The recently opened Harbour House and La Parada on Constantia Nek has certainly caused quite a stir. Having undergone an extreme makeover by The Harbour House Group, this iconic Cape Town site now plays host to two of the city’s most successful eateries and after hearing the hype we just had to see what all the fuss was about for ourselves.
We kicked off our visit with a glass of sparkling wine and selection of tapas at La Parada. Given that the original La Parada Tapas Bar on Bree Street’s has such a strong reputation for authentic tapas and a vibey atmosphere, our expectations were high. Having now dined at the Constantia Nek venue we are pleased to report back that those expectations were met and exceeded.
The original menu has been updated and perfected by talented new chef Martin Senekel and we snacked on smoked tomato salad, salt and pepper calamari, and prawn croquets. With many patrons popping in for afternoon drinks and a light bite, rather than a sit down dinner, the drinks list encourages as much experimentation as the menu. After surveying the menu several times we decided to stick to our sparkling wine but were impressed by their array of cocktail options.
The décor is undeniably Instagram-worthy and boasts ornate pressed ceilings, an eclectic mix of chairs and lamp shades and a golden bull’s head for added Spanish flair.
We then moved on to the adjoining Harbour House and were greeted with generous views of the rolling Constantiaberg mountain range thanks to the wall-to-ceiling windows and large doors that open up to the garden.
The space itself is open and airy, with natural light streaming in from all angles. The decor is sophisticated and understated and careful care was taken to keep the original form and structure of this heritage building. White interiors with rustic stone walls, floors and herringbone brick work simply to amplify the original space.
“The Constantia Nek buildings have been there since the 1920’s and are engraved in the memories of many Capetonians. Harbour House Group’s design team realised to have altered these in any significant way it would have been counter-productive to both the public in general and to the restaurant brands.”
– Architect David Townsend
Diners are spoilt for choice with a large selection of fresh seafood on offer. We chose to share a sushi platter, but other shared options include shellfish or seafood platters with calamari, mussels, prawns, crayfish and line fish. The wine list is curated and features many award-winning wines from farms in the region.
Photography by Micky Hoyle
La Parada – breakfast served daily from 9-11am
Harbour House & La Parada: Lunch and dinner: Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Where to find it:
Constantia Nek Restaurant, Hout Bay Road, Constantia, Cape Town
021 795 0688
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