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OYO Restaurant: Stylish Seafood Venue

OYO Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is one of the 5-star restaurants located in Cape Town’s Victoria & Albert Waterfront. It is in keeping with the waterfront’s trend of offering a combination of luxury and indulgent relaxation.

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In this part of the world, it is all about exclusivity and opulence. This is nowhere more apparent than at OYO, the signature restaurant at the prestigious Victoria & Alfred Hotel.

The cocktail bar is stylish and elegant. It is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner whilst the sun sets over the harbour, with Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain catching the last of the sun’s rays in a blaze of colour.

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The interior of OYO Restaurant offers a calm respite from the vibrancy of the waterfront. The extensive use of wood adds warmth to the muted palette of white, grey and brown. Diners can sit inside, or in the glass-walled verandah for beautiful views.

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If you prefer a more relaxed ambience, you can opt to dine on the quayside terrace where Table Mountain provides a dramatic backdrop behind the harbour.

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I chose to sit on the verandah from where I had spectacular views of the mountain through the floor to ceiling glass panels.

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The menu at OYO offers a range of styles, from classic to contemporary. And with the working harbour at its doorstep, you can always be assured of the freshest seafood on offer. I ordered fresh Luderitz oysters – the perfect way to get a taste of the sea. This was followed by fresh grilled yellowtail, the catch of the day. It was perfectly prepared and just as fresh as promised.

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Dessert was a decidedly more decadent affair. The chef prepared a dessert platter, enabling us to sample a variety of delights including everything from berries to white chocolate, from lemon to caramel. It allowed for my favourite combination of smooth tart lemon curd with a crunchy ginger biscuit base. In short, I was in heaven.

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To accompany your meal, the glassed-in wine cellar offers an impressive collection. In addition to a selection of some of the best Cape wines, there are also vintage wines that would please the most discerning sommelier.

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The cocktail menu ranges from the classic Cosmopolitan to innovative combinations with an African twist. The Fynbos is a fresh combination of local flavours that it well worth sampling. For those with a sweet tooth, the Afropolitan is a chocolate and peanut butter delight with South African liqueurs that’s a dessert on its own.

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The service at OYO was particularly friendly and accommodating. I had seats at the Cape Town City Ballet, and the staff were unbelievably efficient at serving us promptly so that we could get to the theatre in time.

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However, my only wish is that I had had more time to linger over the incredible menu. Next time…