Review: View and Dine

I spend a lot of time in fine dining restaurants and away from my kids.

It’s rare that I can share an experience like this with them, so when the opportunity arises, I grab it and believe me, they are two of the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) critics out there. You just cannot curb a kids honestly, so when I got invited to ride the Cape Wheel and have dinner at an Italian eatery in the V&A Waterfront, I grabbed my nine year daughter and took her along for the ride.

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Whenever I go to the V&A Waterfront, I can’t help but be awed by that big wheel, the very last remnant of the FIFA World Cup, especially at night when the lights which spark from its centre turn the veritable steel giant into a massive festive decoration. It’s addition to the Waterfront has definitely added a ‘carnival’ type atmosphere to the hustle and bustle of the space.

Tayla and I spent some Mother-Daughter time together and enjoyed its delights recently, as part of the View and Dine experience – the second of these fun dinner and adventure pairings, courtesy of Waterfront Charters.

Each ‘pod’ seats four to six people and the view from the very top is really hard to beat. On a clear day you can see all the way to Sir Lowrys Pass, Blouberg and the very top of the mountain. It really is something special to catch the sunset while cruising on that wheel.

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The ride takes about ten to fifteen minutes and is so chilled that you lose track of time, the perfect prequel to dinner at Meloncinos, one of the V&A’s best Italian inspired restaurants. Take some extra cash and buy a keep-sake photograph of your trip.

The dinner set menu is very generous, with a choice of three starters, three mains and two desserts. This is what we chose:

Tayla had the ‘Minestrone Zuppa’ – Meloncino’s traditional Roman style seasonal vegetable soup served with Grana Padano Parmesan cheese and I had the Rotolo di Mozzarella Farcito con Bresaola, layers of mozzarella, rocket and pine nuts wrapped in bresaola (cured beef), sliced and dressed with extra virgin olive oil, black pepper and vintage balsamic.

When a nine year tells you “I didn’t think I was gonna like that, after coming close to literally licking the bowl, you know you have a winner. It’s a light, gorgeous vegie broth, full of color and flavour. The Bresaola was stunningly presented, but a word of warning, if you don’t like rocket, don’t have it. Italians prefer garden rocket to wild rocket which is more bitter than peppery, but luckily for me, that was NOT a problem.

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For our mains, I had the Bistecca di Manzo, a grain-fed sirloin (thank you very much), grilled on an authentic charcoal grill and seasoned with olive oil, lemon, oregano salt and black pepper, served with Italian oven-roasted potatoes, presented like a fine dining work of art. The steak was soft and juicy with a medium rare centre, done to my specification. Compliments go to the chef for that impeccable dish.

Tayla ordered the Spaghetti con gamberi, zucchine e Pecorino – Italian spaghetti served with prawns, ribbons of baby marrow, cherry tomato and grated Pecorino cheese. Being the reviewer, I felt it my duty to partake in what was MY first choice. I literally had to send her find the ladies just to get my fork near the plate. The prawn (I only managed to sneak one), was soft and I loved the way that gamberi flavour had penetrated the pasta and all the other ingredients.

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There are only two dessert options, so we shared the Sorbetto al meloncino, a trio of granadilla, lemon and strawberry sorbet, beautiful presented in a frosted glass plate and a Meloncino signature pudding, the Torta Strepitosa ai 3 Cioccolati – Baked cream pasticciera and white chocolate on a milk chocolate biscuit base topped with seasonal wild berries and a dark chocolate sauce.

Both option were light and satisfying and I have to honest I cannot choose a favourite.

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If you would like to decide which dessert you prefer, we suggest entering the #ViewAndDine competition that we will be launching today on the #WTFShow.

For more about these incredible dinner and adventure pairings check out http://www.waterfrontcharters.co.za/

Next up, I’ll be dining at the Greek Fisherman with my son, Auren which we have paired with a cruise, so stay tuned for that review.

 

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