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The menu is extensive – you’ll need to spend at least 10 minutes reading through the appetizers, salads, vegetarian, seafood, meat, dessert, dim sum, sushi and tapas options.
Sharing is highly recommended: portions are generous, and you won’t be able to taste everything.
The restaurant is best known for its seafood, but tapas is always a great idea. A choice of four tapas is R220 and eight is R440. Options include vegetarian, fish and meat. The sesame tuna medallions marinated in tataki sauce is meaty and filling and the pork riblets (three in a portion) are grilled in a sweet and sticky BBQ sauce. The sushi is fresh and beautifully prepared but make sure you register the number per portion, which is generally two to six here at The Codfather. Chef specialities includes the strawberry and salmon rainbow rolls, the Rolex – deep-fried California rolls with cream cheese, crab and avocado in tempura batter.
Seafood choices range from East Coast sole and Falklands baby calamari for about R160 to 10 Mozambiquan prawns marinated and grilled in chilli, garlic, lemon and olive oil for R230 to the Codfather platter for two for R500 and includes grilled calamari, crayfish tails (grilled and thermidor), six king prawns, two langoustines, octopus, mussels, crab in a creamy garlic sauce on a bed of savoury rice.
Vegans and vegetarians are catered for with among other delectable dishes, a tomato three-bean curry and mushroom risotto. For the meat-eaters, a rib-eye steak, beef or ostrich fillet coated with natural homemade jus and served with a rocket and parmesan salad is a fail-safe choice.
Do ask the watron for specials that aren’t on the menu. Classic desserts such as malva pudding, waffles, panna cotta, crème brulée and chocolate fondant should not be missed.
A comprehensive menu of local and international champagne, and wines are available ranging from R45 for a glass of Fairview La Beryl Blanc to as much R12,000 for a bottle of Armand de Brignac Rosé.
Staff is warm and friendly and well-versed on the menu options, including offering what’s not on it in terms specials.
After relocated from Rivonia five years ago, Morningside seems to be a better fit for this institution – the space boasts an outdoors area, indoor smoking section and sunny open-plan indoor dining area, plus a pool and sunset deck. If you’re looking for a private dining option, you can book the restaurant’s wine cellar, which can seat up to 20 guests, or 10 for a more intimate gathering. Set menus are also available to cater for larger functions, both in the main restaurant and the sunset deck.
Best for …
a large group of friends on a weekend night or sundowners on the pool deck after a long working day.