DASH RESTAURANT & BAR AT QUEEN VICTORIA HOTEL, V & A WATERFRONT
With this picture perfect location and breathtaking view, one would be excused to feel like you are a tourist in your own city – and it would definitely be possible that even most locals have not yet frequented this gorgeous hidden dining gem!
The view from the patio of Dash Restaurant and Bar at Queen Victoria Hotel in V & A Waterfront is sweeping, whether it be the mountain view or a peek over the bustling Waterfront.
The entrance to Queen Victoria Hotel is contemporary, elegant and modern with friendly staff at the entrance welcoming you into the gorgeous marble lobby.
The lobby leads you into the grandiose double volume hotel lounge area with spectacular chandeliers dangling like luminous branches overhead.
The contemporary decor theme is carried through to the rest of the hotel with spectacular floral artwork creating a pop of colour.
As you enter Dash Restaurant, there is a magnificent bar with dramatic lighting and comfortable bar seating.
Your eyes and ears are then drawn to the romantic grand piano and the whimsical notes played by the talented house musician, featuring classic and current melodies.
There are comfortable couches around the bar area and a dual sided fireplace anchored between the dining room and the lounge.
The dining room is cosy with a slick, contemporary finish, comfortable seating and large artwork on the walls.
The lighting is soft and romantic.
The friendly and courteous Restaurant Supervisor, Tyrone helped us select a great vintage for the evening the award winning 2008 Bilton Cabernet Sauvignon. A rich and spicy red wine with smokey and dark chocolate notes, this Cabernet Sauvignon has a lingering after taste and is very well balanced.
Our bubbly server, Zameka served us the house bread which consisted of a health loaf and ciabatta bread accompanied with basil pesto infused butter and honey mustard butter. The health loaf and basil pesto butter was the highlight and a nice unique twist to the usual. Fresh, fresh, fresh – Yummy!
The amuse bouche had a light, distinctly asian flair with a splash of soy, served in a stunning glass with chopsticks, ginger and caviar – crunchy and crisp.
The menu at Dash is perfectly simple and my favourite type, a one pager. This always instills a sense of confidence in me that the ingredients will be fresh. Having said that, the selection is by no means minimal and is varied and inclusive to all pallets, it is perfectly balanced between light and rich dishes.
For our starter course, hubby Garth selected the Beetroot cured salmon, horseradish apple slaw and bread crisps. A stunning display of Chef Sam Wasserman’s modern contemporary food style, this dish is light, tangy with asian notes and a feast for the eyes.
I selected the Double baked gorgonzola souffle, biltong shavings and hazelnuts – rich, creamy, luxurious and well balanced. The souffle was light and airy perfectly matched with the smokeyness of the biltong.
As a palate cleanser, there is a lovely trio of sorbet on the menu and we opted for Apple & Cinnamon and Lime & Lemon. Both deliciously zingy and refreshing.
For our main course, Garth true to form selected the Grilled Fillet of Beef, spinach puree, melange of vegetables and jus – of course I had to taste test and my word – the mash and jus alone was a triumph not to mention the melt in your mouth, juicy grilled fillet, nom nom nom!!!!
I had the Fish of the Day, Seared Kingklip with Pea and Bacon Risotto – it was exactly what I felt like all day, a rich, buttery piece of fish with all the trimmings.
For dessert Garth chose the Banana parfait, butterscotch sauce and banoffee – a banana lover’s cryptonite – hitting all the right sweet notes.
I selected the Hot chocolate fondant with orange ice cream and bitter sugar brittle, though I did swop out the orange ice cream for Vanilla which is my favourite. The fondant had the perfect ooey gooey centre and moist baked outer – the plate yet again presented beautifully…..
I then had the wonderful opportunity to meet Chef Dale, second in command as Chef Sam Wasserman had the night off and thanked him for our delicious meals, he mentioned he had previously worked in the Mount Nelson kitchen under the guidance of Chef Rudi Liebenberg. What a lovely young man, he definitely has great ambition for the future.
If that wasn’t enough sweetness overload, we were treated to some after dessert sweets, white chocolate truffles and coconut marshmallows, a very nice touch.
Our waitress, Zameka was a character and we really enjoyed her infectious personality as well as the excellent service from the rest of the restaurant and hotel staff. VIP all the way!
I highly recommend Dash Restaurant and Bar for elegant, romantic and delicious dining.
Our thanks also to Elize Engle from Wired Communications.
Dash Restaurant, Queen Victoria Hotel, Portswood Road, V & A Waterfront
021 300 5912
Note: We enjoyed our meals as guests of Dash Restaurant & Bar – all views and images are my own
Source: The Food Buzz