Dalliance tapas bar buzzes with a vibey atmosphere and serves tasty nibbles along with a great selection of wines and cocktails.
A dalliance is described as a period of brief or casual involvement with something (often love), and as such, is the perfect name for a new tapas bar at the V&A Waterfront. Located inside the mall, it is the ideal spot to take a break to enjoy a delicious bite in-between a serious shopping spree.
Dalliance is situated in a section of the Waterfront that overlooks Granger Bay; there is a clear view from the front section of the restaurant that extends from the Greenpoint stadium to the left, across an uninterrupted vista of the sea and Robben Island to the right. The day we visited we were treated to a spectacular sky splashed with vibrant pinks, purples and reds, as the sun set on another summers day in the Cape.
Quite refreshingly, everything on the menu is served tapas-style – many restaurants claim to serve tapas, but then still have mains and sides to choose from. Sticking with strictly sharing food means that you can enjoy a variety of smaller dishes and different flavours, and the food is served quickly.
The menu is divided into seafood, meats, vegetarian and sweets. There is a collection of craft beers, a number of cocktails, excellent bubbles and an extensive offering of local wine. Beers and wine are available in different sizes, so you can choose between a small tipple (if you intend to continue shopping), or a more substantial one, if you’ve already shopped ‘til you’ve dropped.
We tried dishes from all four sections; the standouts included the calamari, served with pineapple, and peppers in a vinegary dressing, almost ceviche-style – the dish was fresh and vibrant and made a change from the usual grilled or deep-fried variety. The beef short rib dish from the meat section is served with a mushroom duxelle and bone marrow gratin – this dish really delivered in terms of flavour, with absolutely falling apart beef – just the way we like it. We also really enjoyed the fillet with béarnaise and skinny fries and the freshness of the salmon tataki with ponzu.
For sweets, the chef sent out a special of the day – a fun childhood throwback of a rice crispy treat with a twist of raspberry flavour through it, so yum! We also tried the chocolate with marshmallows – be warned, this is a big portion and is a lot even for two, so be sure to share.
The service at Dalliance was warm and friendly and the restaurant was buzzing with a vibey atmosphere. If you are looking for a spot to enjoy quick food that is not ‘fast food’, this is the spot. Stop in while shopping, or visit for sundowners and snacks, the combo of a good wine selection, tasty bites and a pretty sea view makes it a win.
A great vibey spot to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat with friends.