I generally don’t like reviewing a new place in the first month that it’s opened. I find it usually takes a bit of time for them to iron out their kinks and perfect their processes, but schedules have been so crazy these last few weeks, so when I found myself in the CBD last week with some time to kill I decided to check out the new kid on the block that had just opened in Chiapinni street. Else it might be months before I get there.
Waters Edge is housed in the same spot where Truffle used to be. It’s a great location and interesting space where you can casually chill on the deck and watch the cars go by, mocktail in hand or have a more intimate experience inside the restaurant. The décor is slick with wooden finishes and comfortable dining chairs upholstered in trendy finishes.
A wooden staircase with modern glass balustrade leads up to a little haven on the mezzanine which is perfect for small functions or large group bookings. From here you have views over the highway and high rises on one side and the mountain on the other side. I use the generic “mountain”, cos in Cape Town the only mountain that gets referred to is Table Mountain of course. The amber hanging lights over the bar counter draws the eye and lends a contemporary air to the entire restaurant.
We arrived in the middle of the week, a Wednesday at 4.30pm. Kind of an in between time, so we were not surprised to be the only people there. One of the new owners Raheema Chickte, welcomed us in and had us quickly seated by our waiter Okkert. Yes, when you’re the only patrons in the joint, you quickly get onto first names basis with your waiter. Both Okkert and Raheema were very helpful in helping us make our choices from the menu. The menu itself is not huge. Chef Gianna, who is ex Beluga, has singled out key dishes to start with which I think is a good strategy. It includes your basics like Steaks, Burgers, some pasta dishes, and a select list of tramezzinis.
I was not very hungry so opted for the Nachos from the starters menu. My partner had the Masala Steak Tramezzini which comes with fries and onion rings. Raheema recommended the Alfredo pasta which I decided to take home for junior as well as the Jalapeno burger for Zulfi. Presentation was great. The tramezzini artfully served on a wooden board and the flavor was good. I thought it quite well priced for R65. The nachos looked yummy but I think could have used a bit more substance. I also couldn’t put my finger on it at first, but realized afterwards it was missing guacamole. Nachos is street food, and while this was beautifully presented it was almost too pretty. But at R40 it was very well priced. I would be happy to pay more though for the extras. Okkert advised that they do serve mocktails so we tried a Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada. Both were quite refreshing but as Okkert said still under construction as they were perfecting their recipes. The pasta which we had at home was a large portion. It was quite rich. No shying away from the cream here. The burger Zulfi found still needs some TLC.
The dessert menu is limited to 3 items. We opted for the Burfee dessert. A delicious soft burfee flavoured pudding, almost like ghaas, but not as light, scattered with chopped pistachios. We ordered one between us but I was left feeling like I could have finished one on my own. So much for not being that hungry. Raheema surprised us with their house Crème Brulee served with a wafer thin nut encrusted biscuit on the side. Presentation of both of these were on point. The Crème Brulee is made from scratch, the darks specks of real vanilla seeds attesting to quality consideration of the ingredients. This too we polished off with no regrets.
In chatting with Raheema it is clear that she is very invested in the idea of delivering a good quality product. Which is why they opened up fairly quietly with no razz matazz. They want to get their menu right before they make a big splash. I think they have exactly the right ethos. This is a comtemporary upmarket venue that is a welcome addition to the halaal scene in Cape Town. They will see me and my tastebuds again soon.
Listed: 2 November 2017
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch,
Cheap | Under R100, Medium | R100 - R300,