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“What an amazing experience”

Dash Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #31 of 1,207 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Good for: Bar Scene, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Dash Restaurant & Bar is the jewel in the crown of the Queen Victoria Hotel, which is situated in the Portswood Precinct near the Waterfront, Cape Town. An intimate restaurant, with just 36 seats, serves the most delicious food, as testified by its constant rave reviews. It prides itself on only using the best and freshest ingredients, to chime with the Cape’s seasons. The dishes at Dash change every few weeks, when new ingredients become available. Early diners are welcomed to relax in the swanky bar area for a cocktail and take in impressive views of Table Mountain and the city. Dash has an impressive and exceptionally well chosen wine list and the walls boast some remarkable artwork, kindly loaned by the restaurant’s prestigious gallery neighbour, Everard Read, and this is also changed every few months with new work by renowned local artists, such as Beezy Bailey and John Meyer.
Reviewed 6 December 2013 via mobile

Ok, I'll start this review with the simple question...WHY aren't more people going there???? The hotel is boutique styled coupled with wonderful staff to welcome and look after you. The Dash Restaruant is done out in a lovely stye, relaxed yet elegant, and although not completely separate to the bar, it does have a very large fire acting as a barrier. We were greeted by Dale the maître de, who catered to our every whim, engaged in detailed conversations about the food and wine and was a pleasure to deal with throughout. His attention to detail was very impressive. So onto the food, Jamie the Cheif has skills!!! His focus is definitely on flavours, the understanding required to blend and support numerous flavours in unison is something else. The presentation was faultless!!!! The portion sizes were a concern having eaten in most places in Cape Town over the years where the volume is a little too much. We needn't had worried as all the courses were perfectly sized as if he knew how much we needed. We had a mix of fish, savoury and meat across our starters and mains. We didn't opt for the mid course sorbets, yet in hindsight we should've as the table next to us did, they all enjoyed them fully! Even the wife said she's never heard me lost for words, yet the mushroom parfait I had for starter did exactly that, wow, it will rate as one of my best starters ever, and we're lucky to eat around the world. Jamie's capabilities are one of Cape towns best kept secrets!!!! The team overall we're wonderful and looked after us on our last night in town perfectly.

So my concern is this, why was it ai empty??? It's a cracking hotel and venue with views across the bay and waterfront area. Is it PR or lack of advertising, is it because it's competing with those people who go for what they know at the waterfront, is it because it's only a couple of years old and places such as Soceiti Bistro, Five Files and Nelson's Eye are brilliant in their own right and hence not known enough yet?

Well I'm not one to write reviews yet I felt compelled to share what a fantastic restaurnt Dash is, the food is something else, the service top notch and amazingly great value at £25-30!!!!!

Please support these guys and experience a wonderful evening yourselves!!!

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Neil M, Managing Director at Dash Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2013

Good day

I'd like to thank you for writing this stunning review on your experience at Dash Restaurant. Jamie certainly has a special set of skills and I will certainly pass the compliments on to him and the team. We hope to welcome you back again on your next visit to Cape Town.

Kind regards
Neil Markovitz
Managing Director - Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

Read all the reviews and agree entirely that it is a well kept secret as there were just a small number of covers when we visited but at least this means you can get a table!! To put this place in context, we have eaten at several Michelin starred restaurants, including two 2*, and Dash is the equal if not better. When you factor in that in the UK you would probably pay £50/head for a similar meal without drinks and we paid £41 for two with an excellent bottle of wine then the value for money is remarkable. The food is sublime and so attractively presented. For a starter I had a deconstructed caesar salad so was just amazing. Do take the sorbet course ie three choices from four on offer for ZAR 25!! The staff were excellent and service was spot on plus you sit on a very lovely restaurant. Finally, do try (but please share!) the cheese platter....delicious. Our one mistake was to opt for the Savoy Cabbage on our final night and suffer a very ordinary meal rather than returning here. Thanks to the chefs for a memorable experience.

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Neil M, Managing Director at Dash Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2013

Good day

Thank you very much for the wonderful review - it is great to get such feedback from someone who has dined at several Michelin starred restaurants. I will certainly pass the compliments on to the chefs.

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Neil Markovitz
Managing Director - Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges

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Reviewed 28 November 2013

We have eaten at Dash on numerous occations and it has always been a memrable experiences with excellent food by a great chef, it is just very sad that there is very little marketing done for such an excellent venue. Most of our friends that we told about Dash has never heard of the place. I think management should seriously look into this !

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Neil M, Managing Director at Dash Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2013

Dear Andries

I'm very glad to hear that you enjoy dining at Dash Restaurant and you'll be happy to hear that we've got quite a few exciting things in the pipeline for 2014. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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Neil Markovitz
Managing Director - Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges

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Reviewed 16 November 2013

I can't understand how this place is quiet, the food and service are awesome simply one of the best meals you could ask for. The ambience is memorable on a cold chilly cape evening. The chocolate fondant is true highlight. Big bonus is being able to dine with kids.

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Neil M, Managing Director at Dash Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Dear Gerald

Thanks for the lovely review on Dash Restaurant. I have to agree, that there aren't many upmarket restaurants such as Dash where you can comfortably bring your kids along and this does make it quite special. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience and hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Cape Town!

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Neil Markovitz
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Ate in this lovely restaurant last night and was surprised that it was so quiet. We had a drink in the bar first with a lovely fire burning beside us. The staff are lovely and our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was simply STUNNING.presentation was just awesome..like being in a Michelin star restaurant anywhere in the world. How this restaurant is so quiet is way beyond me.Apart from the food being beautiful it is beautifully furnished with leather seats and lovely expensive looking slate tables. This chef certainly knows how to,cook and I think the restaurant need a good marketing manager to,promote this beautiful restaurant.

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Neil M, Managing Director at Dash Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Good day

Thanks for the wonderful review on Dash Restaurant. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the experience and your complimentary remarks regarding the chef and his team are greatly appreciated.

Kind regards
Neil Markovitz
Managing Director - Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges

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