We visited Lily’s Restaurant in Mouille Point on a cold and dreary Wednesday night. With the Capetonian pungent for hibernating when it’s chilly out, we expected to be greeted with a barren and bare restaurant. Instead we were met with high chatter, and a warm glow. It was like walking into a friend’s firelit dining room. Lilly’s is a beautifully decorated restaurant, with its giant white framed mirror taking pride of place on its feature wall. I adore its rose-coloured copper finishes, most notable on the actual tabletops. Bright pink flowers on each table add a pop of youthful exuberance amongst the neutral sophistication.
We kicked off the evening with some of Lily’s signature cocktails. I opted for the Litchi and Ginger Martini, while my fiance selected the Soprano Joe, consisting of bourbon, apple brandy, lemon, and apple juice. Despite my general dislike for bourbon and brandy, the Soprano Joe was actually thoroughly enjoyable. Unfortunately, I received the wrong cocktail, but the error was handled with exceptional grace. I will say that unless you’re really into Apple Sours, don’t order the Apple Martini. Weirdly it tastes just like the cheap shooter from my youth. When the Litchi and Ginger Martini arrived, I was far happier.
The best thing I ate all night at Lily’s was the Broccoli, Every Which Way appetizer. Tempura fried broccoli florets, slices of pickled and charred broccoli stem, pine nuts, and whipped goats cheese make for a textural, and taste explosion of humble origins. If, like me, you’re not a massive goats cheese lover, take a gamble on this dish! The cheese is only very mildly “goaty.” My fiance enjoyed the Quack Eggs. Essentially a duck meat wrapped scotch egg. Although, at R110 for a single scotch egg with salad leaves, it’s incredibly pricey. My broccoli appetizer was also a lot more flavourful.
Coming off that gorgeous appetizer was always going to be a feat. And I was a little disappointed in the dryness of my duck main. The Crispy Quack came with minted peas, chargrilled baby gem lettuce, and a “potato puree” that was definitely more of a potato mash. The portion was generous, and the flavours robust. Although I enjoyed my main, I had major food envy for my fiance’s L.F.C. (Lily’s Fried Chicken.) Not only was the chicken coating the crispiest I’ve ever crunched my teeth into, the actual meat was lusciously juicy and tender too. Once again, the portion was huge! This dish was exceptional value for money.
Unfortunately, our bellies had been far too thoroughly fed, and so dessert had to be shared. We agreed on the Skillet Apple Crisp – an apple and cranberry bake topped with a pecan and oat crumble, served with vanilla ice cream. It was the most indulgent sweet ending we could stomach at that point in the evening. But their chocolate tart, molten lava cake, ice cream sandwich, and panna cotta are still haunting me. I love how their desserts have enjoyed as much attention as the rest of their menu. No ice cream and chocolate sauce in sight. We rounded off the evening with coffee and tea, and I was delighted by the extent of their tea menu.
Lily’s serves a variety of fine and comfort fare. They offer a decent range of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free dishes, each clearly marked as so, with an entire section on the menu titled “Don’t Eat Meat.” While we visited for dinner, Lily’s also offers a comprehensive breakfast menu including freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, overnight oats, and breakfast bowls. Their more casual lunch offerings include sandwiches, salads, and burgers. Truly, everything sounds deliciously intriguing. We bet there’s something for everyone to love at Lily’s.
Lily’s Restaurant is open every day from 7:30 to 22:00, and is located at Shop 1, East-West Building, corner Beach Rd and Surrey Place, Mouille Point.
Contact Lily’s on +27 (0) 21 204 8545 or email@example.com to make a booking.