The Alba Boat Restaurant
Guests will be taken on a spellbinding tour through the fishing industry and yacht marina in the V&A Waterfront. Measuring 22 metres in length with a six-metre beam, The Alba has a seating capacity of 72 guests or a hundred guests for cocktail functions. With an enclosed deck of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, The Alba lets in those famous views of Table Mountain and the twinkling harbour, while it cruises around the marina.
The lunch and dinner menus have classic dishes but also look after tourists who are keen to sample South Afircan game. Baked camembert with figs and spiced walnuts, Karoo springbok carpaccio, and citrus-cured salmon are on offer for starters. Mains are a choice between beef fillet medallions with roasted bone marrow jus and truffled mash, sea bass with coriander and chilli, or braised springbok shank with mash and caramelised onion. End on sweets like a dark chocolate mousse with orange zest or truffles rolled in pistachio with a touch of chilli.
The meals are Halal friendly, and vegetarian and vegan options are available on request. As for drinks, the Durbanville Hills Rhinofields range is available as a wine pairing with each course; alternatively, guests can order beers or soft drinks, all-inclusive in the price of the cruise experience.
The daily bubbly brunch cruise at 10 am offers a cold and hot breakfast spread and bottomless bubbly (R495), and the daily lunch cruise at 1 pm offers a three-course plated meal with wine pairing (R595). At 4 pm from Monday to Friday and on Sunday, the afternoon cocktail cruise offers a selection of canapés wine and cocktails (R595). On Saturdays, at 4 pm you can opt for the high tea cruise, which offers a selection of sweet and savoury treats (R495). Finally, the daily dinner cruise at 7 pm offers a three-course plated meal with wine pairing (R695).
All cruises include a glass of bubbly on arrival, and coffee or tea. The Alba also offers WiFi for those envy-inducing Instagram posts.
The Alba can be booked for all special family occasions or simply a romantic cruise and dine experience, or even hired out for weddings, corporate gatherings and other special occasions.