We recently visited La Belle in Camps Bay to try their new menu. Like any good Capetonian local I am a little cautious when it comes to Camps Bay. During the summer season Camps Bay is packed with tourists drinking expensive cocktails and smashing seafood platters. However, winter is a great time to head to the beach! In winter the Camps Bay strip is much quieter, there is plenty of parking and the restaurants are launching their new menus.
La Belle in Camps Bay has recently launched their new menu with a focus on healthy, contemporary and modern food featuring seasonal local produce. Their breakfast menu sounds amazing with crushed avo toast and mushroom tartines! We joined them for their ricotta hotcakes awhile back and were blown away!
But now, Let’s talk dinner!
For starters, our waiter recommended the fried squid and the truffle roast beef. We trusted in his advice and were well rewarded. The fried squid is served on a white gazpacho with almonds and green grapes. The pairing of the crunchy lightly battered squid with sweet juicy grapes was outstanding. I would never have thought of this pairing before but it is probably the flavour profile that has stayed with me the most after this dinner.
I had the truffle roast beef which was thin slices of roast beef served with a shallot balsamic vinaigrette, caramelised shallots and truffle aioli. The rare roast beef was gorgeous and I loved it with the rich aioli and tart vinaigrette.
They had quite a few tempting starters including their famous fried chicken and broccoli slaw which we recently enjoyed at their sister restaurant Lily’s in Green Point.
The Main Course with La Belle’s in Camps Bay
I had the crispy garlic prawns which is served with garlic chips, lemon, epaulette chili and fries. This is not a very large dish but our waiter gave us a heads up in advance. I found the 6/7 juicy prawns to be plenty especially with the skinny fries! The prawns are served with crispy slices of garlic which worked so well with the sweetness of the prawns.
We also tried the porcini butter fillet. This is served with a porcini compound butter, roast cipollini onions, baby button mushrooms and potato puree. It was a beautiful piece of fillet served a perfect medium rare. The little cipollini onions were delicious especially with big fork-fills of creamy potato puree!
We couldn’t resist a little sugar
Somehow we found a little room for dessert! I went with the molten chocolate cake with warm chocolate, sour cherry compote and a vanilla-scented cream. The little chocolate cake was warm and delicious!
And apparently a chocolate-nut sundae is not just for the young anymore – also for the young at heart. Jono went with the “Nuts and all”! It is a sundae glass filled with vanilla pod ice cream, chocolate sauce and salted peanuts. It works well as a lighter dessert after our decadent dinner
We had a wonderful dinner at La Belle’s in Camps Bay and are excited to see the new dishes on the menu. I’m looking forward to lazy summer lunches, juuust before tourist season kicks in, with a glass of wine and that amazing calamari starter!
Have you been to La Belle’s? What is your favourite restaurant spot in Camps Bay?
- Location: 201 The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
- Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 11pm
- Contact details: 021 437 1278
Disclaimer: We enjoyed our evening as guests of La Belle however all opinions and food images are my own. I borrowed the venue shots from the official La Belle website which can be found over here.