The Waterside Restaurant

2 Reviews
Contemporary fare, Fine-dining food, Halaal Friendly *
Phone Number 0218796329 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon to 2pm

Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6.30 to 8.30pm


Menu - Updated menus available on the website.


Chefs Menu (R1295 per person)
Contemporary fare, Fine-dining food, Halaal Friendly *
Chefs Menu (R1295 per person)
Family friendly, Groups, Special occasions, Views
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Beer served, Booking required, Child friendly, Cocktails, Dinner, Dress code, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Vegetarian, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

Like its big sister, Pier, upstairs, The Waterside combines two of Cape Town’s biggest drawcards: haute cuisine and ocean views. It’s billed as the casual alternative to Pier, which means they’ve ditched the white tablecloths and created a terrace perfect for lazy summer lunches but retained the impeccable service and experiential dining. The kitchen at The Waterside is headed up by Roxy Mudie. Fun foodie fact: it was while dining with her parents at the original La Colombe at Constantia Uitsig that a 15-year-old Roxy decided being a chef was the career for her. With a preference for Asian-fusion cuisine, it’s not surprising that Roxy has created a menu with a decided slant towards Asian (Thai, Korean, Chinese, Japanese) and Middle Eastern flavour profiles. However, there is a slight nod to local food heritage with a little smoked snoek here, and a dash of Cape Malay apricot there. In addition to a seasonal lunch special and Chef’s Menu, The Waterside offers diners the choice of a slightly more compact (and below the R1000 mark) Reduced Menu. Vegetarian alternatives are available on request. A showstopper that straddles all three menus is the mushroom dumpling course – a rich, spicy, umami affair inspired by the chef’s travels to Hong Kong. The delicate, silky pan-fried shiitake-and-king oyster dumplings are served with pickled shimeji and pickled kohlrabi, while the dashi – poured at the table – has a hint of porcini. Also look out for the cauliflower risotto (with curry leaves, smoked labneh for extra creaminess, and delicious crunchiness from roughly chopped, roasted hazelnut) and the succulent lamb served two ways.

The “no BYO” won’t be a problem at The Waterside, thanks to a just-about-novel-length wine list. There are some very exciting pairings, should you choose that option (though it will set you back nearly the price of your meal).

This is a tightly run ship. It’s obvious that the whole team at The Waterside takes pride in their restaurant, which makes for lovely, enthusiastic service. Servers are knowledgeable about both the food and the wine.

There are few things more relaxing than making your way through a multi-course meal with the ocean mere metres from your table. If you can, snag a seat on the terrace in the sunshine to watch the comings and goings of yachts – and the odd curious seal.

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User reviews

2 Reviews
    One can see that the Maestro Jarred Carter has been at work here at some level! A wonderful setting with a jam packed flavour bomb of a menu 🙌🏼

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