A little while ago, I received an invitation to a 3 course meal with wines at Dash Restaurant in Portswood Ridge near the V&A Waterfront. I immediately agreed because Anton and I haven’t been out on a date in absolute ages and I really love good food.
I have to be completely honest here and tell you that I had never heard of the restaurant before and I actually had no idea that it existed let alone where it was. If that makes me a bad blogger then I guess I will just have to accept it. Thank goodness for GPS because the directions were very confusing.
Basically, you need to drive into the Waterfront using Portswood Road. That’s the one close to the MyCiti bus Stadium station. You will drive past a Protea Hotel and The Commodore Hotel and, just after that; you will see a sign that says “parking available”. Turn right here and instead of driving down the ramp, head towards the left. This will take you to the Queen Victoria Hotel parking area and Dash is the hotel restaurant.
Dash Restaurant Review
The restaurant is light, bright and airy and it would make an ideal spot for a boozy lunch date with the girls or a family birthday lunch. In terms of location, you could send the hubby and kids off to the 2 Oceans Aquarium (Dash overlooks the Aquarium) for the day and not feel like you’re too far away to get to them if you are needed for any reason. The lunch menu is concise to the point of feeling a bit limiting but the wine list is quite an encyclopedia. You will definitely find something that will appeal to your needs.
Anton chose the strawberry, beetroot and goats cheese salad (R70) while I went for the Asian style salmon salad (R110). Flip this salmon salad was delicious. I had to stop myself from licking the plate. I could easily have had that as my main course and been more than satisfied. Seriously yummy! I tasted some of Anton’s salad and felt the balsamic reduction was a bit overwhelming for the other flavours but hey, he enjoyed it so, to each his own.
I must admit that I was disappointed with my lamb burger (R110). The halloumi didn’t compliment the other flavours at all and I actually gave up eating it half way through. I would have sent it back to the kitchen but I was a bit too full from the salad to bother. Anton practically gloated about good his fillet (R180) was and kept finding little hidden treasures like caramelized onions under the steak and a pool of honey at the bottom of his sweet potato fries.
Dessert was a winner though. I had the pineapple and sage tarte tartin (R95) despite feeling a bit wary about the sage component but it was sticky, beautifully caramelized and perfectly balanced with beurre noisette ice cream and pot au crème. DELISH! Anton had the crème brulee (R65) and I have never seen such a pretty plate before.
The crispy caramel topped custard was drowned in fresh berries and the shortbread sandwich was filled with fat, sour cherries. Anton joked that he would happily get a room to sleep in so that he could have another crème brulee with his supper.
I am so glad this restaurant is open for lunch, so few hotel restaurants are.
Lunch seems to take place between 12-3pm before the staff starts setting up for tapas and cocktails before dinner. If the V&A Waterfront is the most central meeting place but no one feels like dealing with the hustle and bustle of the mall, I would highly recommend that you make a booking at Dash. You won’t be sorry.
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