Review: Dash Restaurant

Aside from having the luxury of trying many restaurants in the city of Cape Town, sometimes I get the opportunity for all my senses to get thoroughly pampered. Last night was one of those nights, when I had an indulgent food experience at Dash Restaurant at the Newmark Hotel at the V&A Waterfront.

Dash is one of the finer dining restaurants in the city, and offers ‘delectable cuisine in an opulent setting’, as they so themselves. And opulent it is indeed. The chique slick interior with modern flair, fine art, and a centered open fireplace all communicate exuberant luxury.

Dash is a little bit tricky to locate (it’s behind the Portswood Hotel and above Dock Road), but has a nice terrace and view over the harbour. Upon arrival, I was greeted by an array of friendly staff. It all felt a bit presidential (which, might I add, is a good thing).

As I sat down with my dining partner, we were treated to some fresh bread with delightful butter. I normally skip the bread description (because, right?) but if you serve it with the option of fresh basil or berry butter that is so good you immediately order more, I feel it deserves a mention.

Dash Tempura Starter

After an amuse bouche of a spicy meatball, I got a starter of Tempura Prawns, Pickled Soft Vegetables and Sesame Emulsion. My friend had the Asparagus, Olive Toast, Nut Crush and Parmesan Snow (snow!). She was generous enough to let me try both. Aside from the stunning presentation (Dash has a food artist in their kitchen), these dishes were delicious.

Asparagus Starter

For our mains, we got served a Pan Fried Loin of Venison, Parsley Mash and Carrot Puree and a fish special of Norwegian Salmon, Truffle Mash and Vegetables. The venison was a succulent delight, and I could not stop eating my friend’s mash. I mean, if you put truffle in anything I already voluntarily plant my face in your plate, but this was a true treat.

Dash Main Venison

For dessert, we were both presented with a Coconut Panacotta with Lime Sorbet and Passion Fruit Coulis (see top image). Finding some extra space in our stomachs, this plate was also emptied without too many words spoken. Some chocolate truffle bonbons were presented as a final extra, because Dash seems to love to spoil their diners.

What deserves a special mention, is their service. We had a waitress who was so attentive and kind (also providing great suggestions!), it really adds another dimension to a night out. It was one of those experiences where they attend to you exactly before you even think of asking for assistance.

Perhaps the only notes I could add is that the Dash does not hold back on portion size (at all!). Their dishes are beautifully presented and consist of great flavour combinations, but we both rolled our way out of the restaurant. Our mains were meals by themselves and we had to really find some extra space for our desserts. The ambiance can feel a little stiff due to its chiqueness, but, in all fairness, probably livens up when visited on a busier night.

All in all, I was absolutely spoiled by Dash Restaurant, and with exquisite food, gorgeous plates, top-notch service it definitely deserves a recommendation.

4,5/5

Website Dash Restaurant
021 418 1466

(Photos: Dineguy)

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