You might be surprised that I hadn’t eaten at Pepenero until now. I had popped in for a drink to check the place out but was put off eating there by the many reports of bad service and average food at high prices. Now they are running some specials, and being a sucker for a special, I went to check it out.
At the moment, sushi is half price until 7pm (Beluga has really started a trend – a trend I like) as are cocktails. There is a seafood platter for R110 and 1kg of prawns for R100. Oysters are R8. The prices I quote in the review are full price.
We started with some sushi, I ordered what I always order at Beluga so I could compare. I wasn’t overly impressed, the salmon roses (R55) looked quite dark, I don’t know why. They tasted ok, but they were quite small. The prawn tempura california roll (R65) was not so great, it tasted like the prawn had been boiled before being fried. My partner had the rainbow roll (R55) which was fine.
We then shared the seafood platter special (R110). It was pretty good. I liked that the platter it came on was hot so the seafood didn’t get cold. It would be a very generous portion for 1 person, sharing it after sushi was just right. The seafood was prepared well, the prawns were nice and firm, the fish was excellent. There wasn’t anything I would really complain about except they were quite frugal with the chips (which I had swopped with the rice). It also came with a garlic sauce and plenty of lemon wedges. For dessert we had the creme brulee (R40), nice topping but quite runny and bland.
The thing I liked most was that they brought finger bowls just as we were finishing up. That is something which is difficult to find these days. Normally you either get them so late that you’ve gone to the restroom to wash your hands or they bring it with the food so that when you want to use it, it’s cold. For that reason, I’m going to say the service was good, plus everything arrived promptly and there were no mistakes.
They also currently have a special on a Sauvignon Blanc at R99 per bottle, I had a couple of glasses of that and it’s very nice. It went well with the sushi and seafood platter. The wine list is quite extensive, most decent wines knocking on R200 and going up from there, but there are some wines under R150 if you are wanting to keep the bill appropriate to these trying financial times.
I browsed the menu and if I was to skip the specials and order a la carte, I would probably have the tuna carpaccio (R40) as a starter, or maybe the honey & soy chicken salad (R60). For mains I might try the grilled sardines (R80), although I would be setting myself up for disappointment after the magnificent sardines at Toni’s. Perhaps the fillet (R100) would be a safer bet, although again, the fillet at Sevruga is going to be hard to beat. For dessert I’d try the white chocolate cheescake (R50), sounds hectic. Hmm, that meal just set me back R210, I think I’ll stick with the specials for now.
Bay Road, Mouille Point
Tel: 021 439 9027