A friend of mine recently reached the milestone of 88 years young, and I was lucky enough to be invited out to dinner with his family to celebrate his birthday at Blowfish Restaurant in Bloubergstrand. I’d heard many people raving about Blowfish, which styles itself as “one of Cape Town’s premier seafood restaurants,” and was looking forward to the evening.
We arrived at the restaurant and were seated at a table next to the panoramic window, so that we had a magnificent view of Table Mountain, silhouetted across the bay, the lights of Cape Town twinkling at its base …
Blowfish restaurant was bustling and there was a pleasant ambiance. I gazed over at the sushi bar, and got up to have a look at its offerings. Beautifully prepared fishy morsels swept past on the conveyor belt, whetting my appetite. I then went and had a look at the fish counter, where beautiful cuts of fish were displayed, allowing diners to choose their cut and weight of fish.
My senses suitably stimulated, I returned to the table to peruse the menu with the other members of the party. We decided to do mains and dessert, sadly passing over starters such as the Thai fishcakes or calamari stuffed with four cheeses and prawns.
Our orders were duly taken by our pleasant waiter, and we turned in conversation to watch the lights twinkling over the bay whilst enjoying the wine, a delicious De Grendel 2009, from Durbanville.
The wine list at Bloeis one of the most extensive I’ve seen, providing most South African wines. It is divided into different types of wine, such as Method Cap Classique, whites, reds and rose. The list provides wines to suit a wide array of palates, and also tells you the regions were the wine originated.
The menu is also extensive, with a wide range of sushi on offer, and I’ll be heading back another night, just to focus on the beautiful fresh sushi on offer – from delicate slivers of sashimi, to beautifully wrapped nigiri rolls, and crunchy tempura prawns.
Blowfish offers several fresh salads such as the kite-boarder, which is a play on a chicken ceaser, or a grilled calamari salad, both of which would make great light mains.
For the main course diners can choose from a range of fish, from the ubiquitous salmon to tuna, dorado, kingklip, sole and butterfish to name a few. Langoustines, lobsters and prawns are also available. Most of the fish on offer is sustainable, and the menu has the little SASSI green fish symbol to let you know that the fish is sustainably caught – always something one needs to think about these days.
The restaurant also offers the SASSI pocket guide, so you can look up what you are eating. There are a number of Chefs specials, covering seafood, beef fillet, lamb and duck – though to be honest, if you are going to Blowfish you really should be eating fish! There are several different platters and surf and turf available.
The food arrived and we tucked in – sneakily sampling each others dishes when they weren’t paying attention. The 200g butterfish was melt-in-the-mouth tender, but still meaty as a good fillet steak. It was subtly seasoned with jalapeno and apricot seasoning. It could have used more salt, but that is a personal choice and something that can be added. The lemon butter sauce was delicious, if a bit rich with butterfish.
The Jewel of the Sea platter was delicious, with beautifully cooked kingklip, tender calamari and prawns. The Norwegian salmon was well cooked, but nothing special. The kingklip with pineapple salsa was delicious, although a much smaller portion than the others on the table though the salsa had a nice kick. The seafood epetada was a huge skewer of fish, prawns and calamari, marinated in wine and beer, which was delicious, and could easily be shared.
We managed to squeeze in pudding, one of the most delicious crème brulee I’ve ever tasted, light and fluffy, but still creamy, with a crisp thin caramel top. A huge slice of chocolate cheesecake, that was a bit much after a large main, and a delicious chocolate banana spring roll, that was a perfect light finish to the meal.
All in all we had a fantastic evening, in an elegant seafood restaurant. There is a huge variety on offer and I can see why the restaurant has such a good reputation.
Contact & Address:
Blowfish can be found at 1 Marine Drive, Dolphin Beach, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town.
They can be contacted on +27 (21) 556-5464 – Booking is essential!