Whenever you hit a tourist hot spot like the V&A Waterfront, you always run the risk of overpriced, average dining experiences. Luckily if you know where to go you can capitalise on the vibe and views, and get a seriously scrumptious meal while at the same time.
One of my favourite spots at the V&A is Mondiall, which consistently delivers good food in a gorgeous setting. This restaurant sits right next to water with a stunning view of Table Mountain through their tall windows, and inside you have a steam-punk meets library decor theme that I find striking and chic.
Mondiall is also running some really tempting specials this winter. You can order two courses from their lunch or dinner menu for R185, or three courses for just R225. And they aren’t stingy with their portions either so you’re getting really good bang for your buck.
Mondiall is a great choice if you’re looking for comfort foods. Head Chef Stephen Mandes has created winter menus for lunch and dinner featuring comforting “feel-good” classics like risotto, bangers and mash, grilled meats, and of course the burgers that they’re so famous for. At the same time he has also introduced new flavours, adding herbed bone marrow to the steak dish for instance, and a miso glaze to the salmon.
Our lunch kicked off with a platter of tapas representing their starters. I really enjoyed the tandoori chicken, their tomato and aubergine pastry, and their mussels. I would definitely be keen to try the full portions of these when I’m back there.
For a main I ordered their risotto, a rich and heartwarming dish with tomatoes and courgettes – all in all it was like eating ratatouille and risotto in one go. Double comfort! All the food on the table looked really delicious though. I had a bite of the salmon, which was perfectly cooked and delicate. The prawns – which were massive – got a definite thumbs up, and there was a gorgeous sticky baby chicken on one side of me that looked mouthwatering. The vote of the day, however, went to the bangers and mash, served with a sticky sweet-savoury gravy.
Mondiall has such an extensive offering, you’re sure to find something you love. They even have a guide indicating which foods are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and which contain dairy (though do take note that while their risotto says Vegetarian, it contains Parmesan).
They also have a great wine list featuring some of my favourites like Charles Fox, Iona, Hamilton Russell, Beaumont, Luddite, Delaire Graff and Anthonij Rupert.
All in all you’re in for a good day.
The Winter Lunch & Dinner Special Menus: R185 for 2 courses and R225 for 3 courses
Choose your dishes from the main menus.
Lunch options include starters like mussels, squid with chorizo and garlic, and crisp pastry with aubergine and tomato; and mains like their Wagyu beef burger, BBQ banger & mash, and the risotto of the day. And for dessert you can try treats like steamed pudding with roast pear, and Tonka Bean cheesecake with butterscotch caramel.
If you’re joining for dinner, you can look forward to starters like Tandoori chicken kebabs, smoked pork belly with kimchi and apple puree, and gnocci with wild mushrooms, parmesan and roast cauliflower. Mains include dishes like BBQ baby chicken and their risotto, and for dessert you can indulge in chocolate noir tart with orange and berry.
Other specials to look out for
Monday Madness: Any two starters, mains or desserts for the price of one (available all day)
Ladies Night on Thursdays – 50% off cocktails and food
Business Lunch Special – Bring a business card to the table and enjoy a choice of: 33% discount on 4 people or less; or 44% discount on tables of more than 4 (excludes drinks)
Daily ‘Happy Hour’ from 16h00 – 18h00 on selected cocktails and beers