Now I’m well aware that restaurants in the V&A Waterfront struggle a bit with that “it’s only for tourists” stigma, add to that the fear of it not being good because it’s inside a shopping centre and things get even trickier. But with all that said, there are a few gems in the V&A that I personally really enjoy, one of those being Dalliance which is located on the upper level, in the same passage as Louis Vuitton, etc.
I first stumbled upon them back in February of last year and also did a blog feature (which you can have a look at over here). When they opened their menu was tapas only, which I loved because I’m a huge tapas fan in general. A year in and they’ve now decided to change things up a bit by switching over to a starters, mains & dessert style menu, and to test drive it, they invited a few media folks over for dinner.
Decor wise, if you haven’t yet popped your head in at Dalliance you’re seriously missing out. It’s a very sexy space that even allows you to hide away around the corner and completely forget that you’re inside a shopping centre while enjoying a bit of a V&A Waterfront view.
Let me give you a quick tour:
For starters we went for the calamari (R95) & the trinchado (R80):Then for mains we opted for the sushi platter (not a standard menu item) and the sirloin (R160): Then for dessert we tried the pineapple cheesecake (R85) and the chocolate fondant (R75): To have a look at their full menu, hop on over here. I do feel that with these menu changes they have lost their pricing edge a bit, thus blending more into the regular V&A pricing zone. You’re getting larger portions, which obviously also come with higher prices, but if like me you like to taste a few different things, you may find it a bit limiting now.
That said, their food quality is still really good, the service is top-notch, and overall the team is super warm & welcoming, ensuring that you have a lovely time.
For these reasons I’m going to give them a on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale & the next time you’re in the V&A looking for a great spot to rest your feet after a manic shopping spree, you should definitely give them a try.
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