Every single time I go to Cheyne’s I will write a blog post. Every single time. Because every time I visit: I am blown away, there are new exciting options on the menu and a long list of ‘next time I’m ordering this’. The only way to make decisions is to have a cut throat process of elimination and a promise that you will return again soon. As I am typing up this post I actually have a dinner reservation at Cheyne’s tomorrow. I am a huge fan and cannot more highly recommend heading out to Hout Bay to visit this little gem!
The menu is divided into Sea, Land and Earth. Each section focuses on food from those elements. Sea includes dishes featuring crayfish, squid, fish, crab and prawns. Land has dishes of pork, chicken, beef, duck and lamb. And Earth focuses on great vegetarian options that shine the light on amazing vegetables and fruits. If you’re a vegetarian or pescetarian you will seriously be spoilt for choice!
I always struggle choosing dishes from a menu because I have great order envy. I don’t think I’ve ever struggled to pick dishes so much as I do at Cheyne’s. The strategy we put in place over lunch for two was to pick two dishes from Sea, Land and Earth and happily share. With some polite debating we managed to narrow the menu down and place an order!
What we ordered at Cheyne’s
Above are the sticky duck open springrolls with chilled watermelon, lime, crushed cashews and sweet miso and they are sensational! I love the crispy open spring roll with the duck. The duck is sticky sweet and packed with more’ish flavour!
Pictured all the way at the top bang in the middle of the table are the ping pong pickles with peppered strawberry, holy basil, pickled quail eggs and smoked tofu! This was really cool and I enjoyed all the weird and wonderful flavours!
I loved the tiger prawn tacos with cucumber and mint noodles and green chilli caramel. The prawns were fat and juicey and paired wonderfully with the creamy cool cucumber and mint noodles. I really enjoyed all the flavours and these beauties are now on my must order list for next time!
This is the cold soba noodle bowl with candied beets, kimchi, pickled mushrooms, daikon, sesame and soy dressing. I liked the candied beets but that’s pretty much where it stopped. I didn’t enjoy the dish and found the noodles a little boring and the seaweed overpowering. Luckily every other dish we ordered was superb and I quickly forgot about the cold soba noodles as I tucked into the rest!
The must order dish:
Every time I visit I have to order the firecracker crayfish with sriracha, kimchi and yakaniku dipping sauce because they are awesome! I love crayfish and you don’t often see it on a menu! The crayfish are juicey and meaty and perfect with the light tempura batter! The butteriness of the crayfish meat worked well with the sharp kimchi. This might have been my favourite dish of the menu again– but it is tough to say?
The pork belly dilemma:
I have now tried both pork belly dishes on the menu and while they are both knock out dishes this one is the winner of the two! The 5 spice pressed pork belly with fuji apple and sesame jam in a corn and cumin puree and topped with crackling is perfection! The pork belly was tender perfection and pulled apart at the slightest touch. And I loved it with the sweet and creamy corn and cumin puree. This is a serious comfort food dish!
The dessert we couldn’t resist!
I can’t believe we ordered dessert! But we did and it was fantastic! This is the 70% tonka bean dark chocolate with hazelnut praline, citrus jelly and black sesame seed ice cream. The dark chocolate cubes were rich and silken and I loved it paired with the little cubes of citrus jelly! Chocolate and orange is a favourite flavour pairing of mine! The black sesame seed ice cream was good – but it doesn’t manage to beat Kyoto’s version which is my benchmark for perfect! However it was the perfect sweet ending to a really fantastic meal! Make sure to find space for at least one dessert as they are always lovely!
Once again we were blown away by our dining experience at Cheyne’s and I’m back again tomorrow to enjoy it all! Lucky me 🙂
- Location: Pam Arlene Place, Main Road, Hout Bay
- Opening times: Monday to Wednesday 6pm til 11pm and Thursday to Saturday 12pm til 11pm
- Contact details: 0790 674 919. Booking is advised