An anniversary dinner to remember at Harbour House Kalk Bay

In about July this year, Gav and I decided to do something that we haven’t done in four years. We decided to go on a December holiday… It was made more significant because the last long holiday that we took was our honeymoon four years ago.  As I have family from Europe coming to Cape Town this year and my parents – together with family from my mom’s side – are all in/will be in Cape Town as well, we decided to join them. As we flew down on our wedding anniversary, we decided that we needed to treat ourselves to an exceptional dinner to celebrate our four years of marriage. And as we are staying on the False Bay coast, there was no question but to celebrate at Harbour House, Kalk Bay.

The Harbour House from My Childhood

My parents bought a house in Simonstown over 20 years ago. As such, I know the False Bay coastline extremely well. This is particularly true for Kalk Bay Harbour where Harbour House is situated. I’ve seen the area evolve from offering only simple fish and chips to the elegant dining that is offered there today.

What makes the restaurant so unique is its location. Harbour House is situated right on the rocks of the harbour. This means that as you dine you can watch the sun set over False Bay and see the waves grow all the more wild as the night progresses. There are only a few tables that offer this view so if you do decide to dine here, ask to be seated in the 60s when you make a booking,

What we chose to eat at Harbour House

We started with a superb bottle of Prosecco from Da Luca. With hints of peach and apricot on the palate, it was the perfect way to start off our meal.


Da Luca Prosecco at Harbour House

Gav absolutely adores cooking and one of his hobbies is watching food shows. Hell’s Kitchen is one of his favourites. On it, one of their signature dishes is the scallops. Seeing that Harbour House had this on the menu, he had to try it!


Scallops at Harbour House

I’m a huge fan of tartare. I’ve had beef and salmon but never yellowtail. So when I saw this on the menu, my mind was made up:

Yellowtail tartare at Harbour House


We shared an artisanal tomato salad which was brought together beautifully by a hollandaise sauce. I never thought that it would work well in any other dish besides Eggs Benedict!

In terms of mains, we stuck to a fish theme. Gav chose angelfish on risotto. It was done beautifully to bring out the delicate flavours of the fish:

I’m an absolute sucker for salmon trout. The dish that the chefs gave me did not disappoint!

Ending off on a high note, we both decided to go with their chocolate tart topped with vanilla bean ice cream and butterscotch whiskey sauce with hazelnut praline on the side:


If you’re in Kalk Bay or the Waterfront (they have another branch here) in Cape Town, I really recommend that you give them a try.  If you would like me to review your restaurant, have a look at my writing page to see what my philosophy on writing for clients is. Follow this link to leave me your details and I’ll get back to you.