The Kove Collection added a fresh approach to seafood cuisine with their new restaurant, Firefish, which launched in 2017. The restaurant is situated at the harbour-side of the V&A Waterfront and is a serene space from which to observe Cape Town’s most cosmopolitan scene.
On arrival you are blown away by the beautiful décor and greenery, and the warm and welcoming staff make you feel at home as you take your seat and admire the beautiful view.
Serving sensational seafood, fresh from the ocean and hot off the grill, Firefish offers a unique concept: All fish and meat are grilled on the state of the art Josper Charcoal Grill which operates at an ultra-high temperature to allow the kitchen to grill and roast while preserving and enhancing the most delicate of flavours.
You can have fresh fish or shellfish from ‘The Ice Bar’ and have it prepared ‘Your Way’ with a choice of delectable sides (crispy miso fries or soy sesame greens) or opt for an à la carte dish (pan-fried seabass with Champagne, yuzu, miso sauce, pickled ginger and crispy lotus root).
Firefish’s menu offers something for everyone, from freshly shucked oysters, sushi, salads and vegetarian dishes, and chicken (BBQ miso baby chicken with lemon, garlic and chilli).
For those who love to share, there’s a selection ranging from bao buns to yakitori skewers, and tempting ‘Happy Endings’ (coconut panna cotta with mango sorbet, fresh citrus salad, lime soil and toasted coconut).
With stunning views and a luxurious setting, Firefish is also the place to sip on some fabulous South African wines and delicious cocktails.
I decided to go for the oysters, which was not part of the set menu starter, and Jody went for the chicken yakitori soy, ginger and spring onion, which was beautifully presented and had a burst of flavour. I loved the soy and ginger that added a nice kick to the chicken.
This was my first time having a fish curry. I didn’t know what to expect but was truly blown away by the array of flavours and fresh fish. I was very eager to lick my bowl – it was just the right amount of spices.
We wanted to try the fish and meat dishes they have on the set menu, so I opted for the fish and Jody stuck to the meat. He enjoyed a beautifully presented and very delicious Szechuan pepper braised beef short rib with onions, cauliflower and mashed potato. It was so good, I had some to try out myself, and it was a very warm and homely meal filled with flavour.
The desert was on another level. Not only did it look too pretty to even eat, but it tasted amazing. We had the yuzu fondant with sesame ice cream and praline and the Japanese pear tart with almond and chocolate ice cream. Both were mouth-watering. Overall, we had a lovely lunch at the restaurant, with pleasant and efficient staff.
For more information on Firefish, have a look at their website.
Shop 154 Victoria Wharf, Breakwater Boulevard, V & A Waterfront
+27 (0) 21 286 4933 | firstname.lastname@example.org
MR LEE FRASER