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Quay Four (V&A)
Physical address: Quay Four, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Cuisine: Pub fare, Light meals, Seafood, Steakhouses, Mediterranean, South African
Ambience: Cheap & Cheerful, Comfy & Casual, Contemporary Cool, Family Friendly
11:00 - late,
Monday - Sunday
Dinner: 11:00 - late, Monday - Sunday
Their seafood is fantastic, with oven-baked line fish with tomato, white anchovies, olives, and feta cheese taking pride of place, but they also do excellent meat dishes like steaks and crispy citrus duck. The scallop and kingklip fish cakes are delicious, nice and moist, served with a wasabi mayonnaise. The mussel pot, redolent with dill and garlic in a rich white wine and cream sauce, is spectacular.
The extensive winelist features the best of the Cape.
Things can slow down when they’re really busy, but service is usually warm and friendly.
The deep deck, with its great view of all the comings and goings in the harbour, is delightful in this unpretentious spot.
Upstairs you will find a more upmarket experience with an even better view, especially at night when the lights are on. (GL)
Dr Manoj Bagwandeen
You really need to 'up your standards', if you seriously believe that this place deserves the review you give it! Have you been there recently, as an unannounced & normal guest? Try that and see for yourself.
Dr Manoj Bagwandeen
After my horrible experience at Quay Four - V & A - Cape Town 2 years ago, it took a lot for me to go back there! I made the unfortunate mistake of 'trying it out' again on the evening of 12 November 2013!
Quay Four seems to be on a fast slide down the ramp and hurtling towards another 'restaurant that used to be good' ... way back in the day. The reception was atrocious, with a scruffy 'hostess' running around trying to find out which tables were still open. We had to clean up the table as the waitron was no where to be seen for about the first 8 minutes. We got our drinks about 18 minutes after ordering them and the food about 35 minutes after putting through the order. The food was poorly presented and looked very different from what the little picture depicted ... and the taste was even worse. Our meals came to an abrupt halt when my dining partner discovered a full grown, green caterpillar / worm on the salad leaves! The salad was rather 'limp' in the first place, but the discovery of the additional protein source was too much for us! We waited about 6 minutes before a waiter was once again visible and asked for the manager. 3 minutes later, a 'Mark Lombard' approached us to enquire what the problem was. I expressed my intense dissatisfaction with the service, the quality of the food and showed him the reason for my 'reaching the end of my line'. He said that the worm in the salad is regrettable and asked if he could replace the salad! Needless to say, by this stage, I was so disgusted that I just wanted to get the hell out of there. I asked him to arrange the bill for me and told him that it would be the last time that we would visit Quay Four again. He left without offering much else ... and this is what really puts the cherry on the top ... the waitron returned soon thereafter with the bill. The bill was for the full value of both meals ... no discounts or waiver of the cost of the one meal etc.
I paid and left, vowing never to return to Quay Four again! To then add further salt to the wound, I got up at about 2 am that night with stomach cramps and diarhoea! My girlfriend followed soon thereafter! What a horrible experience eating at Quay Four turned out to be for us! It truly is a shame that such establishments are allowed to get away with such poor standards just because they are situated in prime locations and tend to serve customers who visit for just one or 2 occasions as they are predominantly tourists here. What an ugly impression they must leave Cape Town with!
The tavern is meant to be famous for its fabulous fish and chips. What a huge disappointment! We ordered 2 meals: fish and chips and also calamari and salad. The fish looked delicious but though; the batter was lovely and light, the fish was awful. It tasted soft and mushy, like fish that had been frozen for too long! The chips were not the best either. The calamari was mediocre and the salad was at least fresh, probably the best part of the meal. Quay Four Please at least use fresh fish, especially given that it's what you're "famous" for.
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