Dalliance Restaurant – Jan ’18 – by Mario Arendse

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.


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



Prawn Linguine – Garlic, Chilli, Cherry Tomatoes 175

Lamb Curry – Cucumber Mint Raita, Naan 95

Butter Chicken – Naan 85




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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Restaurant Info:

Dalliance at V&A WATERFRONT

Shop 7216A,

V&A Waterfront,

Cape Town,

South Africa

Tel No: +27 (0) 21 418 1037

Email: info@dalliancerestaurant.co.za

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 11pm

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen


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