I have a major weakness for tapas – I can think of nothing better than ordering a whole bunch of little plates of food and sharing them around the table. It’s the best way to get a taste of everything. A little savoury, a little sweet, a little hot and a little cold. It’s the most delightful way to eat. Throw in a killer view and a few cocktails, and you’ve got yourself a winner. We recently enjoyed a tapas date night at Dalliance in the V & A Waterfront and it was an absolute treat.

Tapas date night at Dalliance
Cheers to tapas date night at Dalliance!

First of all, the space is fantastic – chic, comfortable and sophisticated. The service is exceptional, and deserves a huge high five. It is so refreshing to see a team work together so well. The staff are fun, vibey and really spent time with each table which brought an incredible energy to the evening. The menu is well thought out and includes a good selection of dishes – vegetarian, meat, seafood and sweets. The food is bang-on the money with variety, flavour, texture, freshness and uniqueness. A tapas date night at Dalliance is a delicious affair and I cannot wait to go back.

With so much to choose from, we decided to tackle the menu in stages and broke it down to “starters, mains and desserts”. To start, we had the goats cheese, beetroot, walnuts & watercress (R50), chicken wings (R55) and prawn special (R90) – all 3 were tasty and went down a treat with our cocktails and beer.

Dalliance - Goats cheese
Goats Cheese, Beetroot & Watercress

Tapas date night at Dalliance Cape Town
Spicy, sticky chicken wings up front

Dalliance - Prawns
Chilli prawns

We then moved on to the meatier dishes and ordered the beef short rib with mushroom duxelles and bone marrow gratin (R65), the fillet with béarnaise sauce and skinny fries (R90), the lamb chops with olive oil, lemon, garlic and rosemary (R100) and butter chicken curry with naan (R55) – all 4 dishes were out of this world good but the beef short rib was the absolute winner of the night. Tender, sticky beef with dreamy bone marrow was just perfect in every way.

Dalliance - Beef short rib
Best beef short rib and bone marrow!

Dalliance - Fillet
Steak and chips

Dalliance - Lamb Chops
Smokey lamb chops – with fresh lemon. So good!

Dalliance - Butter chicken
Lick your plate butter chicken curry.

To end, we went for the 2 desserts from the specials board. The chocolate fondant with just the right amount of chocolatey-gooeyness and the rice crispy treats which took us straight back to our younger years.

Perfection. I cannot fault a single thing. If you’re looking for your next tapas date night spot, I suggest you give Dalliance a visit. You can thank me later.

Dalliance - chocolate fondant
Gooey chocolate fondant.

Dalliance - rice crispy treat
YUM – rice crispy treats

Dalliance Restaurant & Bar

Shop 7216A, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Open: Monday to Sunday 11hoo – 23h00
Tel: +27 (21) 418 1037
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