I’ll be the first to admit that I really don’t enjoy going to the V&A, again nothing against the venue itself it’s just that I don’t enjoy the touristy feel or touristy prices for that matter.
But every once in a while though, you come across a little gem that attempts to change this grinch’s mind. Dalliance certainly is that gem. It’s surrounded by top end brands such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci and is nowhere near the hustle and bustle of the “foodcourt/restaurant” area.
We were booked for a lazy Sunday lunch and got to enjoy a view of the bay as whales breached. The menu had good variation and the service was excellent.
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Oysters au Naturel (x3)
Salt, Pepper & Tabasco 65
Horseradish, Lemon & Black Pepper 85
Sardines – Peri-Peri, Lemon 65
Prawns – Garlic, Chilli, Parsley, White Wine, Butter 105
Grilled Calamari – Pineapple, Peppers, Vinaigrette 85
White Bait – Flour, Salt, Black Pepper, House Tartar 60
Trinchado – Braised Beef, Chilli Garlic, Portuguese Roll 70
Beef Short Rib – Marrow, Mushroom Duxelle & Bone Marrow Gratin 95
Beef Slider – Pickles & Frizzled Onion 70
Chicken Slider – Pickles, Dill Cucumber, Mustard Mayo, 65
& Frizzled Onion
Chicken Wings – Spicy Sticky Barbecue 60
Hummus – Grilled Pita Bread 55
Tuna Niçoise – Green Peas, Egg, Capers, Olives, Baby New Potato 100
Goat’s Cheese – Walnuts, Beetroot & Watercress 55
Garden Greens – Pine Nuts, Avo, Feta & Apple 80
Greek – Grilled Feta, Olives, Chilli, Garlic, Thyme, Cucumber, Tomato 60
Cobb – Chicken, Cucumber, Tomato, Avocado, Boiled Egg, Blue Cheese 75
BOWLS & THINGS
Prawn Linguine – Garlic, Chilli, Cherry Tomatoes 175
Lamb Curry – Cucumber Mint Raita, Naan 95
Butter Chicken – Naan 85
FISH & SHELLFISH
Crayfish – Butter, Garlic, Lemon SQ
Langoustine – Butter, Garlic, Lemon SQ
Prawns (x3) – Butter, Garlic, Lemon 100
Norwegian Salmon – Fennel & Lemon Quinoa, Herb Yoghurt SQ
White Fish Tempura – House Tartar, Skinny Fries 130
Baby Kingklip – Garlic, Chilli & Cherry Tomatoes 200
Line Fish – Green Beans & Lemon Caper Butter 170
Sirloin – Chimichurri, Roast Potatoes 140
Ribeye – Truffle Garlic Butter, House Crisps 160
Pepper Fillet – Pepper Sauce, Potato Purée 190
Fillet – Béarnaise, Skinny Fries 180
Lamb Chops – Lemon, Garlic, Rosemary, Olive Oil, Thyme 220
Chargrilled Chicken – Chilli, Corn Salsa, Tortilla 110
Fondant – Vanilla Ice Cream 65
Marshmallow – Chocolate, Marshmallow, Mango & Peanut Butter 85
Crème Caramel – Caramel Ice Cream 50
Cheesecake – Pineapple Ice Cream 60
Iced Nougat – Exotic Fruit & Mango Sorbet 65
Brulée – New York Cheesecake & Shortbread 50
Beignets – Chocolate, Crème Chantilly & Raspberries 70
We choose the following to start off our culinary journey:
Sardines with peri-peri and lemon which received a rave review.
Prawns in garlic, chilli, parsley, white wine and butter
Chicken slider with pickles, Dill cucumber and mustard mayo
Grilled calamari with pineapple, peppers and a vinaigrette
My favourite was the Beef Short Rib with marrow, mushroom duxelle and bone marrow gratin; it was tender, tasty and absolutely delicious.
Then it was onto our mains :
Prawns with butter, garlic and lemon
Norwegian Salmon, Fennel and lemon quinoa, herb yoghurt
Baby Kingklip with garlic chili and cherry tomatoes, beautifully presented.
Sirloin with chimichurri and roast potatoes.
Butter chicken with Naan.
As much as simply couldn’t have another morsel but onto dessert we moved…
Beignets, chocolate, crème Chantilly and raspberries
Marshmallow with chocolate, marshmallow, mango and peanut butter.
All the courses were exquisitely presented and prepared to perfection. The milkshakes were sublime and I was forced to try both the Chocolate milkshake and the Salted Caramel flavour. Dalliance is now one of my favourite venues in the V&A unassuming, but definitely worth a visit.
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Tel No: +27 (0) 21 418 1037
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 11pm
Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse