I arrived just as the sunet behind Table Mountain, to the Dolphin Hotel in Table Bay. I was greeted with a cold glass of champagne and told to get ready to eat 24 courses. I politely laughed, they were joking, they had to be joking, right? No one was joking as course after course came out. Luckily I was armed with my elasticated waist skirt so I had enough room to expand. Honestly, I was full for a week afterwards (I am full right now just thinking about it) but still to this day I dream about their cheesecake and zebra sushi.
Siince I tried most of their menu, I feel that I am well informed to point out my summer favourites...
We started off with a pastrami style salmon served with wasabi creme fraiche, it was everything a starter should be light, fresh and indulgent. Next up was the spicy, creamy szechuan calamari, this I found too tangy and the tempura was not crispy enough. We ended of our starters with the most decadent dish- a prawn stuff calamari skewer. The calamari was stuffed with prawn and mozzarella, wrapped in bacon and served on a crisp potato chip. It was good, really good and really rich too.
Now for me soup goes down well on a chilly night, not the warm summer ones we are set to have over the next few months. That is why my favourite just had to be the truffled vichyssoise with avocado mousse that can be served hot or cold (trust me, go for cold on this one). The prawn bisque had the most intense flavour my taste buds have ever come across and the miso soup was far too spicy (I'm saying this as a person who adds chilli to everything, ever-re-thing). Last up was the tom yum soup - a light soup of spicy and sour tomato base with prawn, calamari and coriander.
Salad inspiration coming right up! Blowfish outdid itself with its grilled chicken quinoa salad that had been tossed with chimichurri sauce and served with rocket and tomatoes. You bet I will be recreating this dish at home.
Due to its location, the beachfront is home to many kiteboarders who often indulge in the kiteboarders salad. A simple salad of chicken, bacon, avocado, boiled eggs and mixed greens.
Now anything that be grilled, fried or sous vide already has my attention. We were served a deboned baby chicken, hanger steak and lamb rump. All the meat was so soft that it just melted in your mouth. The mash potatoes were out of this world, soft, fluffy and creamy. I would avoid the rainbow pepper and vanilla sauce - vanilla has no place in savoury food. I definitely recommed asking for the blackberry and cream de cassis jus - the sweetness from the berries went so well with the lamb.
Pasta is always a good option when you are looking for something fuss free yet flavourful. I would recommend the chicken Penne Rocco, a curry infused Napolitana with garlic and coriander and a splash of cream.
If you are looking for something heavier, try the chicken and prawn risotto. It has hints of lemon and mint and is served with fresh peas.
My absolute favourite would have to be the Kassler steak chops that were glazed in a ginger and soy sauce and served with apple and fennel slaw and carrot puree - good food, done well!
If you want to spoil yourself go for the black mushroom and truffle gnocchi. A simple dish that has been deglazed in white wine. The truffle oil is added to bring this dish together and add a touch of decadence, I mean if I could put truffle oil on everything I would.
Now sushi is sushi, everyone's California rolls taste the same but blowfish has zebra rolls. Calm yourself there is no zebra in the sushi but it gets its name from the black and white rice that is used to make it. This aestically pleasing addition offers something different without comprising the flavour, or adding odd, over the top fancy ingredients.
If you are a sushi fan and find yourself on that side of the moutain, indulge in some half price sushi every Wednesday and Sunday 17:00- 20:00.
I am constantly in search of the best cheesecake in Cape Town and so far no one has topped Blowfish's dulce de leche baked cheesecake. Dulce de leche is an Argentinian caramel that is made in house by one of their chefs, forget what you know about caramel until you have tried this. Really there are other desserts but when you have something this perfect why would you want anything else!
Address: 1 Marine Drive, Dolphin Beach, Table View, 7441
Contact: +27 (0) 21 556 5464
Opening Hours: Monday- Sunday 6:30- 22:00