Chilling Out At Vista Marina

Vista Marina

With a beautiful view of the harbour whether you’re inside or outside, Mediterranean-style cuisine restaurant the Vista Marina is a spectacular place for either going out with your friends or family or for a date with your boo thang.

Vista Marina is nestled beside the world-renowned Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront. It provides a taste of luxury and sophistication from the water’s edge, with views of the marina and Table Mountain.

I must say, I was pleasantly surprised when my boo and I went there to have lunch. If you’re used to “all white” being a dress code, then you’ll be mind-blown to know that when walking into the Vista Marina, all white is exactly what you’ll get. Amazing white furniture, white walls, a long white table, and a wall fish tank – top notch.

Vista Marina interior

The interior space

Vista Marina wine

Look at those wines!

Vista Marina fish tank

Fish tank

Deciding What To Eat

On arrival, my date and I were taken to our seats and we both received a glass of bubbly in a form of my fave, Pongracz Brut. To accompany the champagne, we enjoyed a Mediterranean platter, which consisted of deep fried pita bread, tabouleh salad, and hummus. I have fussy tastebuds and the salad was not a winner for me, so I kept to the pita bread instead.

We were then handed our menus. Before ordering our food, we just took a moment to admire the beauty of the place. Unfortunately, because we arrived a little later, the live DJ was ending off his set, but it was a complete vibe! (Live DJs often grace the space at Vista Marina. Keep an eye out on their social media platforms to find out who is playing when). They also have an amazing variety of wines on display and their high white chairs at the bar guarantee comfort should you decide to station yourself right where the most fun is!

Back to the menu. Now those who know me know that I completely die for pasta. So I went straight for the Chicken Parmesan pasta: Milanese-style chicken breast, spaghetti pomodoro and mozarella. One word for this meal: heavenly! Should you make a turn at the Vista Marina, you have got to try this dish.

My date, since he is so bad at choosing his meals (I always do it for him, hahaha), ended up with the recommendation of our hostess, the Linguini Ai Frutti Di Mare. Thi is linguini pasta with clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari fish and Napolitano sauce. So much yum! I had a taste and if it had been possible to fit two servings in this tummy of mine, the second serving would have been this. Both of our meals were absolutely delicious.

Vista Marina Mediterranean platter

Mediterranean platter

Vista Marina Pasta

Pasta heaven

You Can Eat There Too

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9am to 11pm, and you can choose to either dine inside or outside. So if you’re fortunate enough to still enjoy some summer days, take advantage of our beautiful city, and go and pop in at the Vista Marina.

For more information, you can visit the official Vista Marina website here  or give them a call on +27 21 814 4510.

We’ll be back with more foodie deliciousness soon, including updates on The Entertainer App (haven’t gotten yours? Get it before the end of the month for R395 AND be entered into an amazing competition if you use the ILOVEFOODIES code) and a seven-course tasting menu that made us go gaga!

Written by Mary-Anne Gontsana

Article Date: January 2018



Seriously. Do we still need to remind people to save? Unfortunately so, because only half of Cape Town residents are actually sticking to the water restrictions. This means that the rest of us who are already saving need to do MORE just to ensure we don’t actually hit Day Zero. It’s totally not fair (if you know someone who isn’t saving, punch them to sanity), but life never is. So let’s do something about it instead.

Here are some handy tricks to save, save, save our most precious resource:

In restaurants:

  • If you order a glass of water in a restaurant – DRINK IT! Yes, many restaurants have begun not serving tap water at all (which is not only a capitalistic decision but also illegal if they have a liquor licence), but the only reason they’re probably doing this is because so many people order tap water and then not drink it. Which is a waste.
  • Plead restaurants to STOP SERVING ICE. So many restaurants still provide glasses and buckets of ice or serve their dishes on ice. It may be comfortable and look oh-so-nice but it’s really not important. If enough people ask, maybe this will change.

In the bathroom:

  • Stick to two minute showers. Shorter if you can. Also switch off the tap while soaping up, shampooing, scrubbing, or shaving. You can cut your water use in half that way!
  • Don’t have big meetings, a fancy date, and haven’t sweated up a storm? Skip the shower. Wet wipes will do just fine.
  • Keeping clean and hygienic is important. But you don’t have to wash your hands all the time. Stock up on hand sanitiser instead and use it when you can.
  • Use Dry Shampoo if you can. Head on over to Lipgloss Is My Life and check out her beauty water saving tips for some suggestions of which brands to stick to. She also has some cool ideas of what else you can do to look awesome and not use water.
  • Use a glass of water to brush your teeth / rinse your mouth.
  • Use grey water to flush your toilet. ALWAYS. You can collect grey water from showering with a bucket, washing and rinsing your dishes in a bucket, washing your hands over a bucket, re-using the water you cook with (but if you’re cooking veggies you should just drink it; it’s healthy and delicious). Literally, so many ways to collect grey water.

In your garden & out and about:

  • Give up on your lawn. If we run out of water it’s gonna die anyway.
  • And give up on your pool. There’s still so many that top up their pools. Illegal much? Take a dip in the ocean instead. The cold is good for you.
  • Support the #DriveDirty campaign. Clean cars are so 2016.
  • And please don’t forget that all water-saving bathroom tips apply to your work and entertainment spaces too. Don’t flush if it’s a Numero One. No one is gonna be weirded out – we’re all so used to it now. And, businesses, please provide hand sanitiser to your employees so hand-washing is cut down. We’ve seen this done in a few places and it works brilliantly. 

And remember, you can report any restriction offence / water wasters to the City of Cape Town by calling 0860 103 089 (choose option 2: water-related faults), e-mailing, online through their Service Requests tool, by SMSing 31373 (max of 160 characters), or Whatsapping 063 407 3699. Please do this if you know of offenders.