I got back from a business trip to Joburg on Saturday afternoon, after spending my birthday in the City of Gold the day before. I felt like spoiling my girlfriend and I to something special, and have a memorable night of fine wine drinking, and gourmet meals. With the weather getting progressively better, the venue had to have sea views, open/outdoors environment, and preferably close to home.
I made a booking at La Perla restaurant on Beach Road in Sea Point, a place I’ve been before, for that Saturday night.
As we were getting ready to leave for the restaurant, I had already mentally prepared myself for a bill that was likely to be a bit more hectic that a night out at the Spur, I mean hey…. Its my birthday.
To skip through the long-winded stuff which would make this blog post into a novel, I am going to cut straight to the chase. We ordered a calamari starter, and a bottle of cap classique (the Dom Pirignon was a little out of my price range) to get the meal going.
We then ordered our mains. I ordered a Tagliatte, a meat dish of finely cut and fried steak, with a sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil and spices dish. definitely one of the best and taste bud tingling dishes I have ever had.
My girlfriend had a salmon ravioli, with a wine sauce all over it. I tried that too, and although I didn’t trust that a salmon pasta would be any good. I was skeptical. It turned out to also be really delicious.
We then ordered a bottle of Shiraz, and shared a nougat, nut and italian ice-cream dessert to finish off our night.
Although the food was delicious, the setting was gorgeous, and the company was great, the thing that stood out for me on the night was the level of the service of the serving staff at La Perla. Our drinks were always full. Sometimes I wouldn’t even noticed the waiter top up the glasses, stealthy like a ninja. We werent bothered every 5 minutes. The waiter(s) would be attentive without harassing you, only coming to you when you looked like you were ready to order, and your wine was looking low.
Although when the bill came I had to suck it up and dig for my pennies, the night was definitely worth it. What more can you ask for on your birthday than a great restaurant in the most beautiful city in the world, perfect weather, amazing food, even more amazing service, and good company.
What a birthday.
The view from my seat