I’m going to be honest, I’ve been sitting on this post for quite some time, not sure how to position it due to some hiccups on the night. But, I eventually decided to just put it out there, warts and all (so to speak), because it was only 3 weeks after their doors opened for business and therefore teething issues are to be expected, but overall I still thought it had potential to be great. So with that in mind, here goes…
Firefish is the latest addition to the Kove Collection family (think Paranga, The Bungalow, Blanko, Lily’s, Zenzero, Umi, La Belle Bistro & more). Kove Collection has, in my mind at least, has become synonymous with great food in a beautiful setting, and therefore my expectations were high.
Situated on the bottom level of the V&A Waterfront main complex, on the water side, Firefish has great views of the V&A harbour & table mountain:
Now onto the food… Their main menu features a good selection of starters & salads, sushi, various fresh shellfish & fish options, some meaty dishes and what they refer to as “Happy Endings”. Then they also have a “To Share” menu featuring tapas style options including baos, dim sum, yakitori skewers, wraps & tempura dishes.
My dinner date (we shall call him Bob 😉 ) and I decided to try one item from the “To Share” menu, one item from their sushi selection, one main menu starter & some oysters to kick things off. That way we got a little taste of everything.For mains, Bob and I decided to try one fish dish & one meat dish. Bob went for the Norwegian Salmon (SQ): Having read about their Josper Charcoal Grill, I opted for the charcoal grilled beef fillet (R240): Turns out there was a glitch in the kitchen and instead of using their regular wasabi, someone accidentally used this vicious wasabi from someone’s private stash which is literally the hottest thing you’ll ever taste… Completely unaware of the wall of pain that was about to hit me, I casually cut off a nice chunk of steak, drenched in that wasabi sauce, and put it into my mouth… what followed felt like a heart attack, mixed with a punch in the face, finished off with a 3rd degree burn. 🙂 Being a trooper (and not wanting to look like a baby), I slowly managed to swallow without passing out. Bob, noticing the tears running down my face, asked what’s wrong. When I explained he noted that he was pretty sure it wasn’t that bad (him fancying himself as a bit of a wasabi connoisseur – having searched for and found a pretty strong wasabi brand which he had back at home).
Well… Bob was wrong, very very wrong… In fact, he couldn’t even swallow his piece and he had scraped some of the sauce off. Of course once the manager & chef realised what had gone wrong, they were super apologetic about it. They even offered Bob a tube of the really really hot stuff to take home (recommended of course in small doses and definitely not for use as a sauce).It’s a pity actually because that fillet was a beautiful cut off meat and after scraping off all of the sauce that was left, I really enjoyed the rest of my meal.
For dessert we decided to share the Burnt Matcha Cream (R60) served with a sesame wafer, strawberries & a chocolate oat crumble. This was without a doubt the star of the show, I mean just look at how beautiful this presentation is:So ja, definitely some ups & downs… And definitely a meal I will never forget. That wasabi story will go down as one of my favourite stories to tell, that’s for sure. But that aside, there were some good dishes and some not so good, but the service was great and the setting was beautiful – so really can’t fault them on those fronts.
Overall I’m going to give Firefish a score of modest on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale, but I’m keen to pay them another visit in a month or so, especially to try some more of their tapas & sushi options (with their normal wasabi). Of course if you think you’re man enough to try the “hot stuff”, maybe they’ll be willing to give you a little taste…
Keen to give them a bash? Then take note of the following NB details:
- Contact: +27 (0) 21 286 4933 or
- Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 22h30
- Restaurant Address:
Shop 154, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront