Café classics are Tasha’s strong suit, and you may find yourself lingering over the extensive menu. Kick your morning off with the citrus surprise, which combines zesty citrus and banana with honey cream yoghurt, crunchy oat crumble and pistachios doused with rose syrup, which imparts a fragrant, slightly floral flavour. Other breakfast options include the vegetarian breakfast royale (served on seeded bread), consisting of two perfectly poached eggs on your choice of asparagus spears or wilted spinach with a lemony sauce for zest. Try Tasha’s glorious steak stack: 150g steak, grilled onions, mushrooms and grilled tomato topped with an egg, for a breakfast of champions.
Lunchgoers are also spoilt for choice: from sarmies and salads, to quesadillas and burgers. Fill the gap with the mighty harissa lamb sandwich. It features pulled roast lamb with harissa paste, hummus and roasted aubergine with yoghurt and pickled onions on toasted bread. Scrumptious, satisfying and value for your buck, especially considering its enormity.
Give the butternut salad a whirl (even the half portion is huge!). It’s a fresh, simple salad of roast butternut, roast tomatoes, greens, pine nuts, avo and your choice of feta or goat’s cheese (delicious either way) served with an orange-and-mustard dressing.
For dinner, the sticky beef ribs (from the ‘Inspired By’ menu) will have you licking your fingers. It’s generously portioned and comes with both fries and corn. Spanish tapas are perfect for easy eating – from calamari and hake bites to fried squid heads and the noteworthy patatas bravas.
Head over to the cake counter for something sweet.
A small selection of local beers and wines, as well as a few interesting cocktails, sangrias and shakes.
When it gets really busy, service can be on the slow side. But they’re normally friendly and efficient.
Inspired by Spain, the stylish interiors are a thing of beauty. Terracotta pots hanging from the ceiling grab the attention. Inside it’s light, airy and contemporary.
While the classic menu is the same across all branches, the “Inspired By” menu features unique items.
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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.
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.
Very laid-back at times, but friendly and warm; things can unravel when busy.
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.
Try park in the area in front of the restaurant or in front of the Table Bay Hotel.
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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.
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 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.
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.
If you’ve a sweet tooth, the strawberry cheesecake is a must-have.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re part of a big table or crowd, the large platters they offer would be just the thing