- Enjoy traditional Cape Malay-style dishes
- Dine in a refurbished prison steeped in rich South African history
- Stroll around the iconic V&A Waterfront
Experience a journey of history, flavour and a hint of passion at the Quarter Kitchen. Located at the bustling V&A Waterfront shopping and entertainment hub, this restaurant features a menu where flavours of the Cape Malay tradition blend with those from the North, South and West. Expect savoury samosas, curries and other delicious fare.
The Quarter Kitchen is housed in a section of the original Breakwater Prison that was built in 1860 and known as the “Good Conduct Ward”. While the space has been transformed into a modern and welcoming restaurant, some of the original features can still be seen. Most striking are sections of the restaurant wall which were built with local bluestone. Notice also the foyer’s well attraction, which once supplied the prison with water. The Boardroom at the far end of the restaurant used to be the prison chapel, and if you look up you can see that the tiny barred windows are now beautifully incorporated into the décor and create a tranquil ambience for the dining room.
Quarter Kitchen at The Portswood Hotel
Advice for visitors
Get to the restaurant a little early and enjoy a sunset drink at the cocktail bar. The Quarter Deck specialises in burgers, Cape Malay meals and steaks.
While the gourmet dishes are themselves to die for, giving your standard order a backseat in favour of the traditional Cape Malay style dishes is an absolute must. The Penang Curry has been highlighted as a favourite for many. The curries come in cute little pots, and while the portions may not look like much, one pot is more than enough to fill you up. There is also an extensive wine list available, but for those who like to bring their own there is a R45 corkage fee.
Did you know
The Breakwater Prison – now home to the Quarter Kitchen – was built exclusively for European convicts as a rehabilitation centre.