Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New winter menu at Den Anker, V&A Waterfront

We always enjoy it when we are invited by restaurants to come and taste their food; better still when we know that the food they produce is good. Last Friday was a beautiful crisp and sunny winter’s day and, following the Sommeliers Selection Awards, we made our way to this waterside restaurant in the Waterfront. We were able to sit outside on the dock and eat our way through tasting portions of their winter specials, accompanied by a selection of samples of Belgian beers. The selection is very good and those of you with children will love Sundays, when they eat free (but no beer for them!)
Lovely wintry light on the harbour. A long view of Den Anker, which is on the left
The Winter Special flyer with the details
The front of Den Anker. This popular Belgian restaurant has been open for 19 years
The beer bar inside with its rowboat canopy
Our table outside on the dock
Or you can sit inside in the window area and admire the view of Table Mountain and the harbour
The beer menu is large and comprehensive, they import good beer from Belgium
The food menu
Its Moules on Mondays. 1 Kg of mussels, cooked in beer with crisp frites and mayonnaise. Lynne is not a mussel fan but these were truly superb. Fresh mussels, cooked just enough to open them, so they were juicy and succulent, beautifully flavoured with herbs and onions and the beer. The frites disappeared too quickly
On Tuesdays, with every Trappist beer ordered, you get a plate of cheeses. This was a small taster, we had already enjoyed a huge amount of food. The actual portion is more generous
The Trappist beer served to John

On Wednesdays, it is seared Norwegian salmon steaks and a glass of wine. The salmon is so fresh and beautifully cooked in a citron cream sauce, on spinach and with more vegetables on the plate
On Thursdays, you can enjoy a spectacular tasting of six Belgian draught beers for only R50

The size of the tasters is good. They brought these first, so that we could drink them with the food

Fish and Frites with a white beer on Fridays
On Saturday, you get three Tapas treats for R120. We had enormous panko crumbed sweet prawns with two dipping sauces - a sweet chilli and mayonnaise; Steak béarnaise and deep fried Bitterballen meat croquettes with mustard. A lovely selection and, of course, if there are two of you, you will have six tapas

The Tapas menu

A Blue outlook. No blue filter was used! Just the winter light
There are some impressive yachts moored in the inner harbour and, in the background, the city and Table Mountain are on view
He wanted some of our lunch
Restaurant manager Brandon and Chef Doekie Vlietman
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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