The Lighthouse Family
When bitter roast-related disappointment leads to a change of plan, a welcome grin, great atmosphere and a delicious meal, you know the gods of Sunday lunches are looking out for you.
Maybe it's just me, but once I have it in my mind that I'm going to be treated to a delicious roast Sunday lunch and I'm SO looking forward to it, I find it a hard pill to swallow when said delicious roast Sunday lunch (the one you thought you had made a reservation for) has sold out... The disappointment and outrage of this debacle prompted us to walk out of the offending establishment and go in search of something else to fill the roast lamb and pork-shaped void in our Sunday.
Thanks be to the gods of Sunday lunches that we then walked a little further down the road to the delightfully welcoming Lighthouse Café. Despite being busy and despite the fact that we had made no reservations, the reception that greeted us on arrival from owner Brett could not have been more different. With a beaming smile he welcomed us in from the cold and we were immediately seated at a pretty little table in the window. With great excitement we ordered roast pork belly with cinnamon caramelised apples and suddenly we forgot all about the bitter disappointment of earlier. It was fabulous.
The Lighthouse has such a lovely, relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere. It is cosy and elegant, with a beachy, French décor (perhaps something to do with Brett's experience cooking in the south of France). The food is tasty and perfectly proportioned, the menu varied with seasonal specials. We've been here a few times for breakfast and I can never decide between the healthy home-made muesli with cinnamon poached pears, and the fluffy French toast with berry compote and mascarpone cheese...
But the thing that makes The Lighthouse Café such a gem, is the service. Brett and his wife Heleen always make a point of greeting diners in person to ensure that they are happy with their meal. We've even turned up for brunch just after they'd changed to the lunch menu, but sensing our disappointment, they whipped up some French toast anyway, just for us. Such considerate, thoughtful, flexibility comes from happy, properly-trained staff. And is precisely what earns recommendations and repeat customers.
Incidentally, they take reservations as well! So do yourself a favour, give them a call and reserve the pork belly if they have it! You won't be disappointed.
The Lighthouse Cafe can be found at 90 St George's Street (the main road through Simon's Town), opposite the entrance to the Naval Base. Visit their website or follow them on Facebook for updates and specials. Call 021 786 9000 to make a reservation.
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