In the “old “ days The Strand was a sleepy little town packed with lucky retirees who were only too happy to find a burger chain or steakhouse at which to eat.
Words and images by Greg Landman
Today the scene is very different. Oh yes, there are still retirees but they are from all over the world and many of those with comfortable bank balance from our own country.
The eating scene has responded accordingly but there are still not any haute places here as the locals love the laid-back vibe that is theirs—and besides, they have nothing to prove, do they?
One of the places which are very popular and deservedly so is De Brasserie, which belongs to the family that owns the Almenkerk wine set up in Elgin.
They are Belgians so expect leanings in that direction like excellent mussel dishes with garlic, cream, and white wine or with the quirky accents of lemongrass, ginger, coconut, chili at R85 for a starter or R140 for a main course option. The steak tartare as a starter comes already mixed or you can go for a main course size which you mix yourself at R130.
Other mains are excellent nasi goreng traditionally served with an egg on top at R120, very good steaks done in many ways, calamari, fish of the day and a Bistro menu with light plates to share.
Desserts of substantial Dutch apple tart with cream and ice cream and the heavenly light chocolate mousse will keep any sweet tooth happy. Do not go without ordering coffee which comes with a limoncello shot with cream, the cutest chocolate heart you have ever seen and a piece of shortbread—what a great idea. And while you are there skip to the loo and see what an imagination can do to the proverbial “john.”
All in all a great place to hang out—locals will sit inside in air-conditioned comfort and visitors will bask kerbside overlooking the famous beach.
DE BRASSERIE 021 853 3833