One of the dangers of returning to a restaurant we have enjoyed after a long time passes is the likelihood the restaurant has changed. Another danger is that the meal during the return visit will not live up to the perfect meal in our memories. Our meal at Baia survived these dangers. It remains one of our favorite seafood restaurants anywhere.
Regardless of where we are, when we think of succulent, perfectly prepared langoustines and South African crayfish (cousin to America’s lobster) with light butter sauce Baia is foremost on our minds. Add to that attentive and friendly service, casual atmosphere and million dollar view of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Baia becomes our first dining choice in Cape Town.
About The Chef Chef Hawkes began his culinary career in 1991. His experience includes work at the Peninsula AllSuite Hotel in Cape Town, Plettenberg Park in Plettenberg Bay, Zevenwacht wine estate in Cape Town, Lord Charles Hotel Cape Town Sommerset West, two tours on the Festival Cruise liners in Europe, the Rhebokskloof wine estate Cape Town, Arrabella Sheraton Western Cape Hotel Cape Town and the Alphen Hotel Cape Town.
Assistant Chef Patrick Cumaio and Olaff Meintjes
Chef Matthew Hawkes
Handicapped Access Yes
Location In the mall on the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town ‘s main tourist mall
Owner Luis Viana and Daryl Mendelsohn
Pastry Chefs Preston Liebrandt and Gayaat Bester
Restaurant Manager Carlos Vaz and Jean Roux de Villiers
Size Seated 110 indoors and another 150 on the outdoor terrace
Type Of Restaurant Seafood. They also served poultry, beef and venison.
Specialties Seafood platters including prawns, langoustines and crayfish
Wine And Spirits Details : A respectable assortment of domestic and imported wines including l ocal wines from approximately 90 estates, vintage wines from 45 estates, and French champagnes. A selection of local and imported vodka, brandy, whiskey, cognac, port, beer, and gin.
Latest Visit-Date Of Review November 2006
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Photos by Gary Cox
Service Excellent. Our server, Oliver, and his team, were on top of every detail at our table in spite of a full restaurant. They answered every question, met every request and orquestrated an impeccably served meal.
Would You Dine There Again? Yes