I joined some of my favorite foodie friends last night for a 3-course dinner at OYO in the Waterfront, as part of the meet-up organised by Zomato. Having never been to OYO, but having dined at its extravagant big brother Dash Restaurant earlier this week, I knew the restaurant offered a somewhat more casually composed version of its Newmark sibling.
OYO is located at the prime spot in the Waterfront, overlooking the inner harbour, Cape Grace and Table Mountain. The first impression of OYO is that of a chique restaurant, expressing a more classy look with its white open interior and cool bar area. It has a definite feel of a hotel restaurant, and oozes a similar atmosphere as fellow Waterfront restaurants in its vicinity.
Upon arrival, we were welcomed with a glass of champagne, before seated down at the window side of the venue for dinner. Our three course menu consisted of plentiful options, ranging from Greek, Cobb or Tabouleh salad starters, to casual mains such as a Lamb Cutlets, a Classic Burger, Line Fish and Rump Stewer. For dessert, we could opt for indulgent Chocolate Chilli Cake, Cheese Cake, Eaton Mess or Pumpkin Patch.
Since I had had quite the fulfilling dining week, I chose the Tabouleh Salad to start with. The couscous came served with pita flatbread, plentiful rocket and yoghurt dressing. The refreshing well-spiced salad was satisfactory, but could in portion size easily compete with a full main meal. For my main dish, I had a line fish with red pepper and pecan nut butter, served on fried rice. The fish was good, fresh and accompanied by a hefty portion of rice. I also tried the lamb cutlets, which were absolutely lovely.
The desserts were the winners of the evening, as they tasted as good as they looked. OYO did not hold back on portion size there either, but the Chocolate Chilli Cake accompanied by a lot of other sugary delights was the highlight of my evening.
The satisfactory service, good company and pleasant atmosphere contributed to a nice evening out at OYO. The food is straightforward, casual but beautifully presented. Some might be confused by its classy look and more easygoing menu, and perhaps the restaurant is still busy defining its own character. I had three lovely courses (albeit a bit too large), and with a great harbour and mountain view, it’s a solid everyday restaurant to visit.