Balducci’s – Italian chic in Africa

Is it just me or are there more professional waiters around now than there used to be when I was running a restaurant 15 years ago in Cape Town?  And by professional I mean – this is my only job!

Fabulous Karan Beef T Bone

Fabulous Karan Beef T Bone

We struck it really lucky with Tina at a very happy evening at Balducci’s on the Waterfront recently.  She was able to describe the Mooiplaas Sauvignon Blanc and the Capaia red blend which are the house wines which we drank – really happily – by the glass.  Friendly easy drinkers that made no challenge to the palate – perfect food wines.  Brilliantly priced as well.

Balducci's Onion Soup

Balducci's Onion Soup

Italian chic in Africa says the menu.  Italian chic we found and some other classics as well.  A brilliant Onion soup [more French than Italian] but a stunner with a cheesy Gruyére croute on top and a dab of Macadamia nut pesto.  Delicious rich broth.  Melanzane alla Parmigiana had a touch of smoked kwaito cheese in it and roasted pumpkin seeds on top.

There was a fabulous [the best we have ever had?] White pizza that we could not resist – mozzarella, kwaito and Chevin on a béchamel sauce base with sautéed spinach.  A real stunner.  There is an almost never-ending choice of pizzas on the menu – we chose this one because it was so different.

Main courses were excellent too – the house calamari tubes with chili and garlic were so tender [as a mother’s parting words my mother used to say].  The grilled fillet of Karan beef with a red wine and port sauce was yummy with the sauce accompanying rather than dominating the fillet.  Creamy polenta with chopped rosemary went so well with the beef.

Good choice of desserts and CHEESE!  YAY!

There’s a wicked looking Burger menu – prices starting from R50 – if you’re wanting to drop in for a pre movie snack or lunchtime snack.

Balducci’s, V & A Waterfront, 021 421 6002.

November 1st, 2009|Categories: Restaurants|

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