I first joined The 41 in Camps Bay at their initial launch about a year and a half back. Since then I’ve come for a review and to join them at the launch of their Jazz on the Bay nights. The latter article will be coming soon, but first, let’s go back to my sit-down Sunday lunch experience at The 41 with my friend Genevieve.
Literally nothing beats visiting Camps Bay on a sunny day. No matter how hot or cold it is, you’ll find the perfect spot to enjoy the views, the ocean air, and some good (albeit Camps-Bay-priced) food. Even on stormy winter nights Camps Bay can be fun, watching the ocean roar in the distance as you huddle up inside to sip something warm and comforting. The 41 is one of those places.
The menu caters for everyone, with a wide selection of starters, salads, meat dishes, seafood, burgers, pizza, sushi, and desserts. They also have an extensive wine and bubbly list, as well as some pretty awesome cocktails. Though I’m not much of a drinker, I can never refuse a good cocktail, and The 41 offers a nice mix of cocktails, Exclusive 41 Cocktails, and a few ‘Giants’. The Litchi Porn Star Martini (R90) – with Cruz Vintage Black Vodka, Lime, Elderflower, Litchi, and Sparkling Wine – came highly recommended, so I gave that one a try. For R90 I do think this is a bit overpriced, but, that said, this is Camps Bay and somewhat to be expected. The cocktail itself was delicious though, and perfect for any occasion.
For starters, Genevieve and I shared a side dish of Steamed Edamame Beans with Black Salt (R30) and a portion of the Kataifi Prawns with Avo Tzatziki (R95). Both were delicious. Edamame beans are obviously always a winner if well-done, and these were perfect, and the Kataifi prawns were wonderfully crisp and delicious.
For mains, Genevieve opted for The 41 Burger, a cheddar-stuffed beef burger with sriracha, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onions, bacon, and BBQ sauce (R130). I didn’t try a bite but Genevieve absolutely loved it, and it did look pretty good. It came with a side of thick-cut fries.
I opted for the Seafood Spaghetti, with calamari, prawns, and line fish, with a tomato bisque sauce (R210). It’s not often that I’d order pasta, but I do like a good seafood pasta and have a few spots around town that I’d visit specifically for that. Sadly with The 41 I was reminded that I prefer cream-based seafood pastas over tomato-based seafood pastas. There was nothing wrong with the pasta itself – it was a big portion with lots of seafood in it – but it wasn’t the best I’ve ever had. This is largely coz of my personal preference of cream over tomato. If you’re a tomato pasta person, though, you’d probably love this.
Ice Cream For Dessert
For dessert, both Genevieve and I decided to go for The 41’s home-made sorbet/ice cream. One scoop for R20, two for R30, and three for R40. She went for two scoops of chocolate and vanilla, while I went for two scoops of passion fruit and lemon. Both the ice cream and the sorbet were fantastic – not too sweet and full of flavour. Perfect for a summer’s or a winter’s day. Yes, I’m one of those weird people that prefers eating ice cream in winter.
Visit The 41
We had a lovely time at The 41 – it was a beautifully chilled Sunday afternoon. The food didn’t wow me, but there was nothing wrong with it either. As said, a little on the pricy side, but that’s typical for Camps Bay and you won’t find anything cheaper along the main strip. (If you’re on a budget, try Ocean Basket or Dizzy’s). I’d be keen to try their sushi if I go again. If it’s good, they might just have the potential of being an epic sushi and cocktail spot!
Get all the details on where to find The 41 below.
Address: 41 Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Opening Times: Monday (12:00 – 23:00); Tuesday – Sunday (08:00 – 23:00)
Call: +27 21 437 0558
Article Date: June 2018
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