For our first dinner in Cape Town we both wanted to eat early and fancied seafood. After getting wet exploring the V&A Waterfront in the rain, we took shelter inside the Belgian speciality restaurant, Den Anker, which was conveniently on the quayside only a stone’s throw from our hotel.
We didn’t have a reservation and the restaurant had a busy evening ahead of them, thankfully they took pity on us and offered us a table next to the fireplace.
Having browsed their menu outside earlier in the day, we had already decided to order the cold seafood platter, which is served with pommes frites and salad. We asked our waiter for a wine recommendation, and without a hesitation he suggested a chardonnay from the Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch.
The warmth from the fire was lovely, the wine was going down nicely and we didn’t have long to wait before our huge platter arrived. The seafood platter included a whole crayfish, oysters, calamari, large prawns and salmon tataki.
I have to admit that I’m not good with oysters, I’ve been known to spit them out! I did try one which I enjoyed, but I left it up to Mike to enjoy the rest. The calamari was amazing, we have to try and recreate cheap propecia reviews this at home – they were baby squids which had been cut into 2-3 pieces, served cold with a spicy chilli oil. Our large prawns were served chargrilled and warm, someone had thoughtfully cut along the back so that they conveniently opened in two and we could simply pick the prawn meat out with our forks. Tataki is a Japanese style of cooking salmon, which is briefly seared and seasoned with ginger. The crayfish had also been carved into two pieces for easy dining, this was served chilled and we simply dunked the tail into our dipping dish of seafood sauce. It was all excellent and satisfied our craving for seafood.
We still had some wine left, so decided to order dessert, I picked the Belgian waffle and Mike ordered the cheese platter. We shared both which just finished our meal off nicely, before we realised that our 2 days of travelling and lack of sleep was catching up with us, an early night was called for.
Our bill was R985 (€49), the wine was R420 of this, so that aside this sumptuous meal in a prime waterfront restaurant was incredible value at approximately €10 a head.