Kong dinner (& dancin’) review

by Karisa

Back in July, I attended the launch of an all new bar & grill in De Waterkant called Kong:

For lots more pics of this gorgeous venue, do check out my original post over here.

I immediately fell in love with the decor & general feel of the place, so when I was invited back for dinner followed by a bit of dancin’, I definitely could not say no.

Now for those looking for a night out on the town, Kong has live DJs in their upstairs venue every Wed – Sat evening. For those just looking for a lovely dinner out, any night of the week is fine. We decided to do a bit of both by paying them a visit on a Thursday evening.

The downstairs dining area.

Other notable mentions:

  • It’s a great place to watch the Rugby World Cup games. In fact they’re running a great world cup special: burger & chips plus beer/glass of house wine for R95.
  • On Thursday evenings between 8pm and 9pm, ladies can enjoy FREE bubbly!

Right, now for my thoughts on dinner… An immediate win for me was the wine list, which compared to most other restaurants in Cape Town, is very well priced. White wine ranges mainly from R150 to R300 per bottle, with reds ranging from R195 to R400. We enjoyed a lovely bottle of award-winning Saronsberg Provenance Shiraz at only R270 for the bottle:

A really lovely wine..

The chef kicked us off with a little “amuse-bouche” which was a deliciously different take on a vegetable maki:

Then for starters we ordered from their tapas menu. We went with the pan fried squid (R69) and the Beef and Mozzarella Taquito (R75):

This was really good – could have done a second portion for sure…
Not as good as the squid, but also a very nice dish…

Then for mains I opted for the 200g Beef Fillet (R169) with roasted garlic mash potato (R30), while the boyfriend went for the Asian inspired chicken burger (R89):

I also added a mushroom & truffle cream sauce (R30) which trust me is the best damn R30 you’ll ever spend. That sauce is amazing! As for the fillet – a beautiful piece of meat, perfectly prepared, and the mash was nice ‘n creamy.
The boyfriend’s thoughts on the burger: Good, maybe just a tad sweet (I think that’s due to the Asian dressing, so may not be everyone’s vibe). I saw a bunch of their beef burgers pass us by & can tell you those looked pretty impressive as well – so if you’re looking for more of a classic style burger, I’d say rather give that a bash.

Then for dessert – Coconut & thyme pana cotta (R59) and their dark chocolate fondant (R75):

This was really lovely & light. The perfect option if you’re craving something sweet but don’t have a lot of space to spare.
Devilishly rich, but a beautifully done fondant.

This was a really lovely meal paired with friendly and attentive service. I also think their pricing is very reasonable. For all of these reasons I’m going to give Kong the following score on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale:

After dinner we popped upstairs for a few drinks & some dancing… I had a big day at the office the next day, so nothing too hectic, but for those wanting to make a big night of it, there’s definitely lots of opportunity to let your hair down.

For reservations – contact them on 082 429 9123 or reservations@kongcapetown.co.za, alternatively – make us of their online booking system on their website.

A big thank you to the Kong team for looking after us so well. Hoping to pop back soon for that heavenly mushroom & truffle cream sauce… I simply can’t live without it now. 😉


** This was a PR invite & a sponsored meal **

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