Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Fathers' Day Lunch with the Winter Specials menu at Den Anker, V&A Waterfront

We had to postpone Father's Day this year because daughter Clare had flu and this meant we were able to take her with us to Den Anker the following Sunday. They had invited us to come and sample their winter menu. This is another great and worthy restaurant having been in the V&A Waterfront for 21 years. They have one of the best locations there too and a great international menu as well as local specialities
They have a great range of winter specials, with amazing value
They brought us an amuse from the chef of the seared tuna with sesame on courgette. Delicious, worth returning for as a main course for lunch
It's a long restaurant with lovely views of the docks and the mountain
And was filled that Sunday with good customers and friends. Dr Johan Nel was here with his family
Jean Vincent Ridon, winemaker and owner of Signal Hill winery, the only winery in central Cape Town, was also there with his family
The bar where they serve a great selection of Belgian and other beers as well as wine and other alcohols
We settled for two De Konincks, a fruity beer to go with food
Clare's first Bisque de Homard rich (lobster soup) which she loved
A pot of ...
... Den Anker's famous West Coast mussels marinere was Johns starter
Lynne opted for the crisp Tempura prawns with sweet chilli sauce
Having removed the shells John had a feast of tender plump mussels in a great herby sauce
An Anker beer to go with John's main course ...
...which was a very delicious tender beer braised beef with crisp French frites
Lynne had the duck breast which also had a slightly bitter beer sauce
Clare had the classic hamburger and Frites with two mayonnaise dips, one with mustard one with plain
And we were delighted to meet the owner of Den Anker, Elizabeth de Visscher, who was visiting from Belgium. She comes here every two weeks in the summer months
We could not pass up on dessert. Lynne had the classic Belgian waffle with thick syrup, cream and ice cream. Light as a feather and very sweet
John had the chocolate tart, dark and sumptuous
And Clare had the orange pancakes flambé
Not sure the flambé worked, but they were very good indeed
Thank you den Anker for allowing us to try your winter menu. Father enjoyed being spoiled very much

© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2016

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