer would be just the thing

    (July 2014)

User reviews

  • Tashas Definitely Deserve 5 Stars!!! Best Burgers in #CAPETOWN!!! In my mind, I literally checked every box as I enjoyed my meal and drinks! Excellent service from start to finish. My Friends and I had done some Tashas shopping that day and decided to end it off with dinner at Tashas and certainly did not regret our decision. The food didn’t disappoint at all. It was my first time and I truly wouldn’t mind going back and next time not to judge their food and service but to relax and fill my stomach of course! The vibe was great, waiter was real friendly. I couldn’t decide on a drink and asked him to recommend one for me, and he suggested a variety of great drinks, which myself and friends tried out… If you do decide to pop in, try their chicken prego, mini burgers, squids and Pastas … #FoodGasms without a doubt!
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  • Don't believe all the reviews on Tasha's V&A Waterfront - I went there yesterday and they couldn't get their act together to accommodate a large group. Not everyone enjoyed the food, the chap next to me complained that his pasta was bland and lacked salt. The Menu is more varied for breakfast and brunch, dinner not so much and most items on dinner menu is over R250 for a main course. I had a half portion chicken caesar salad that cost around R96. I decided to have the remainder for lunch today and found a small cockroach in between the slices of parmesan! The place looks great, but if this is the kind of experience people have to look forward to, I can't see the place lasting too long...
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  • We always have a great time at Tashas. Great menu, wine glasses and service.
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  • Excellent food and EXCELLENT waiters!!!!!!!!
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  • Had a great meal at tashas at the Waterfront. The space is ever-so-slightly too dimly-lit at night, and the long, thin space seems a little sparse. Enjoyed the food though - their menu really is full of tempting dishes. Loved the wine glasses - real vast goblets.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
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  • Lunch
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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