I try out the all-new Lily’s in Mouille Point

by Karisa

I recently had the pleasure of trying out new kid on the Mouille Point block, Lily’s.  Located where Wakame used to be, it’s perfectly situated as far as views go, and even though I was there for dinner (and it was rather chilly outside), I could see how Lily’s would be a popular daytime spot, particularly on a sunny day.

The interior is absolutely gorgeous.  Warm tones, golden tables, cream leather chairs, beautiful birdcage-like lights, a few quirky touches and wraparound glass sliding doors.

They cover a part of the outside seating up at night & bring out heaters…

The menu is split into appetisers & light bites, vegetarian meals, mains, gourmet sandwiches & toasted sandwiches (served from 12 – 5pm), salads, burgers & sweet endings.

Then they also have a separate breakfast menu (which you can check out over here), which looks very very tempting indeed…

My dining partner-in-crime, Paul, and I agreed on sharing all our dishes – because as they say, sharing is caring. 😉  Plus, I hate not being able to get a taste of as much as I can.

To start we opted for the Ceasar Salad Croquettes (R90) which is kinda like a deconstructed ceasar salad with chicken croquettes, ceasar dressing, lettuce puree, parmesan & white anchovy.  It definitely wouldn’t have been my first, second or even third pick, but Paul convinced me to try it and it ended up being my favourite dish of the night.

We also had the Grilled Calamari (R85) which is served with feta & tomato concasse (which is a fancy-pants French term which refers to roughly chopping an ingredient), tomato puree & basil cream:

This was a really beautiful dish too…

For mains I picked the Holy Cow (R200) which is beef fillet served with button mushrooms, onions, potato puree & a beef jus:

Lovely dish, just didn’t blow me away as much as the starters did…

Paul picked the Lamb Popsicles (R220) – French trim lamb cutlets served with rosemary, chilli, garlic, olives, lemon & new baby potato:

Another lovely dish, just needed a little something extra – a sauce perhaps. The lamb was beautifully cooked though…

For dessert I opted for the Death By Chocolate (R85):

An absolute sugar-high in the form of a chocolate tart with white chocolate mousse, salted caramel, chocolate sauce, caramel popcorn, cocoa crumble & vanilla-pod ice cream.  Not for the fainthearted!

While Paul’s choice was slightly more demure…

The “Espresso your self” (R85) – molten lava cake, salted caramel & caffeine fix ice cream.  Beautiful presentation on both desserts, don’t you think?

Service-wise, our waiter was amazing.  He was warm & lovely and knew the menu well.  Our dishes also came out quickly, but not too quickly, which meant we were left to enjoy the evening without wondering where our next dish was or feeling overly full.

The only thing to note is that Lily’s is still waiting for their liquor license to come through.  That means that for now, it’s BYOB. Which actually isn’t that much of a train smash, as long as you go prepared.

I’m going to give Lily’s on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale for the amazing service, gorgeous setting and those amazing starters, and then for the mains & desserts.  When I go back I think I’m definitely going to try their Lily’s Fried Chicken (saw a photo on Instagram and it looked freakin’ delicious) or one of their fish mains (I have a feeling this may be where their real strength lies as far as the mains go).

Oh and then I’m definitely also going back for breakfast… That menu looks too good to miss…  If you want to do the same, breakfast is quite casual in that they don’t do reservations.  But for lunch / dinner, it would be safer to book a table as they’re the new “must try” spot in the area.  To make a booking contact them on:

  • Tel: 021 204 8545 or
  • Email: info@lilysrestaurant.co.za

Lily’s is open Monday to Sunday from 07:30 to 22:00.  And you’ll find them at: Shop 1, East-West Building, corner Beach Rd and Surrey Place, Mouille Point.



biltong101 Aug 13, 2017 - 1:04 pm

I’ll definitely check them out. I’ve been planning to go for a long time but as the place is reasonably new, I didn’t know anyone who’s already tried it out. Glad to hear that they have a nice vegetarian menu!

Karisa Aug 26, 2017 - 9:36 am

It’s such a beautiful space & the food really was lovely. Been wanting to go back again… want to try a breakfast or lunch. 🙂


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