Enjoying a seafood feast at the beautiful Harbour House Constantia Nek

by Karisa

Picture the scene:  A beautifully sunny Sunday, 2 people who have been starving themselves in preparation for this meal, a gorgeous, lush Constantia setting, and a seafood selection so fresh, even the most critical Cape Town hipster would agree there’s nothing fresher. 😉

Yup, that’s what my friend Steven and I got to experience about 2 weeks ago over at Harbour House Constantia Nek (situated at nr 1 Hout Bay Rd).  For those who’ve been to their V&A or Kalk Bay restaurants, you’ll know that Harbour House has always set a pretty high standard as far an an elegant dining experience goes.   Their Constantia Nek restaurant certainly keeps that high standard going with a striking white interior with touches of wood and exposed brick, views that overlook their vegetable garden and the Constantia hills, and a menu that offers a wide variety of dishes to cater for all tastes (even those who aren’t big seafood fans).

Let me give you a quick tour:

Gorgeous, right?  To kick things off we of course had to do a glass of bubbles:

Sunday lunch bubbles are the best!

After which their sommelier highly recommended this lovely Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc from Steenberg:

The official tasting notes: The Rattlesnake displays notes of lime and frangipani blossoms, white peach, fresh ginger, cape gooseberry and melon on the nose. On the palate, this wine is vibrant with a fresh and zesty acidity that gives structure and longevity along with the fruit.

Now let’s get down to the food… oh the glorious food… We actually ended up ordering mainly from this menu:

But you can also have a look at their a la carte menu over here.

For starters we had the tuna tartare (R105) and the tian of prawns (R110):

This dish was absolute perfection. Fresh, light & with the perfect amount of zest. Loved every bite.

Steven’s prawns were equally good. The prawns were crisp & golden on the outside and perfectly soft on the inside. The layers of aubergine, tomato & avo perfectly complement them, as well as the drizzle of sweet chilli sauce on the plate.

For mains it was a case of go big or go home… We were there for as much seafood as our bodies could handle, and we were dead set on achieving that goal.  So, with that in mind, we opted to share a seafood selection for one (R750) and added an extra portion of  langoustines (for approx R400) into the mix.   Now I know a seafood selection for one doesn’t sound like a lot of food, but trust me – it is.  Let me show you what I mean:

The seafood selection includes: mussels, calamari, prawns, 2 types of fish (or your choice), and 2 sides (of your choice). Then as mentioned we also added a portion of langoustines.

Here’s a closer look at everything:

The mussels were probably my favourite. That sauce was to die for & the mussels were big & plump. Absolutely delicious.

The langoustines we added were also really good… just felt it was a bit of a pricey add on for the portion size…

For the fish, we went for yellowtail & kingklip…

And then in an attempt to be healthy we went for a side of veg…

But then to keep things real, we also went for a side of chips…

How we still managed to make space for dessert after that spread is a medical marvel, but somehow we did! I opted for their caramelised lemon tart (R70) and Steven went for the classic crème brûlée (R70).

My tart was served with marshmallow (I think), brownie crumbs and stawberries & was really pretty both in look & taste.

I had a bite of the crème brûlée & this was everything a crème brûlée should be – crispy top, creamy filling. So no complaints there. Steven also went for their recommended pairing which was a Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or.

Looking back at everything we had, I really can’t fault anything from a flavour & presentation perspective.  Harbour House certainly knows how to serve up a decadent dish.   The only thing to consider is that this definitely is a splurge meal (particularly if you go for the seafood spread), so if you’re on a tight budget, that’s something you will have to take into consideration.  There are items on the a la carte menu that are more pocket-friendly though.

Other notable mentions:

  • Service:  Excellent!
  • Setting:  Well you saw my photos, what’s not to love?
  • Would I go again:  Definitely

For all these reasons, I’m going to give Harbour House Constantia Nek a score of on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale.

To book a table at Harbour House Constantia Nek, you can contact them on:

  • 021 795 0688
  • constantianek@harbourhouse.co.za

They are open 7 days a week from 12 to 4pm and then again from 6 to 10pm.


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