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Chef is the new smart sister restaurant of La Boheme Bistro and Sea Grill, a landmark for good Med-inspired fare in Sea Point. You can share tasty and colourful tapas, tender calamari tubes, buttery, garlicky mussels and grilled sardines, spicy crumbed prawns dynamite and tuna tataki marinated in soya and ginger.
The preparation, dressings and sauces are classic and simple, expressing the fresh, natural flavours and textures of the fruits of the sea. The seafood is succulently grilled from well-priced butterflied Argentinian wild prawns and seafood platters, to a gourmet spin on line-fish specials of the day chalked up on a blackboard. For mains, signature dishes tempt with a popular seafood jambalaya, pasta or curry, a medley of calamari, prawns, mussels and line-fish simmered in savoury rice, well-seasoned with chilli, paprika and herbs. The food is simply plated and served on tables laid with brown paper sheets. No fuss or frills. The plain cream and salsa sauces which come with the platters are bland – so spicier palates should ask for lemon butter, garlic or peri-peri on the side. Carnivores should opt for the pulled duck risotto or sirloin from the grill – while vegetarians will enjoy a gourmet spin on arancini, mushroom risotto and an aromatic veg curry. For dessert, share decadent homemade chocolate truffles, bursting in the mouth like mini-fondants. Special two and three-course set menus are available with a choice of starter, mains and desserts and are of very good value.
A good selection of affordable wines by carafe and bottle are on offer and suitable for every pocket from a walk-in wine cellar – or beers, cocktails and spirits from the long bar.
Attentive but haphazard when busy. Make sure you receive the correct order.
Casual, a light and airy venue set in one of the old homes on Harfield’s village restaurant row with a great ‘broekie-lace’ terrace for summertime eating – and fabulous large seafood murals.
A long lunch on the terrace or lively dinner celebration with friends
(22 October 2019)
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