I thought I would start off this new section with a review of one of my favourite Cape Town restaurants. One of the reasons it was a hot favourite with me is that when I was shopping in V & A Waterfront I could just pop in for a “glass of wine”. The wine would arrive in a carafe together with a huge glass (at least 4 units) so the restaurant served me well when I was still “in denial” about my drinking!
Ambiance – excellent – although by the sea, it is in the V & A Mall with absolutely no view. However it has a great vibe which I can only describe as “New York Deli” 9/10
Service – excellent – swift and smiley 9/10
Food – excellent – super fresh sushi and fish dishes 9/10
Alcohol-Free – one listing on menu (ega rooibos?) apart from usual “soft drinks” – asked manager who explained they had an “arrangement” with Fairview so they “had” to offer their wines. We asked if we could bring our own AF wine and he said “sure.” He seemed bemused by the whole exchange and as a parting shot he laughed and said, “We won’t even charge you corkage!” (which I thought was quite funny until I visited the next restaurant which did charge us R50 corkage for our AF wine – watch this space) 5/10
One week later we returned to Willoughby’s clutching bottle of Lautus – no sign of the manager we had chatted with last week but charming waiter brought us an ice bucket and calmly took our order. So I think we must upgrade their AF score to 7/10. To get a 10 they need to actually stock some AF choices!