My Thursday lunch hour was booked by Oyo restaurant and cocktail bar. I was late for my reservations but they are very accommodating. I’m able to reschedule to 1 1/2 hr later, not working on African time I promise.
I’ve been here before with a girlfriend for lunch and they served me the best cocktail I’ve ever had, no jokes! I’ve drank a lot of cocktails in my life and this up there.
The venue/ location
It is picturesque, beautiful simple decor that looks so elegant. But I choose to sit outside, overlooking the V&A Waterfront harbour, the majestic Table Mountain itself and Signal hill. This is the picture you see in postcards. And the weather could not be more perfect today. This restaurant is located at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, at the V&A Waterfront.
Quite a lot of people choosing to dine here for lunch, outside of restaurant week, that’s a good sign.
But no wifi! For patrons of the restaurant unless they’re staying in the hotel, disappointing to say the least.
Good cocktails, all sounding so yummy. But they don’t have basil for my favorite cocktail ‘chili, basil martini. So opt for the vanilla, passion fruit martini. It is so delicious, I can taste all the components that make this cocktail and the presentation is pretty.
The wine menu is comprehensive enough but I don’t like the limitation of having only one variety of wine by glass. I drink Sauvignon blanc as my white of choice and my palate is not the biggest fan of Brampton Stellenbosch but I don’t have a choice now to another Sauvignon blanc, unless I’m willing to take the whole bottle. But I do like how the options are spread out through the Western cape and not the typical selection of only Franschoek/Paarl/Stellenbosch region.
They have beer on tap as well, including Peroni draught, my husband would be pleased.
The everyday menu, well presented with a good variety of foods that’ll pretty much please everyone. This is the best menu I’ve seen so far in restaurant week.
The special menu is a little limited, with a choice of starter/mains or mains/dessert. I’m opting for mains and dessert option.
I go for an ostrich burger with parma ham, gorgonzola cheese.
Big meal, wouldn’t have chosen it as a first choice but they’ve manage to make a burger look pretty. And that scores browny points in my books!
The fries are perfectly salted- you really don’t get this often in restaurant. There’s a usual assumption that you’ll season your fries yourself.
The gorgonzola goes amazingly with the sweet marmalade, and the parma ham underneath. The only disappointing thing is the actual patty that is not seasoned at all and it’s meant to the hero of the dish.
Dessert: Classic creme brûlée
This looks so gorgeous, now this is how you present your food! The brûlée has a crisp top, with spun sugar on top. Served with a cocoa biscotti, sweet berry sauce and fresh blueberries. My eyes are feasting already and my heart feels warm :)! As you crack the sugar, it falls into the brûlée and the combination of the textures is such a beautiful marriage. Everything just gels so harmonously, I feel like bursting into song!. Beautiful presentation/ textures and taste. I really cannot find any fault here.
I’m only seeing a few waitrons but everything seems to be working as a well oiled machine with no patron seeming to wait for attention. The manager is quite involved in the nitty gritty of it, not just looking over, which I appreciate. As much as they’re efficient and doing their job with a smile, I can’t help but feel its a little impersonal. They are so up and down that even the questions I have about the restaurant, I can’t ask.
But I really like how the bartender came to apologize personally instead of telling a waiter to, about the lack of basil for my cocktail. And offered available but similar options.
My waiter Forget, yes that’s his name, from Zimbabwe was very good. And he says his motto in life is to do the opposite of his name, ha ha ha :)!
The kitchen was super fast as well. Quite a clinical service.
Nice vibe with people walking up and down the harbour, relaxed and not feeling pretentious. I feel like I’m holiday, that lazy relaxed feeling.
Findability= I already knew where it was, so I won’t judge this.
The location/venue = 10/10
The drinks = 8/10
The food: Mains = 8/10. Dessert = 10/10
The service = 8/10
The Overall Experience/ Ambience = 9/10.
TOTAL SCORE = 53/60. Average = 8,8/10
Best restaurant of the week so far!!! I walk away feeling happy and content. Thank you 🙂