Eating and Drinking in West Coast

Gaaitjie

Paternoster

Restaurants

Gaaitjie

Is it just us, or are the best restaurants always in the smallest little towns, or in this case village? Paternoster already lays claim to another of my all-time favourites, and it is a pleasure to add another to the list - Gaaitjie. This place is so good I even chose it as my go-to restaurant to celebrate my completion of my chef's diploma. Situated in an old white-washed fisherman's cottage, nestled amongst the boulders and right on the voorstrandt (beach front), Gaaitjie offers food that is fresh (you can't possibly get much closer to the sea) and made with love and passion. Suzi, chef and owner, respects her ingredients and allows them to do the talking, but her class shows through with the amazing touches, textures, colours and flavours...

  • Contact: Off Sampson Street
  • Tel: +27 (0)22 752 2242
  • Web: www.saltcoast.co.za
  • Updated: 06/01/2014

Oep Ve Koep

Paternoster

Restaurants

Oep Ve Koep

If an award were ever to be given for a restaurant that best matched what The Greenwood Guide is all about, my vote would go to Oep Ve Koep in Paternoster. Quirkiness, fun, ingenuity, sustainability…. this place has it all. And, to top it all, it is situated in my favourite little village in South Africa, Paternoster. Head Chef, Kobus Van Der Merwe, is simply a genius. Everything served here is strictly local. This means the herbs are picked fresh from the garden or wild from the dunes, the seafood from the sea just a sinker's throw away (brave the home-made bookoms, they are well worth it), the vegetables from the clever rowing boat gardens and a lot of other ingredients foraged from the fynbos, dunes and regional plants. Oh, the food also tastes absolutely unbelievable, the plating is gorgeous and the outside eating area a delight. Oep Ve Koep is definitely my restaurant of the year!Don’t forget to browse the the quirky Winkel op Paternoster inside for jams, breads, preserves, memorabilia and the most divine fleur de sel.

  • Contact: St. Augustine Road, Paternoster, West Coast
  • Tel: +27 (22) 7522 105
  • Email: oepvekoep@mweb.co.za
  • Updated: 15/09/2011

St Helena Nursery Coffee Shop

St Helena Bay

Cafés & delis

St Helena Nursery Coffee Shop

Is 24 years and 350 days too young to retire? Before judging, I ask you to please go visit the Brittania Bay / St Helena Bay area. Paradise a mere 2 hours' drive from Cape Town. Here you will also find a little gem, the St Helena Nursery and Coffee Shop. From the moment you walk through the door you get welcomed in true West Coast style and things just keep getting better. The view is to die for (why spend a fortune visiting the Med?); the food honest, home-made, strictly local and delicious (the best feta and biltong quiche!); and the nursery a delight, selling local indigenous plants and accessories. Cold and rainy? No problem. Cosy up next to the fireplace and watch the rain lash against the floor-to-ceiling glass doors as you tuck in to some delicious grub! P.S. If you can't decide between the delicious fresh scones and cream or something savoury do as someone at our table did... scone, jam, cream and French fries! Perfect…. apparently!

  • Contact: St Helena Bay Road, off the R27
  • Tel: +27 (22) 736 1564
  • Email: heinie@weskusmail.co.za
  • Updated: 07/10/2011

The Marmalade Cat

Darling

Cafés & delis

The Marmalade Cat

On my first visit to the Marmalade Cat, Sandi wasn't in. She had popped out to show a British couple her secret wild-flower spot. With the real 'Marmalade' at my feet I browsed through the kaleidocope of gifts and collectables while aromas of my bacon and feta omelette filled the shop. Don't miss Friday night pizzas and don't leave without a momento off the shelf. I settled for a jar of home-made sun-dried tomato mustard. This is what food is meant to taste like.

  • Prices: Breakfast: R20 - R45. Lunch and Dinner: R45 - R68.
  • Contact: 19 Main Rd, Darling
  • Tel: 022-492-2515
  • Cel: 082-448-9298
  • Email: blands@mweb.co.za
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

The Noisy Oyster

Paternoster

Restaurants

The Noisy Oyster

The crew is a close-knit group of misfits dedicated to food, wine and good times... sounds perfect to me. Chef Brian changes the menu daily, with the usual seafood suspects of fresh oysters, mussels, calamari, prawns and line fish being the obvious focus. If you are in the area it's a must; if not, it's well worth a day trip from Cape Town.

  • Prices: Starters: R40 - R50. Mains: R65 - R140. Desserts: R35 - R40.
  • Contact: St Augustine Rd, Paternoster
  • Tel: 022-752-2196
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Voorstrandt Restaurant

Paternoster

Restaurants

Voorstrandt Restaurant

A traditional West Coast fisherman's house, the building is 115 years old and sits smack on Paternoster's bright white sands, looking straight on to the water. The seafood couldn't be fresher with West Coast lobster a highlight in season, but there are also plenty of other beefy/chickeny/veggie options. Have a starter and a glass of wine, stroll on the beach, return for a main course. One of my absolute favourite restaurants in S.A.

  • Prices: Average starters R40; mains R95; desserts R30.
  • Contact: Strandloper Street, Paternoster
  • Tel: 022-752-2038
  • Fax: 022-752-2229
  • Cel: 083-562-5239
  • Email: voorstrandt@lando.co.za
  • Web: www.voorstrandt.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

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For a relatively small city, Cape Town spreads out a long way, but I always find it remarkable how easily you can escape the urban sprawl and find yourself in wild country if you travel along the west coast. The West Coast and Cederberg make for low-stress, high-reward travel, all within just an hour or two of the so-called Mother City.

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