The sports bar reinvented: Kong in De Waterkant
Kong is redefining the concept of a sports bar and restaurant with fine-dining plating, exuberant flavours and vibrant atmosphere to match.
As far as sports bars go, Kong in De Waterkant, one of Cape Town’s most popular inner-city neighbourhoods, has taken a fresh new approach to the traditional pub aesthetic with a flurry of greenery and an interior that pays homage to popular culture.
As far as the menu goes, don’t expect the typical peanuts and beer combo either. The dishes are comprised of typical restaurant fare, but are exceptionally executed
Located on a quiet road, one cannot help but notice the striking yellow gorilla statue located on the roof of the restaurant, appearing to be staring out into the urban jungle as if protecting his lair.
Walking into Kong, one is immediately greeted by an abundance of plants, from hanging greens to an indoor living wall.
This together with minimalistic and modern furnishings create a crisp and thriving tropical feel. A large mural depicting the famous singer, Amy Winehouse, can be found in the corner of the restaurant while other smaller images of popular musicians can be found adjacent.
The service is swift and we enjoyed the upbeat music playing in the background, adding to the vibey urban feel.
Seated at a low lit table, we kicked off the evening with a taster dish of small peppadews stuffed with cream cheese. It was a tasteful first bite indicating the talent of the kitchen and flavour palette offered at Kong.
The menu is comprised of a list of daily specials along with the staple options, including tapas, starters, in-between bread options, salads, burgers, grilled meat, a number of mains, additional sauces and sides and not to forget dessert.
We paged through the extensive menu to find a long and impressive list of wine options available.
With both of us preferring Shiraz, the waitress recommended the Spier signature Shiraz, commenting that it was a customer favourite, with its smooth and unwooded palette.
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Some of the highlights on the menu include the stuffed jalapeño with cream cheese and herbs as well as the garlic flatbread.
The calamari dish served with baby potatoes, baby tomatoes, squid and a citrus mayo sauce is another favourite with its unique balance of flavours.
Although the main menu does not have a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, the chef was more than accommodating in creating a delicious veggie-friendly dish.
While the starters and main dishes will have you nearly bursting at the seams with contentment, be sure to save some room for dessert. Some of the decadent options available include a dark chocolate fondant or the coconut and thyme panna cotta.
With a wide selection of desserts including vegan-friendly ice creams to sugar-free flavours such as blueberry, there is something sweet for everyone.
With the kitchen closing at 10pm, Kong transforms into an up-beat bar with a DJ performing from 7pm till 2am every Wednesday to Sunday.
The upstairs section of the restaurant is decked out in a bohemian chic style with hanging plants and wooden finishes where patrons are able to dance the night away or play a game or two of pool.
Kong is completely redefining the concept of a sports bar. There may be a tv which displays the latest game, but the stellar presentation of the food and well-balanced flavours is something that one would expect at a fine dining restaurant. This new kid on the block is blurring boundaries by bringing elegant dining and a funky atmosphere together.
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