After twelve years, Belthazar Grill & Seafood Restaurant & Wine Bar at the V&A Waterfront – offering an award-winning meat and seafood extravaganza, ‘the biggest wine by the glass bar in the world’, panoramic views and a noble social responsibility initiative – has undergone a total refurbishment.
“As the market changed and evolved, we were inspired by the quintessential New York Art Deco scene together with a contemporary feel more congenial to women as well, unlike the ‘old ‘style’ steakhouses that were predominantly designed and shop-fitted in dark texture woods. You always have to keep abreast with the latest trends – taste profiles, service or architectural style – and keep upping your standards, reinventing yourself to remain a step ahead”, says Ian Halfon, Co-owner of Belthazar Restaurant and Wine Bar, and MD of the Slick Restaurant Group which also owns Balducci, Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs and Walter’s Steakhouse at the V&A Waterfront.
Art Deco takes its roots in sophistication, elegance and luxury and the new-look Belthazar is all of that. Following a minimalist theme there is a strong component of neutrals and soft muted colours as well as brass, bronze and copper metallic finishes and trims. Expect solid oak timber features, sleek lines with geometric shapes, soft and plush leather upholstery, Quartz Calacatta countertops, decorative plaster finishes and beautiful lighting.
Belthazar’s trademark ‘wine warehouse look’ and 5-metre long bar with the biggest nitrogen-infused tap unit in the world serving 250+ premium wines by the glass, remain focal features of the redesigned restaurant. The signature bar is now splendidly clad in copper sheeting with matt bronze powder-coated rails and the floor surrounding the bar and leading into the elegant bathrooms is tiled in white hexagon mosaic. The original dark-stained pine timber flooring has been replaced with a herringbone-pattern light oak floor, a perfect backdrop for the new interior design. The bronze oak barstools, stylish rattan dining chairs and new banquette are sumptuously upholstered in cream and caramel leather. Beautifully designed New York Art Deco-style lighting, including imported custom-made wall sconces and recessed downlights, complete the scene. The new folding glass doors leading out onto the terrace bring in the light and open up the restaurant to the splendid all-weather terrace enclosure and spectacular views of the harbour and Table Mountain.
The kitchen was completely redesigned and refurbished with state-of-the-art equipment conforming to HACCAP specifications. This includes a new Robex floor with drains, the latest high-tech UVA canopies, new kitchen equipment as well as a brand-new butchery. The emphasis was on efficiency and hygiene. Refrigeration was redesigned to keep ‘the cold chain’ intact.
In the old private dining area which leads into the mall, the owners cleverly took advantage of the high-density foot traffic in the mall and opened up a new restaurant called Walter’s Local Grill which is attached to Belthazar Restaurant. Walter’s focuses on providing Capetonians with world-class steaks and BBQ fare, that have made Belthazar famous, at affordable prices in a small and cosy 35-seater restaurant. Although you will find traditional steakhouse items on the menu, Walter’s menu has a unique twist, offering popular and authentic New York-style deli items such as Hot Beef on Rye, Walter’s Famous Ruben Sandwich, Chopped Herring on Rye, Chilli Con Carne, Falafel and their signature Chicken Soup, just to mention a few.
A Theatre of Fine Food and Wine
Dedicated to the wise man of the magi who was “lord of treasures”, a treasure trove of delights awaits foodies and wine connoisseurs at Belthazar. Always innovative and moving forward, Belthazar frequently refresh their menu and bounteous wine list with enticing new options. This is Belthazar, a Theatre of Fine Food and Wine, with annual Awards of Excellence from TripAdvisor and Wine Spectator, where their service ambassadors, sommeliers and team are committed to turning your visit into a memorable occasion.
The Slick Restaurant Social Responsibility Initiative – “Giving A Helping Hand to Someone In The Dark”
The Slick Restaurant Group’s passion extends to the local community. A vision to serve others and to make a difference led to a partnership with Tygerberg Hospital assisting them in increasing the number of corneal transplants undertaken by their Department of Ophthalmology. Slick Restaurant Group company donations together with help from generous customers at their restaurants resulted in the first lamellar corneal surgery being performed at Tygerberg Hospital on Mrs Gladys Maistry from Eersterivier on 10th May 2018, restoring her sight. Since then another 12 life-changing operations have taken place and scleral contact lenses, sophisticated soft lenses, are being imported and made available to eligible Tygerberg Hospital patients. This unique private-public-partnership between the Slick Restaurant Group and Tygerberg Hospital will continue ‘Giving a Helping Hand to Someone in the Dark’, with operations set to take place on a frequent basis. Donations to this deserving initiative can be made via the Slick Restaurant Group website – please visit slickrestaurants.com/social-responsibility/.
“There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark” (Helen Keller, 1880 – 1968)
Perfect location with all-weather dining enclosure on the terrace and panoramic views
Belthazar, perfectly located in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, seats 90x indoors and boasts a spectacular all-weather dining enclosure on the terrace, which seats 200x, equipped with a mist cooling system and heaters, and offers panoramic views of the Waterfront and Table Mountain.
The Meat Experience at Belthazar
Belthazar’s in-house Master Butcher sources only the very best AAA grade grain-fed and grass-fed beef, including Farmer Angus superior free-range, grass-fed organic beef. Matured for a minimum of 28 days, all the meat is hung on the carcass (dry-aged) for three days in specially-designed temperature-controlled cold rooms with humidity. Thereafter, the Fillet, Sirloin, Rump and Rib-Eye are ‘wet-aged’, while the T-Bone, Chicago Cut (Belthazar’s signature Rib-Eye on the bone), Fillet on the Bone and Sirloin on the Bone are left to ‘dry-age’ for up to 40 days. Belthazar also offers top quality Karoo Lamb and their extensive Game Menu includes Ostrich, Crocodile, Springbok, Kudu, Impala, Wildebeest, Blesbok, Gemsbok and Eland.
Belthazar Seafood Extravaganza
Belthazar specialises in Mozambican shellfish, one of the few restaurants in Cape Town offering this superior shellfish 365-days-a-year, as well as Norwegian salmon and the freshest local seafood delivered daily. For a real extravaganza, what could get better than the Mozambican Royal Seafood Platter for Two, including a whole crayfish, four medium langoustines, 4 medium tiger prawns, 6 queen prawns and fresh mussels – perfectly prepared and served with lemon butter, garlic butter and per-peri sauce.
The Wine Wonder at Belthazar, the Largest Wine-By-The-Glass Bar in the World
The wine experience at Belthazar is second to none with wine, wine everywhere, tempting wine-lovers with the largest wine-by-the-glass bar in the world – a 5-metre bar with the biggest nitrogen-infused tap unit in the world serving 250+ premium wines by the glass. Patrons are expertly advised by trained sommeliers on a wine-list of up to 600 fine wines and sought-after rare vintages, and the wines are professionally stored in a designer vinotèque and served in Riedel glassware to enhance the wine of your choice. With a superb wine selection by single varietal, blend and style, the state-of-the-art wine list at Belthazar highlights vintage ratings, critics’ ratings, wine awards and taste indicators. The wine list is compiled by André Lourens, the very knowledgeable and experienced group beverage manager for the Slick Restaurant Group.
Belthazar is a regular winner at Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards, receiving the prestigious Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for outstanding dedication to wine. This esteemed accolade is awarded to a select group of only 1168 world-class restaurants globally. These restaurants are destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team. Their wine lists display excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation.
In addition to an extraordinary wine list, Belthazar also specialises in whiskies/whiskeys, single malts, brandies, Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, liqueurs, beers (traditional and craft) and ciders.
Belthazar cater for a variety of functions, offering a choice of four set menus.
The Slick Restaurant Group Loyalty Card
Join the Slick Restaurant Loyalty programme and receive 10% of the bill total credited to your card, redeemable at any Slick Restaurant, as well as a R200 birthday voucher.
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Belthazar Restaurant, Wine Bar & Grill, Shop 153, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Open daily from noon until late. Booking advised
Tel 021-421-3753/6 · Email: email@example.com · Website: www.belthazar.co.za
GPS co-ordinates: Lat: -33.903019 Long: 18.422188
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