Per­fectly served dishes, ideal set­ting

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - EATING IN & OUT - ME­GAN BAADJIES

DEN ANKER restau­rant on the quay­side of the V&A Wa­ter­front has been serv­ing a com­bi­na­tion of lo­cal and Bel­gian flavours for over two decades.

The Bel­gian bistro style restau­rant is known for their Bel­gian beers and fresh fish dishes.

My col­league and I were hosted by Bran­don. Our wel­come drink was a fruit beer cock­tail with a blend of pineap­ple, lime, basil, el­der­flower and a touch of gin and lime.

The newly added ta­pas menu, which is found un­der the small bites sec­tion, in­cludes tuna tataki, tem­pura prawns, moz­zarella bur­rata and pork loin rib.

With the new ta­pas menu, guests can cre­ate their own plat­ters to share or en­joy on their own.

Other ad­di­tions in­clude pork belly, goat’s cheese tart, goat’s cheese salad and sweet melon carp­pa­cio.

Some of the old favourites in­clude the fish dishes like Kingk­lip and Nor­we­gian sal­mon.

There was one dish that got my at­ten­tion, which ac­cord­ing to Bran­don is a “must have” – the mus­sel pot.

Served in a medium size stain­less steel pot, the mus­sels are cooked the tra­di­tional way, in beer with some pars­ley, onion and gar­lic but­ter. I had to try it, and I am very happy I did.

In­side the steam­ing pot was beau­ti­fully cooked, plump mus­sels. While I could taste the flavours of the gar­lic but­ter, it was not over­pow­er­ing. I would strongly rec­om­mend shar­ing this dish.

The re­laxed set­ting makes this place per­fect for a ca­sual get to­gether for an easy lunch and sup­per with the fam­ily.

Ad­dress: Pier­head – V & A Wa­ter­front.

Tel: 021 419 0249

Open­ing hours: 11am - 10.30pm kitchen; 11am - 12pm bar

TASTY: Ta­pas at Den Anker.

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