A fine dining experience. Where romance is expressed through cuisine, décor and ambience.
From the outset, the standard is set. The feeling of almost being out of place kicks in. Do they realize I am no one special? Should I just play along and enjoy the ride? I bite my lip and then smile as my chair is pulled out and a crisp napkin is placed gently on my lap.
My eyes wonder around the room, taking in the exquisite setting. For the next two hours I will be dining in this exclusive restaurant. What more could I ask for? The impeccable etiquette which the waiters possess is refreshing. Something Benguela can be proud of.
As we settle in, a two-option menu is placed on the table. The à la carte and the Chef’s Tasting Menu are your options for the evening. Could I have both? Hmmm, temptations.
Not five minutes pass when the waiter returns with a tasting platter consisting of bite-sized portions to nibble on. Salted caramel popcorn and Mash Potato puffs are placed delicately on a bed of pastry topped with caviar and a cheesy-bacon bite. Absolutely delightful.
Each ingredient in my starter salad complemented one another with pure perfection. The portion could have been slightly bigger, however.
For mains, I decided to go with a Lamb. Spring crusted lamb rump, lamb ragout, pommes maxim, peas, zucchini and roasted garlic. I would personally recommend a soft Merlot to accompany this dish. Each sip of the Benguela Cove Merlot was enticing, leaving you longing for more.
The elegance in the way the dessert was presented was totally memorable. Bite- sized portions of pure happiness were placed into a wired tree. Definitely a Kodak moment.
There are only two points I would chide. Number one being the location. If set in the heart of Cape Town, Benguela would outshine any neighbouring restaurants. Point number two would be the absence of live music. I am certain that if there was a violinist or a pianist, the ambience would have been turned up a notch or two.
All in all, a lovely evening spent with good friends and a beautiful fine dining experience. I would return to Benguela on Main in a heartbeat.
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