The iconic V&A Waterfront will welcome two new members into its restaurant family following the exciting announcement made by the Chef Proprietor of the La Colombe Group of restaurants, Scot Kirton.
Situated in the beautiful Pierhead Building, guests will be welcomed to PIER Restaurant on the first floor, and The Waterside Restaurant on the ground floor. Each will offer a different but exceptional dining experience, away from the hustle and bustle of the Victoria Wharf.
Escape to ultimate tranquillity with this waterside dining experience, boasting iconic views that have made this attraction so famous worldwide.
PIER Restaurant offers an intimate multi-course fine-dining experience, and with John Norris-Rogers as Head chef, diners can expect the finest local produce to take centre stage, with a special emphasis on inspiration from the ocean. Dishes that diners can look forward to include confit mussels slowly cooked in chorizo oil or oysters poached tableside by the chefs.
Norris-Rogers left La Colombe to join the launch team at La Petite Colombe, which, under his guidance, was recently named the second best restaurant in Africa at the recent TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice ‘Best of the Best’ Awards.
“Being given the opportunity to move back to Cape Town and head up PIER Restaurant is incredibly exciting… I can’t wait to help launch PIER as a special experience in the city – one that our guests will hopefully remember for the rest of their lives,” Norris-Rogers expresses.
The interior is as important to set the tone for the overall dining experience, as Trisha van der Merwe from Bone Interior Design Studio explains: “We’ve chosen humbled textures in a soft palette to help create an unexpected sense of ease, in what can be a bustling location. The tones and materials are earthed and unpretentious, creating a sanctuary that places the spotlight on the exquisite cuisine.
“Guests can expect to see artisanal tiles, natural woods and dynamic furniture pieces, which will create a uniquely immersive experience in which to dine,” she adds.
Tempting guests for a spot of ocean-side dining on the ground floor is The Waterside Restaurant – offering a sophisticated, but more casual menu that guests can enjoy both indoors, and on the outdoor deck – perfect for sumptuous summer lunches.
The Waterside will offer two different menus upon its launch – a 4-course menu with selected choices available to the diner, or a more formal 8-course tasting menu – making it the ideal option for all occasions – from a working lunch to celebratory meal with friends – or impromptu pop-in on a beautiful summer’s day.
Bringing her expertise to the kitchen is Roxy Mudie, who will be Head Chef, having previously worked as Sous Chef at both La Colombe and Protégé.
“Roxy… is a bubble of talent waiting to explode and I can’t wait to watch her spread her wings in this exciting new space,” Kirton says.
Taking a peek at The Waterside’s menu, guests can look forward to crayfish cooked over coals, served with roast quail and sweetcorn, with other highlights including oysters with umami broth and caviar, and strawberries with lemon verbena and coconut.