A fishy feast at Harbour House

So I’ve headed south to Cape Town for a bit of Southern Hemisphere summer and family time. And of course a chance to sample all the delicious food. Cape Town’s restaurant scene is fabulous, the range of great produce available is mind-blowing from delicious seafood, the freshest of fruit and veg, flavoursome meat and of course a wine industry to keep even the most demanding of wine lovers satisfied. How could I not share all of this with you? Welcome to Cape Town.

First up, an old favourite in the lovely V&A Waterfront. Harbour House has wonderful fish options and my advice to you would be don’t spend too long pondering the menu which is packed with delights, until you have been told the day’s specials. You’re bound to change your mind several times – this is one tough decision-making challenge. One I’m more than happy to take on.

An updated version of a classic, the avocado ritz is a plate of beautiful greens and pinks with plenty of prawns and beautifully creamy avo.

avoritz

A pretty plate in pinks and greens

My tuna tartare was the absolute freshest, beautifully tender chopped tuna with a spicy mayo. A wonderfully light starter for a hot summer’s day.

tuna

A fresh tower of tuna to savour

The tempura prawns comes with an aubergine and avocado tian. A wonderful creamy combination to go with the fishy, crunchy prawns.

prawns

Tempura prawns with creamy avocado and mayo

There are also a selection of meaty dishes on the menu which the restaurant does really well. Their prime beef carpaccio is served with parmesan and parsnip crisps, parsnip puree and mini aragula. A great mix of flavours and textures.

carpaccio

A meatier option to tuck into

Also on the starter menu is this tasty plate of gnocchi garnished with roasted butternut, grilled artichokes, mushrooms, roasted pine nuts and a truffle parmesan sauce.

gnocchi

A perfect portion of gnocchi

Another meaty option is the steak tartare which comes topped with raw quails eggs and a rocket salad on the side. Another beautiful plate of food.

steaktartare

The steak tartare is a great carniverous option

The seafood specials board offers a selection of whatever’s fresh. I couldn’t resist a couple of langoustine simply grilled. Sweet and satisfying.

langos

Sometimes you simply have to treat yourself

I’m always happy to spend a few hours at Harbour House indulging in a seafood extravaganza. And I believe there’s a new one opening up soon. Oh well, I’d better plan to test it out.

Harbour House is at Quay Four, Ground Floor, V&A Waterfront.

Seafood beach-style at Harbour House

There’s something totally magical about eating lunch while the ocean waves crash up against your restaurant. I’m a total beach baby, and as soon as I walk into Harbour House, I feel like I don’t want to leave…ever.

Aside from the waves and the stunning view (the restaurant is surrounded by glass), the whole place is decorated in shades of blue with lovely wooden furniture, such a beach-house feel. It’s what my ideal home would look like.

When you go to Harbour House you simply have to eat fish, as much of it as you possibly can. Seriously, stay away from the meaty menu options as you can be sure the fish will be so fresh and perfectly prepared. Oh, and don’t focus too much on the menu, rather take a look at the blackboard where the day’s specials are displayed. I always end up ordering from there.

To start I had this amazing yellowtail tartare. The yellowtails seem to be jumping out of the ocean at the moment so they are fresh, meaty and just beautiful.

yellowtail tartare

The freshest of yellowtail, a masterpiece on the plate

The tian of prawns (also on the blackboard) offers a tower of aubergine, tomato and avocado, surrounded by tempura prawns.

prawn tian

Juicy prawns surround the tian

Focusing on the fishy side of the menu I decided to go for langoustines for my main. You can order as many (or as few) as you want, two seemed to fit the for me bill today. Beautifully sweet and meaty and served with the most delicious savoury rice.

langos

Love the langoustines

There were three line fish specials today, one of them being…yellowtail. Served with an orange beurre blanc, artichokes and spinach.

yellowtail

The yellowtail’s unbelievably fresh and citrussy

Of course, if you’re in a seafood restaurant there’s always the ultimate dish…the seafood platter. Crayfish, prawns, mussels in a deliciously creamy sauce, spicy calamari and fried linefish. A veritable feast!

seafood platter

Tuck into a feast of seafood

I wandered around snapping happily with my iPad when I arrived to try to capture the beachy feel of Harbour House. How beautiful is it? Just to say it’s empty because we arrived at noon, for an early lunch…it soon filled up.

interior

There’s also a beautiful deck outside where you can chill out before (or after) lunch…again this is for my dream house. Blue and white all the way, it’s the perfect lunch venue!

deck

Soak up the sunshine on the stunning deck

Harbour House is at Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, Cape Peninsular.