Since its launch in September 2018, Tourvest Restaurants and Taverns’ restaurant, The Alba has been well received by the Cape Town public and international tourists.

The Alba is South Africa’s first and only fine-dining, floating restaurant, seating 72 people in comfort and measuring 22 metres in length with a six-metre beam.

It has been designed to be stable in the water, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and air-conditioning, ensuring a smooth and comfortable dining experience with views of Table Mountain, as well as the harbour’s fishing industry and yacht marina.

Chief executive of Tourvest Restaurants and Taverns, Brian Seaman says: “We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the interest shown in The Alba, which to us is a clear indication of a need for exciting and innovative dining experiences in Cape Town.”

A tailored experience

He adds that the first few months of operation have allowed The Alba to tailor its cruises to better align with the desires of its patrons, including extending the cruise duration to two hours.

“The lunch and dinner menus comprise classic dishes with many venison offerings to cater to tourists. 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; seabass with coriander and chilli; or braised springbok shank with mash and caramelised onion.”

The meals are Halaal friendly and there are vegetarian or vegan options available on request.

“The Alba is an exciting dining experience for you and your loved ones and can also be hired out as a venue with a difference for all your events, from special family occasions and weddings to corporate functions where you can cruise and schmooze your most valued staff or clients,” adds Seaman.