Update — The restaurant at the Nek has closed down since writing this article. We will update the post once we receive any further details.
Constantia Nek has welcomed a new fine dining restaurant. The Restaurant at The Nek is the latest baby in the Harbour House family, a group of restaurants that includes La Parada, Tiger’s Milk and Harbour House Restaurant, to name a few. And after having lunch with them, I think this is just what the historic location n Constantia needed.
I’ve always loved this space. I’ve visited a few times before The Restaurant at The Nek opened, and it has an airy, calm atmosphere with spectacular views of the Constantia valley. I was thrilled when I heard that the venue would finally welcome a worthy dining experience to complement the setting.
Dylan Laity joins The Restaurant @ The Nek from The Roundhouse in Camps Bay, where he earned two consecutive Top 21 Restaurants and One Plate Awards in the prestigious JHP Gourmet Guide for 2017 and 2018. He is definitely one to keep an eye on in the Cape Town food scene.
The new eatery has a beach-house meets Scandi style, with huge moody botanical prints papering the walls. It’s instantly impressive, refreshing and calming. Locals will also be happy to know that the acoustics issues in the space have been solved completely so you can have an easy conversation through your meal.
And the food? Everything I tasted was absolutely delicious and perfectly presented. Think dishes like Mozambique Langoustines with amasi, kimchi and smoked trout roe, and Rare Karan Beef Sirloin seasoned with Rooikrans Coal Oil and fermented chillies.
I was most impressed by his delicious vegetarian options. I had organic beets with burnt apple, pine nut butter en lemon-thyme oil, which both heroed and transformed the humble root veg. The Heerboon velouté was equally delicious (with all the decadence of a great cheese sauce), served with a sliver of toasted rye bread dotted with Peppadew cream, roasted pear and Nasturtiums.
My very favourite thing, however, was dessert, a white chocolate mousse with hints of green tea, coconut and lychee. It was decadent without being overly sweet, making it the ideal finalé to the meal.
Price-wise I think they’re really reasonable, offering an 8 course menu for R820pp, or R1 220 with wine. I would recommend you visit them for lunch to make the most of the venue and the views.
For more info, visit constantianek.co.za