As you step into Dash you feel like you are in some James Bond- spy-thriller esque movie. The lighting is low, and the fireplace was roaring (it was chilly the night we went). The few tables have been set with crisp linen that is adorned with long stemmed wine glasses and sharp metal cutlery. I had gone to meet fellow foodie Mark Wijsman (alias Dine Guy) for dinner, we started at the bar, ordering a beer for him and a cosmopolitan for myself.
We started off with the traditional bread and butter basket, which I usually skip in order to save space for the rest of the meal but how could I resist straight out of the oven bread with berry or basil butter? The short answer is that I couldn't, normal butter has forever been ruined for me.
Dash had our taste buds wanting more and just before our starter came out, we were served an amuse bouche of spicy meatball on top of a bed of creamy butternut. Um, please sir, can I have some more?
Now since I was in a fine dining establishment I knew that whatever I chose for my starter would be amazing and would comprise of unique and interesting flavours and textures that I don't get to enjoy with everyday food. I went for the olive toast, served with asparagus, nut dust and parmesan snow. The crunch on the toast was set off by the soft yet firm asparagus, the whole dish was tied together with a balsamic reduction that complimented the cheese and nuts.
For the main course, I opted for the seafood. A fillet of Norwegian salmon served on a cushion of parsnip and truffle mash. This richness of the mash was cut by a tangy tomato reduction and complimented by a veritable variety of fresh vegetables. My only regret was that the portion size was too large for me to finish.
Dinner was so divine and full of intense flavours that I just had to side step any suggestion of chocolate base desserts. Instead, I opted for a lighter coconut pannacotta served with a lime sorbet, honeycomb and Passion fruit coulis. The crunch and sweetness of the honeycomb was set off by the tartness of the sorbet and the creaminess of the pannacotta. All in all and wonderful end to beautiful meal
Address: Portswood Ridge, V&A WaterfrontCape Town, 8001, South Africa (inside the Queen Victoria Hotel)
Website: Dash Restaurant
Contact: +27 21 418 1475
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday 7:00-23:00