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Top 5 Rooftop Bars
8 Jan 2014
 
     

My top five rooftop bars in Cape Town

Claudia Smargiasso for Cape Town Tourism

It’s summer in the Mother City and that means that the longer days and balmy evenings make staying indoors almost criminal.

Thankfully, there are a number of great rooftop spots in Cape Town where my mates and I can enjoy a couple of drinks in the open air – with the added bonus of a great view. These are my top choices:

GRAND DADDY

The Sky Bar at the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel is a firm favourite with locals. Sharing the hotel’s rooftop with the Airstream Trailer Park (one of the city's quirkiest accommodation options), Sky Bar offers great views of the city skyline and an extensive drinks menu featuring champagne, cocktails or craft beer. www.granddaddy.co.za

TJING TJING

Located in the heart of Cape Town just off the buzzing Long Street, Tjing Tjing features eclectic décor and a loft-style terrace. Sip on cocktails, Jack Black beer on tap, or choose from the extensive wine list, while you groove along to indie and electronica tunes. www.tjingtjing.co.za

THE WAITING ROOM

Trendy to the hilt and loaded with urban cool, the Waiting Room’s balcony is a great place to enjoy a drink and take in the view of Long Street and Table Mountain, while you listen to live music and DJs. www.facebook.com/WaitingRoomCT

WAFU

Wafu’s seafront location makes it an instant winner for anyone wanting to sip a cocktail while watching the sunset. Nibble on Asian tapas in this laid-back venue while you take in the panoramic view. www.wakame.co.za

RICK’S CAFÉ AMÉRICAIN

If it’s a casual and comfortable atmosphere you’re after, Rick’s comes highly recommended. The outdoor deck area is the perfect late afternoon sundowner spot, complete with comfy couches and a misting spray to keep you cool on hot summer days. www.rickscafe.co.za

Free things to do in Cape Town
1 Jan 2014
 
     

Free things to do in Cape Town

Lynnette Johns for Cape Town Tourism

The old adage, “there is no such thing as a free lunch” does not ring true in Cape Town. One of the most beautiful cities in the world has much to offer, including a range of activities – for free.

I indulged quite a bit during the festive season and doing things for free sounds really good to me, so here are a few of the cool things you can do in the Mother City for gratis:

Get outdoors:

It’s summer and the beach beckons. Spend a few hours relaxing on a white sandy beach, read a book, get a tan or dip into the ocean.

Take a walk along the Sea Point Promenade, sit on a bench, watch the ships in the distance and stay to watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean.

You can also pack a picnic basket and have lunch at the Green Point Urban Park. A relatively new addition to the city, the park has fast become a firm favourite with both visitors and locals. The park also has a free gym and loads of things for kids to do.

Get physical:

If you are after an adrenalin rush, lace up your hiking boots, find your sun hat and head towards Table Mountain. There is a range of hikes and walks up the mountain. There is also a hike up Lion's Head during the full moon. Take a walk around Rhodes Memorial and enjoy the view.  

Get your (free) shopaholic on:

Visit Woodstock, an up-and-coming design hub. It is a fascinating place to do some window-shopping. If you happen to be there on a Saturday morning, pop over to the Biscuit Mill, home of the Neighbourgoods Market. Traders set out delectable morsels to sample.

For more information on activities and things to do in Cape Town, visit  www.capetown.travel.

Top 3 Summer Places
25 Dec 2013
 
     

Top 3 Places to Make the Most of Summer in Cape Town

By Natalie Roos for Cape Town Tourism

There is no denying that summer in Cape Town is pure magic. Long, long days, salty skin, tanned bodies and beachy hair... these are the things that a Cape Town summer is made of. Of course, not every day can be spent on the beach, so it's important to make the most of the extra hours summer brings with daily activities after work. I try to make a concerted effort to spend as many hours as possible outdoors during summer and these are a few spots where I'll be doing that.

BETA BEACH

I am hesitant to tell you about my favourite beach lest it become another Clifton, but I feel like I can trust you all to be responsible with this information. Beta Beach is a tiny beach in Bakoven, where the bay is calm and sheltered from the wind. It's quiet and you have the most spectacular view of Lion's Head. It's not one of the "see and be seen" beaches and has a much more laid-back vibe.

SIGNAL HILL

Last summer I went up to Signal Hill a couple of times after work and I got to experience some absolutely incredible sunsets. When there's no wind, you'll find loads of people chilling on the grass, admiring the view and just basking in the summer vibe. It's a great place to spend an hour or two relaxing after a day in the office.

COMPANY'S GARDEN

There is nothing as satisfying as getting out of the office and making the most of your lunch hour. A lunch time walk through the Company's Garden will give your brain a welcome break and make your lunch hour feel like at least a lunch two hour. Relax on the lawns and feed the squirrels or find a shady bench and read a magazine.

My Top Nightlife Spots for Summer 2013
18 Dec 2013
 
     

My Top  Nightlife Spots for Summer 2013

By Natalie Roos for Cape Town Tourism

There’s always something going on in Cape Town, but the city really comes into its own in summer. The energy and vibe are contagious and you can feel the excitement in the warm air. Anyone visiting Cape Town could easily be overwhelmed by the various options, so here are a couple of my favourite spots to spend summer evenings, to help narrow it down.

LONG STREET

Famous the world over for its legendary nightlife and shopping, Long Street is constantly buzzing with people – especially during the summer months. A couple of my favourite spots are Sgt. Pepper, which has a balcony overlooking the activity of Long Street life. Arrive early for a great pizza and early drinks on the balcony or dance until the early hours (they play the best music). Waiting Room is just across the road, where you’ll often catch local bands and DJ’s. If  you find that neither of these are exactly your vibe, just take a walk up or down the street and pop into the bars and pubs until you find what you like.

UPPER KLOOF STREET

Just up from the organized chaos of Long Street, you can find the Upper Kloof collective. Fat Cactus is a great vibe, where jugs of margaritas are the order of the day (or night). Not far from there, you’ll find Van Hunks and The Power & The Glory where craft beer, wine and well-dressed locals abound. The later you stay, the better. Just above P&G you can find Rafiki’s where there are pool tables, beer taps and a big balcony to cool your hot summer skin.

“THE FRINGE DISTRICT” – HARRINGTON & ROELAND STREET

Within walking distance from each another you’ll find Kimberley Hotel and The Assembly. The deliciously dive bar-esque Kimberly Hotel makes you feel like ordering a double scotch on the rocks and selecting 80’s tracks on the jukebox – in a good way. Later you can walk over to The Assembly where there is always guaranteed to be good music and a good time. Local bands and DJ’s are almost always on the bill, just check their Facebook page to keep up to date. When everything else closes, make your way to The Shack, which is where everyone comes to after hours to keep the party going.

My Top Ice Cream Spots in Cape Town
11 Dec 2013
 
     

By Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

I scream, you scream, we all scream for... ice cream!

There is nothing as tasty and quintessentially summer as licking a three-scoop ice cream, dripping down the cone, while walking along the beachfront on a gorgeous day in Cape Town.

Much like my love for food, my passion for ice cream knows no bounds so here are few of my top spots in the Mother City:

SINFUL ICE CREAM EMPORIUM

For an illicitly sweet adventure set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, head down to the Sinful Ice Cream Emporium in Camps Bay.

Their range of sweet delights includes Out of Africa, a heavenly concoction of koeksisters (braided syrup-coated doughnuts) and Amarula liqueur, so get down there now! Contact:  +27 (0)21 438 3541 

THE CREAMERY

Handmade, mostly organic and good for you, the ice cream made by The Creamery ensures your guilt-free indulgence.

For a taste of their sweet treats, buy online, pop into their cafe at Shop 4, Newlands Quarter, Dean Street, Newlands or catch them at their Neighbourgoods Market and EarthFair Food Market stalls. Contact: [email protected]

ICE CAFÉ

The golden oldies reign supreme at Kalk Bay’s quaint Ice Café. Pop in for your favourites such as Rum and Raisin, Blueberry and Cream and more. Contact:  +27 (0)21 788 4816

Summer in the Mother City
4 Dec 2013
 
     

Summer in the Mother City: Cool Events in Cape Town

Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

Hot days, sunny skies, gorgeous sunsets and white sandy beaches naturally lend themselves to cool summer entertainment in gorgeous Cape Town.

If there is one thing I love more than delicious cocktails and sexy people watching, it’s being entertained in the fun, flirty Mother City, and this season there is plenty to keep us all amused:

OLD MUTUAL SUMMER SUNSET CONCERTS AT KIRSTENBOSCH
Pack a picnic, grab your mates and get your dancing shoes out for the popular annual summer concerts at the scenic Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. On the playbill are The Parlotones, Prime Circle, Mango Groove and more. Date: 24 November 2013 – 6 April 2014 Website: www.webtickets.co.za  

MCQP 2013
Beam me up, Space Cowboy! The fabulous come out to play at pink Cape Town’s biggest lifestyle party of the year at the Cape Town Stadium. Date: 14 December Website: www.mcqp.co.za

JOU MA SE COMEDY CLUB
Kurt Schoonraad brings all of the Mother City’s most hilarious sons and daughters including Ron van Vuuren, Conrad Koch, Carl Weber, Stuart Taylor and more to the Pumphouse stage at the V&A Waterfront. Date: Wednesdays to Sundays Website: www.joumasecomedy.com

V&A SUMMER CONCERTS 2013
Get down with top local musicians at your favourite seaside shopping destination this summer as the V&A Waterfront brings local music sensations including Elvis Blue to their amphitheatre. Date: 7 – 30 December Website: www.waterfront.co.za

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
Grab those fishnet stockings, sexy corsets and feather boas and travel to the magical land of Dr Frank-n-Furter, Rocky, Brad and Janet at the Fugard Theatre in the creative District Six. Date: 8 November – 12 January Website: www.computicket.com

A Must for Foodies
20 Nov 2013
 
     

Cape Town City Bowl Market a must for foodies

Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

I’ll be the first to admit that it takes something quite spectacular for me to leave the loving embrace of my bed on a Saturday morning, but for the Mother City’s fresh, organic City Bowl Market on Hope, I’ll happily make the sacrifice.

Held in a gorgeous old building on 14 Hope Street in the peaceful suburb of Gardens, the market is a delicious showcase of some of the best fresh produce, flowers and homemade delicacies in town.

Here, I can easily spend the morning meandering between stalls laden with tasty goodies like oysters, champagne, crepes, sushi, croissants and more. From creamy cheeses and flavoursome curries to sweet, homemade chocolate, you’ll find it all at the City Bowl Market.

Traders include nut and dried fruit connoisseur By Nature,  craft beers by Keg King, Saszali Chocolates and brownie extraordinaire La Petite Moo, who were all handpicked to trade at the market.

Shopping or browsing here is also a wonderful opportunity for quality family time as there is plenty to keep the little ones entertained, from the huge garden to the jungle gym.

I’ve discovered some amazing new bands as there are regular live music acts at the market and I always head upstairs to the monthly Fashion Market for chic finds at half the price.

The City Bowl Market on Hope is held each Saturday but if you’re eager for a taste of its delicious goods before then, go to the Thursday evening edition. For more info please visit www.citybowlmarket.co.za.

Photo by Skye Grove

Splurge in Style
13 Nov 2013
 
     

Splurge in style at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Kate Turkington for Cape Town Tourism

Lady Gaga brought 80 pieces of luggage with her. I only brought one, but then I wasn’t staying in the Presidential Suite.

Not that it mattered, because the service with a smile and superb style is given to all guests at the multi-award-winning The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa at Oudekraal in Cape Town.

Wait for that rich aunt to leave you a legacy or when you win the lotto (because this gorgeous hotel doesn’t come cheap), but it is worth every penny, so splurge.

Stay for a night (the food in the Azure restaurant is really memorable – try the Prawn Stroganoff or owner Bea Tollman’s best cheesecake in the world), take Mom for Mothers’ Day lunch, Dad for a men’s executive grooming package, or the boy or girlfriend for drinks at the Leopard Bar overlooking the ocean.

Fantastic weekly events include the live jazz at lunchtime every Saturday or the Dinner and a Movie package, which includes a tasty three course meal at the amazing Azure restaurant, followed by one of your favourite films shown in their private cinema, served with sweet treats.

I enjoyed the eclectic selection of artwork packing the walls, the lovely views of the Atlantic and the iconic Twelve Apostles mountain range, the always-on-hand and helpful, but unobtrusive and friendly staff, and the understated luxury.

What were less appealing were floor-length, wrap-around, reveal-all mirrors in my room – especially after the cheesecake ... For more information and reservations, please visit http://www.12apostleshotel.com

Dias Beach
6 Nov 2013
 
     

Hiding out on Dias Beach

Marie Viljoen for Cape Town Tourism

When my family first moved to Cape Town, good friends told us about Dias Beach. One morning, armed with picnic baskets, orange juice and Champagne, we went to find it. Back in those days, there was no boardwalk along the top of the cliff at Cape Point, nor orderly stairs all the way down the gully to the sand. We skidded, scrambled and slid our way to the bottom and arrived in a heap, the bubbly all shook up, but the picnic in one piece.

We returned many times and kept the same brunch menu: freshly baked scones with butter and jam, cold chipolata sausages with mustard for dipping, smoked salmon sandwiches with the crusts cut off, a Waldorf salad and Buck’s Fizz, starting a tradition. Simple, really.

More than twenty years later, and the beach is still the same; empty. It features a wide white sweep of fine Cape sand, towering rock cliffs, cormorants skimming the water, and raging surf breaking from a cobalt-blue sea. This is no place to swim. Perhaps that is what keeps it free of the ubiquitous Cape Town crowds.

The walk down is steep and there are no handholds on the stairs, which is also possibly a deterrent.

I almost preferred the old slip ‘n slide method of getting there. But otherwise, this is one of the most impressive beaches I know of, anywhere in the world.

If you’re a plant lover, take the ample opportunities to photograph the area’s flora on the five-minute walk from the car park to the top of the cliff, or on the trudge down, or up.

Keep your eyes open for eland and ostrich near the top of the cliff, or try to see how many cormorants you can count as they head out to fish from the cliffs. I gave up at 234. For more information, please visit http://www.sanparks.org/

Top 3 Dinner Spots
23 Oct 2013
 
     

My Top 3 Dinner Spots in Cape Town

Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

The only thing greater than my passion for Cape Town is my passion for its food. I love breaking bread with you (even if it’s only virtually), so here are my top three Cape Town dinner spots:

LA PARADA, KALK BAY

There are few things I love more than a breath-taking view, fabulous tapas and superb wine. Thankfully the amazing La Parada in Kalk Bay, offers all three!

Choosing just one dish on the menu is a disservice to the palate-pleasing culinary skills of Spanish chef Eva de Jesús Galán. If you must choose, do try the authentic seafood paella. Pair it with a glass of the lovely house Shiraz and do not leave without treating yourself to the divine rice pudding, made as per Eva’s grandmother’s legendary recipe. (+27 (0)21 788 3992)

DISH, INN ON THE SQUARE

Looking out onto the bustling Greenmarket Square as the sun sets is an absolute pleasure when paired with a scrumptious four course meal at Inn on the Square’s Dish Restaurant.

At their recent Wine & Dine evening,  I feasted on  a tasty seared aubergine, feta, asparagus and roasted red peppers, kingklip wrapped with parma ham and sundried tomato pesto (my favourite!) and spiced pear and dried fruit strudel vanilla anglaise and orange compote paired with Nederburg Wines. Perfect for the last meal of the day. (+27 (0)861 000 333)

HARVEYS, WINCHESTER MANSIONS HOTEL

This Sea Point eatery gets my votes for three very important reasons: their irresistible cocktails, their mouth-watering dishes and their decadent desserts!

Harveys (home to the famous Jazz Brunch) is the ideal place for that quick drink, after-work date with a loved one, or catch up with friends that turns into a leisurely supper. My recommendation? Have the truffle Wild Mushroom Risotto and the chocolate brownie with mint ice cream. (+27(0) 21 434 2351)

Top Day-To-Night Spots
16 Oct 2013
 
     

Top day-to-night spots in Cape Town

Claudia Smargiasso for Cape Town Tourism

The long, lazy days of summer are upon us, which means endless hours of sun-worshipping on any one of Cape Town’s top beaches.

Luckily, there are a number of great beachside spots where days can easily melt into balmy evenings – with the added bonus of not requiring you to change out of your beach gear

THE GRAND

Located on a private stretch of beach near the V&A Waterfront, The Grand Café and Beach is one of Cape Town’s trendiest spots to see and be seen. Lounge on comfy chairs with your toes in the sand as you sip on a refreshing drink from the beach bar or nibble on tasty fusion dishes from the bistro-style menu.  +27 (0)21 425 0551

CAFÉ CAPRICE

Overlooking Camps Bay’s wide stretch of sandy beach, Café Caprice is a popular spot amongst locals and visitors alike. Stroll across the main road after a day on the beach for an icy cocktail while the DJs keep the beats coming well into the night. +27 (0)21 438 8315

BRASS BELL

In keeping with Kalk Bay’s laid back style, the Brass Bell’s fantastic views and various chilled out seating areas make it an instant winner. After working up a hunger in the ocean, head to the Brass Bell for wood-fired pizzas, fresh seafood and live entertainment – all with the waves crashing so close, you can feel the spray. +27 (0)21 788 5455

THE BLUE PETER HOTEL

For postcard-perfect views of Table Mountain, Blue Peter can't be topped. Lazy days spent on Blouberg Beach, or on the grassy banks in front of the Lower Deck Bistro at Blue Peter, easily translate into sundowners and dinner in a casual setting.+27 (0)21 554 1956

Adventure in Grabouw
9 Oct 2013
 
     

Getting gritty in Grabouw: My little piece of adventure

Gadijah Darries for Cape Town Tourism

A few years ago I was a very adventurous person, but after too many broken bones and visits to the casualty unit I decided to scale down. I am one of those people with ECS (excessive clumsiness syndrome) so for me the outdoors can be fatal.

Nonetheless, when my colleagues and I were offered the opportunity to go kayaking, hiking and mountain biking, all in one trip, the adventurer in me took over and I couldn’t resist. So there I was in the middle of the Grabouw countryside, surrounded by majestic mountains and panoramic views. What an awesome experience!

Our group was met by Sean from HBK Ecotours, who gave us the rundown on activities planned for the day (and a few safety tips for people like me). First up was the kayaking. We rowed in teams of two on a dam for approximately 2.5km, from the Elgin Country Club to the Grabouw Forest, which was hard work but lots of fun!

Once we got to the other side we hiked through the forest toward a waterfall. Our approach was definitely the highlight: To get a better view and pictures, Sean suggested that we cross the river and approach the waterfall from the other side.

Once we got into the water, however, we found the current was so strong that we had to hold on to one another just so we didn’t get washed away. When we arrived safely on the other side, the adrenalin was pumping, but Sean was right – the view of the waterfall was amazing!

Next, we cycled to the Oude Molen Brandy Distillery for a one-hour cellar tour. We learnt about the brand making process as well as some of the history of René Santhagens, considered the father of South African brandy.

Overall it was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone – whether you’re a bunch of friends looking to have fun or doing it as a great team-building experience. I would definitely do this tour again! Visit http://www.hbkecotours.co.za/ for more info.

Whale watching from the shore
2 Oct 2013
 
     

Top five whale watching spots in Cape Town and surrounds

Richard Frank for Cape Town Tourism

Free Willy’s got nothing on the Cape…

Cape Town and its surrounding areas offer some of the best land-based whale watching in the world from June to November each year.

Watching Southern Right Whales at play along our coastline – they migrate annually to the Mother City’s coast to calve and nurture their offspring,– always seems to fill whale watchers with a sense of wonder and serenity.

So join us in getting comfortable in one of the following spots is likely to increase your chances of a sighting:

CAPE POINT

Breathtaking scenery, fynbos, a thrilling ride on The Flying Dutchman funicular, a seafood lunch at the Two Oceans Restaurant, and picnicking and swimming at the Buffel’s Bay tidal pool await visitors to Cape Point, with the added promise of watching a whale breach.

BOYES DRIVE

The perfect Sunday afternoon drive, incredibly scenic Boyes Drive stretches from St James to Kalk Bay and has a number of viewing spots along the way with panoramic views across False Bay.

CLARENCE DRIVE

The scenic coastal road called Clarence Drive between Gordon’s Bay and the tiny coastal town of Rooi Els has prime whale watching spots en route to Hermanus.

HERMANUS, THE OVERBERG

Home to the annual Whale Festival in September and much loved local personality, the Whale Crier of Hermanus, this seaside town has earned its reputation as one of the top destinations in the world for land and boat-based whale watching. On boat-based whale watching tours with certified operators you stand an excellent chance of seeing whales.

HANGKLIP

Hangklip is a charming seaside town home to the Kogelberg Biosphere, a hotel caught in the light from two lighthouses, Cape Point and Cape Hangklip, and some magnificent whale watching spots.

Out and About
25 Sep 2013
 
     

Get out and about in the Mother City this spring

By Shirley de Villiers for Cape Town Tourism

With spring officially sprung in Cape Town, it’s time to dust off your sun hat, slap on some sunscreen and set out to explore some of the city’s spectacular outdoor offerings.

Adventure sports

There is loads on offer for adrenalin junkies. Just 40 minutes from the city centre, the white dunes of the Atlantis nature reserve make for a perfect sand-boarding spot – as do the sands of Betty’s Bay, an hour north of the city. With the city’s famed southeaster wind whipping up speeds of 10 to 30 knots, Dolphin Beach at Bloubergstrand is popular with kite surfers and windsurfers alike. The Steenbras River Gorge Hiking Trail also offers abseiling down Kamikaze Canyon!

Horse riding

With its white sands, a beach that stretches for miles and Chapman’s Peak providing a picturesque backdrop, Noordhoek is the perfect setting for horse riding or exploring the wetlands in the area, which are rich with birdlife. Stop off at Noordhoek Farm Village afterwards to grab a bite.

Natural wonders

The Mother City is a nature lover’s dream! Put on your walking shoes and explore the Tokai Arboretum, taking a guided walk in the mountains of the South Peninsula to spend time with the area’s wild chacma baboons, or experience the beauty of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens – just a few of the city’s natural wonders. Those looking for a more sedate experience should head out to Melkbosstrand, a well-known spring whale-watching spot.

Street market

Make the most of the spring weather and spend some time at Cape Town’s original street market. Find everything from antiques, glassware and costume jewellery to nautical instruments, microscopes and mirrors on Church Street. Casual browsing at its best.

Wine tasting

Take a lazy day out and sample some of the best wines the country has to offer with a visit to the Durbanville Wine Valley, Constantia Wine Route and Helderberg Wine Route.

Braai Spots
18 Sep 2013
 
     

Braai, braai, braai your boerie…

By Daphney Mngomeni for Cape Town Tourism

Ask any South African, and they will tell you that the braai – or barbecue – is a part of South African culture. So much so, in fact, that 24 September (Heritage Day) is now also popularly known as National Braai Day.

Grab your favourite type of braai meat, those tongs and that charcoal, and head on down to one of  these top braai spots in Cape Town for an afternoon of relaxation and good eating:

Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu is the epitome of a great township vibe. The popular day and night spot, which first opened its doors in 2003 as a butchery, has grown to include entertainment and music and has become more than just a shisa nyama (a Zulu phrase meaning “burn the meat” that refers to an informal braai place).Frequented by both locals and tourists, Mzoli’s is definitely the place to go for expertly braaied meat and good company. (+27 (0)21 638 1355) 

One of the best outdoor braai areas is the Tokai forest. Towering pine trees offer shade, a natural backdrop and that wonderful pine aroma. The forest is a favourite for Capetonians who want to unwind before the start of another week. (+27 (0)21 780 9002)

Silvermine Nature Reserve forms a part of the Table Mountain National Park. With bike trails, hiking and birdwatching, as well as picnic and braai facilities, it is the ideal braai spot for nature-loving families in Cape Town. (+27 (0)21 780 9002)

The combination of forest scents and that of marinated chops on the braai are bound to get anyone’s mouth watering and tummy rumbling. Forests are the perfect braai spots, and the Newlands Forest is definitely no exception. (+27 (0)21 762 9180/1/2)

A favourite year-round braai spot is the Wynberg Park. The several braai and picnic spots and a fully equipped kiddies’ play area make it the ideal place for a big family braai and get-together. (+27 (0)21 761 1534)

Live Bait
11 Sep 2013
 
     

Lunch at Live Bait in Cape Town

By Fazielah Williams

I don't often experience the sensual seafood tastes of a restaurant in Cape Town, so naturally I jumped at an invitation to lunch at Live Bait in Kalk Bay recently.

With its spectacular views of Kalk Bay Harbour (one of its walls is actually the breakwater of the harbour) and the Atlantic Ocean, this seaside eatery is the perfect lunch spot. Patrons lucky enough to get a table at the floor-to-ceiling windows facing the ocean will spot a seal or two frolicking in the waves.

A part of the Harbour House Group, Live Bait has been running for 13 years and boasts a delectable menu.

Spoilt for choice between skilfully prepared sushi and fresh oysters for starters, my date and I took both!

My favourite dish without a doubt the Seafood Selection for two. At just R320 this smorgasbord of marine cuisine, loaded with softly-cooked crayfish, prawns, mussels, calamari tubes and the special fish of the day (on the day we were there, it was angelfish), is well worth the price.

A wine list worthy of any connoisseur’s scrutiny, featuring the likes of Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc and Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir, is a wonderful accompaniment to the mouth-watering menu.

No meal at Live Bait is complete without dessert, so do not leave without trying the superb and decadent dark chocolate terrine (layers of dark chocolate mousse, meringue and soft almond biscuit, served with fudge sauce).

I like to test what restaurants do with what we plebs would consider the mundane vanilla ice-cream and hot chocolate sauce offering and thankfully, Live Bait knows a thing or two about how to impress their patrons … simply put, presentation is everything, darling!

For more information about Live Bait, visit www.harbourhouse.co.za

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