Local hospitality group The Kove Collection is known for its string of successful restaurants, bars and hotels strategically located in destinations popular with the city’s coolest. Clifton has Bungalow; the V&A Waterfront has Dalliance; Constantia has Blanko; Camps Bay boasts Paranga, The Marly and La Belle; and now – in addition to Pepenero – Mouille Point is home to Lily’s: An all-day eatery that serves up contemporary comfort food in a relaxed seaside setting that’s as friendly as it is fashion-forward.
Locals and their canine companions breeze in to this new neighbourhood ‘happy place’ for coffee, breakfasts and lunches, and come cocktail hour, the after-work drinks crowd settles in for sundowners and sumptuous sunset dinners overlooking the Atlantic.
Lily’s is particularly close to Kove Collection MD Paul Kovensky’s heart because of his family’s personal connection to the place: “The menu and decor were designed and inspired by my wife Simone, and we named the restaurant after our daughter, Lily. It’s a special place with a unique personality that appeals to young and old. It’s quirky. It’s fun. And it has soul.” Kove Collection Group Head Chef Amber Deetlefs and her team have created a unique modern menu that emphasizes health and showcases fresh, locally sourced produce, without taking itself too seriously.
I decided to spoil my mom on Mother’s Day and treat her to lunch at Lily’s. We opted for the ‘Biltong Carpaccio’ for starters which came dressed with a good portion of parmesan and comprised of some of the best meat I have tasted recently. Mains included the ‘Epic Fish and Chips’ (battered fish with aioli and root veg chips) for my mother, whilst I opted for the ‘Just Keep Slimming,’ a healthy portion of well cooked hake, served on a bed of cauliflower cous cous, shallots, garlic, lemon & parsley. Mom was very impressed with the size of the portions and just managed to finish her plate of food. The service was good and the staff were very friendly and helpful in between the breaking of a few plates here and there, which is probably just opening jitters. The only negative was the ongoing alarm siren of the apartment above that left a ringing in our ears for the rest of the afternoon – something hopefully the landlord and tenants will manage more carefully.
The rest of the menu is fun and quirky! If you don’t eat meat, you can’t go wrong apparently with the vegan, gluten- and dairy-free ‘Everything but the Sink Coconut Curry’ or a ‘Buddha Bowl’ (quinoa, kale, baby spinach, almonds, haloumi, avo and egg), all of which I am still to try. Salads, ‘Ditch the bread and it’s a salad’ gourmet and toasted sandwiches, and irresistible desserts also feature.
Last Wednesday I spoilt my bae upon his return home from a 2 week business trip to a 3 course dinner at Lily’s. We both opted for the ‘Holy Cow’ which was served perfectly with a beef jus, button mushrooms, onions and potato puree. What stole the show however were the desserts, and it really was ‘Death by Chocolate’ for me. A decadent chocolate tart with white chocolate mousse inside topped with salted caramel, chocolate sauce, caramel popcorn, cocoa crumble and vanilla pod ice-cream. Even though the ‘Please Sir can I have S’mores” was just as good, I had absolutely no order envy!
Currently Lily’s do not have a liquor license, so we opted to take our own spoils of Moet Champagne which paired perfectly with the restaurant surroundings. Like the eclectic menu, decor combines crisp, contemporary styling – think clean lines, Scandi furniture, and natural textures – with playful accents, resulting in a warm and whimsical space that makes Lily’s the perfect spot to linger.
Our bill for a 3 course meal for 2 pax was a very well priced R700 ex tip.
We will definitely be back over the next few months to devour the balance of the menu.
Find Lily’s at Shop 1, East-West Building, corner Beach Road and Surrey Place, Mouille Point, Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 204 8545 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.lilysrestaurant.co.za