Ever been to Den Anker? It’s time you went, especially to discover their wonderful annual Winter Specials. This famous Waterfront restaurant serves Belgian food, beer and great wines, spanking fresh fish and seafood specialities plus choice cuts of beef and other meaty treats. (Still my #1 place for steak tartare and frites.) Their puddings are wickedly rich and delicious and the vibe is always great.
This winter’s special is a meal to share between two, aptly called The Perfect Share. Choose your platter from Fish & Chips/Mussel Pot with Frites/Bone-in Matured Sirloin Steak and Chips. Ranging from R185 to R295 per platter, the price includes two glasses of Jordan Chardonnay or two Den Anker’s very own Anker Brew.
Hearty portions and decent prices mean lunch at Den Anker can easily become a weekly institution. And why not? From its position in the harbour it boasts one of the most spectacular views of Table Mountain (Instagram opps galore); the food is always delicious, service smooth and gracious and the atmosphere unbeatable.
Here’s what they say about themselves on their website:
Take an umbrella shaded table on our terrace, at the African Queen bar, or in our streamlined interior, where wall-to-wall windows make the most of the picture – postcard backdrop of Table Mountain.
Described by restaurant critics as ‘one of the Waterfront’s most popular pioneers’ we’re now celebrating our 21st anniversary. Enjoy the friendly ambience . . . our serving staff is attentive and smiling.
Menus revolve round fresh, seasonal dishes like just-caught crayfish or shrimps flown in from Europe. Specialities range from generous pots of mussels and frites to traditional South African fare; gourmet temptations from foiegrasbrulee to velvet-smooth chocolate.
We import beers from small Belgian breweries to ensure a spread of different flavours and styles. six of these are served on tap: De Koninck, Vedett Extra White, LiefmansFruitesse, La Chouffe, Maredsous Blond and of course Anker beer, brewed exclusively for us in Lochristi to a personal recipe from Den Anker’s Belgian founder, Denis Bouckaert.
For visitors wanting to try something local, tasty South African specialities change weekly. To avert a riot by regulars, best-sellers remain constant.