This is one of our family favourites. We always do a mussels and frites with some local beer on tap. I must say though, that over the last year or so, somehow the experience isn't as good as it use to be. Despite this, sitting on the mountain side watching over the harbour is a really epic Cape Town experience.
I'm not a huge beer fan but I have to say that after going to Den Anker many many times in the past, we tried the Beer tasting which was so interesting - from sweet to wheat and many in between, it was a taste sensation and thoroughly enjoyable.
This of course was followed by their legendary mussels in beer which never disappoint and their delicious steak tartare. Consistency is key for me and here Den Anker scores hands down. These two dishes are favorites of mine and a regular Saturday special treat!
Of course when coupled with the view of the magnificent Table Mountain it is always a special spot to savour and enjoy life.
When we dined here 9 years ago, we vowed we wouldn't come back but last week we somehow landed back there and what do you know? Another bad dining experience. On arrival we saw the manager returning food to the kitchen and that should have made us leave.
I ordered the kingklip and as
I usually do, I asked the waiter if the fish was fresh. Am affirmative reply 'we get fresh fish in daily' he said. Two pieces of kingklip were served to me and the first one was so old and fishy, the second piece even worse. The manager came and immediately replaced my order. When I said I would have the risotto,,meh persuaded me to rather try another piece of kingklip. ( perhaps the risotto was not good either.?) Another piece of kingklip arrived , better and fresher, but not amazing.
Funnily enough, the couple behind us from Perth, who had just stepped off The Queen Mary sent both their main dishes back too and since we had something in common, we spoke about the poor food this restaurant serves. They, as we were, were offered dessert on the house, but if the manager was truly apologetic for serving stale and old food, he should have waived the bill, or at least the dish.
Too many South Africans accept below standard fare. Den Anker happens to be in a good location but the food and customer care is disgraceful. We will certainly never return there.
Another good lunch here, the menu may not change that often, but the service was excellent, the food good, the location in the V&A is splendid, and you don't have to be a beer drinker (let alone Belgian beers), to enjoy the bar, indoor and outdoor seating and the view. Good wines by the glass (reasonably priced), welcomed on arrival and Odette who served us was absolutely 'spot-on'. Often taken for granted, this remains one of the better V&A options.
Lunch on 06/04 was extremely poor. The waitress was totally absent minded, we waited for 12-15 minutes to get a bubbles refill. The Kingklip was average, the Duck was cold and raw. The Choc mouse was good and the Irish also good. Won't see me again. At R1k for 3 without starters and 1 btle avg bubbles 2 deserts a rip-off. manager tried his best but not a good experience at all.