Review: Ride and Dine

Here’s a novel way to spend an afternoon or evening taking in the glorious Cape Town sunset – on a side car, followed by dinner.

This new ‘adventure and dine’ concept pairs one of four great outdoor activities, with a 3 course meal at your choice of three of the V & A Waterfront’s most popular restaurants.

You can choose from a Cape Side Car Adventure – the Ride and Dine, a trip on the big wheel – the View and Dine, a cruise of a yacht – you guessed it, the Cruise and Dine or the Fly and Dine, on a helicopter. Each of these experiences is then followed by dinner at the City Grill, Meloncinos or The Greek Fisherman.

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For our first adventure, we paired the Side Car adventure with dinner at the City Grill.

On arrival in the Waterfront, we really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve seen side cars before, but honestly, this is an entirely new concept for me. We met Tim from Cape Sidecar Adventures outside Ferrymans where he was waiting with one of his ‘girls’ (which is how he fondly refers to his side cars).

You don’t need to bring anything, just yourself and your partner. They supply you with complimentary bandana’s, cool steampunk-ish helmets and goggles and authentic leather jackets that protect you from the elements and keep you cosy.

My friend immediately called shot gun on the side car! Nice one Stohm! Thanks. I got to sit on the leather seat behind Tim, which turned out to be pretty cool.

 

The side car journey took us through Seapoint, Bantry Bay and into Camps Bay, where we stopped on the strip for a couple if customary selfies. We were blessed with stunning Cape Town weather and I could imagine continuing this journey on to Llandudno and cracking a bottle of Sparking Wine and enjoying the sunset there. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this is in fact an option. So when you book, especially if it’s for a romantic gesture, be sure to enquire about this.

From there we headed up to signal hill and to my surprise, the hill was packed. The side of the berg was covered in picnic blankets, which were covered with people waiting for the sun to go down. It really is an incredible site to behold and it made me thankful for being Capetonian. We stood there for a while, taking stock the many wonders that this City offers locals and tourists alike and then decided we were hungry.

The final leg of the journey took us down Kloof Nek and back to the Waterfront.  We chatted and laughed from beginning to end, waving at joggers, absorbing the sites, sound and smells as we experienced everything on what is essentially the back of a motorcycle… just more safe (cause it can’t fall over).

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The three course meal which followed was the perfect sequel to the experience we had just enjoyed.

For starters we chose the baby calamari and caesar salad. The salad was beautifully dressed and served in a basket made of slivers of cucumber and the calamari was soft , tender and juicy.

For mains I chose the Kingklip (only because I wasn’t brave enough to choose the Warthog. Yes! Warthog, which I am told is an excellent meat and a speciality of the City Grill, and a free range animal to boot). The Line Fish was firm, really tender and tasty and came served with golden brown fries and savoury rice. I highly recommend this, even if you prefer meat.

Stohm had the fillet, which she ordered rare. All I can tell you that when I finally looked from my meal, up all I saw was this huge, satisfied smile. The meat was gone, except for a tiny morsel which she was cleaning off her lip. “It was good” she said, as if justifying why she left nothing to share.

There is only one option for desert, but it was delish and I can attest to the fact they don’t need another. The brandy pudding, (allergen warning , it has nuts), was light, yet packed with delicious caramel-ish, yumminess and great way to end the meal.

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