Trying Firefish at the V&A Waterfront


V&A Waterfront restaurants generally have a bad rep, but I have high hopes that that’s beginning to change. Yes, many of the restaurants are overpriced tourist traps, but there is definitely a handful that stands out among the rest. And searching for such gems is one of my favourite things to do. So I was only too excited to visit Firefish to see what this new(ish) V&A Waterfront restaurant is all about.

Firefish is gorgeous. I love clean, organised spaces, and this is definitely what Firefish is all about. Sure, if you’re looking for tons of character it may seem a little bland, but if you enjoy the classic look, then this is for you. Think white table cloths, pretty flowers, and lots of gorgeous lights … Or, you know, just look at the picture.


Welcome to Firefish

Firefish bubbly


Tuna Starters

I visited Firefish as part of a media lunch so we had a limited menu available. For starters, we could choose the Tuna Tartare (R95), Grilled Baby Squid, or the Fried Goat’s Cheese (R75). I opted for the tuna tartare, served with avocado, crème fraiche, and a citrus dressing. I did think the tartare was slightly more ceviche-like than I’ve had before, but it was full of flavour and thoroughly enjoyable.

Firefish tuna tartare

Tuna Tartare

The Grilled Sirloin

For mains, we could choose between the Pan-Roast Seabass (R220), Grilled Sirloin (R185), or the Grilled Cauliflower Steaks (R90). I was keen to try the sea bass to go with the tartare but had already set my eyes on the grilled sirloin. It came served with a walnut salsa verde, charred shallots, and fries. The steak was decent – not the best I’ve ever had – but tasty, and it definitely hit the steak satisfaction spot.

Firefish grilled sirloin

Grilled Sirloin

Coconut Panna Cotta

For dessert, we could choose between the Coconut Panna Cotta (R65) or the Vanilla Crème Brulee (R60). This was a tough choice for me as panna cotta and crème brulee are my two favourite desserts. After much consideration, I ended up going for the coconut panna cotta, served with zesty citrus, lime soil & mango. The panna cotta was good – perfect consistency and great flavour! But the vanilla crème brulee also looked divine, so I might just have to go back and try that.

Firefish coconut panna cotta

Coconut Panna Cotta

Try Firefish

All in all, I enjoyed Firefish. It was one of the better V&A Waterfront experiences. Price-wise you are looking at the more expensive side, but this pretty much seems to be on par with every other Cape Town restaurant lately. So next time you’re at the V&A and not sure where to go, why not give Firefish a try? You’ll find all their info below.


AddressShop 154 Victoria Wharf, Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town


Call: +27 21 286 4933

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Written by Benike Palfi
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Article Date: August 2019


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