Situated at the V&A Waterfront , Dalliance has an upmarket but fresh and modern take on fine dining. From the minute we walked in, we were warmly greeted by the staff and the Hostess immediately welcomed and showed us to our seats. Glancing around, I admired the decor and further examined the menu. The waiter briefed us on what we could expect and made us aware that it’s a tapas style restaurant and plates are for sharing. From that moment,we did not expect big portions.
We started off with the Pastrami salmon with Crème fraîche on rye (pictured top right). The presentation was just beautiful and unfortunately my picture doesn’t do it justice. I tried to be as fancy as I could and attempted to eat with a knife and fork eventually, I gave up and opted to eat with my hands. The salmon was overwhelming but to be fair ,I don’t eat salmon that often and usually love my salmon to be cut wafer thin. I loved the flavour and all I could think is ” This would be lovely with a glass of champagne ,if I actually drank champagne” . Pictured top left – spicy and sticky chicken wings. I have a thing for chicken wings. I was so impressed with this.The flavour was just spot on and loved that it had a little kick to it. The chicken was soft and succulent. My petit copain loves steak so did not hesitate to try their pepper fillet with pepper sauce and skinny fries. Mouth watering ,juicy ,melt in your mouth like butter steak. It’s such a pity that the portions were so small but that steak was divine.
As a craft beer enthusiast, my petit copain was happy that they had craft beer on the menu but wished they had more of a variety. I ordered a chococino , probably the best I have had so far. This was ordered off the menu ,so be sure to ask your waiter about the coffee and specials they offer.
The overall experience was fantastic! the ambiance, the people, the decor ,and most importantly the service and food was just superb. If you ever consider going to Dalliance here’s a few key points to keep in mind:
- It’s not budget friendly – a decent meal for two could cost over a thousand rand.
- Be prepared to splurge
- Tapas style -small portions
- Ask your waiter about items not on the menu like coffee etc.
The little “bill in the tin” was so cute and just added such a personal touch and I really appreciated the thought behind it. If you ever get a chance to visit or have been to Dalliance , I would love to hear / read about your experience.
With Love and Glitter