For superb dishes in a beautiful, light and airy setting with views of the Constantia Valley to boot, look no further than Harbour House on Constantia Nek. This is the third Harbour House restaurant (following on from Kalk Bay and the Waterfront) and it sticks to their winning formula of fresh seafood served with a gourmet spin.
You’ll find Harbour House alongside the equally well known La Parada in an iconic heritage building which just adds to the character. They’ve cleverly incorporated elements of the original building with contemporary finishes and given the space a fresh new look. I love the A-frame ceiling with its exposed rafters which gives the restaurant a spacious, lofty feeling and the stacking doors which open up onto a herb garden and views. The decor is simple and understated with a crisp, white palette. Although the restaurant is fairly upmarket, the ambiance is relaxed and unpretentious.
Last week I was invited to try their new menu and as I’ve never eaten there before, everything was new to me – what a treat! You can hop over here to view their menu, I’m sure you’ll be tempted.
Top tip: When you make a booking, ask for a table alongside the stacking doors
MARINATED SEAFOOD CEVICHE
A light salad of fresh fish, prawns, calamari and mussels, dressed with lime and coriander, bella rosa tomatoes, roast peppers, cucumber and red onion
PRIME BEEF CARPACCIO
Thinly sliced beef fillet, topped with mushroom carpaccio and pecorino shavings, tomato concasse and parsnip crisps ~ I totally enjoyed this starter, loved the creativity and the flavours
I love the sections of white washed herringbone brickwork on the floor – you can just see a corner peaking out in the photo below.
SAUTÉED SMOKED PAPRIKA CALAMARI
Tossed in olive oil with black olives, capers, lemon zest, garlic and chilli served with summer rice ~ this was my main dish and I can absolutely recommend it, so delicious!
Pan fried in garlic, piri piri, lemon and bay leaves with summer rice salad and a tomato and red onion salad ~ my friend really enjoyed the prawns but we did feel there was too much oil on the plate underneath the prawns
GRATINATED LEMON TARTLET
Marshmallow, shortbread crumb, pistachio dust and toasted meringues ~ this is a real sweet bomb, so definitely one you can share!
Thank you to Harbour House for such a wonderful dining experience!
Disclosure: Our meal at Harbour House was complimentary. As always, the opinions and thoughts shared are my own.
All photography: Lana Kenney ©