Take a Deep Breath at Strandkombuis Yzerfontein

Words by Greg Landman. Photos by Jaco Voges.

One of the delights of living in Cape Town is the access one has to the seaside restaurants, which are all over the place.

If you want to get really close to the nature thing, take yourself to the Strandkombuis at Yzerfontein, for an experience not to be forgotten. This tented area is right on the dunes— overlooking the seemingly endless beach with the Atlantic rollers ceaselessly breaking before one.

Obviously the food here is mainly fish—all cooked on the coals on the side of the place. If you are not into fish, let them know in advance and something can be done about that.

One starts with the most superb farm bread baked right there with generous farm butter, three kinds of preserves, grape, fig and apricot, all to go with a deliciously rich fish soup made with hake. Do NOT go overboard on this—which is very easy to do—as there is plenty to follow.

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Straight from the oven.

The main course consists of fabulous mussels, two kinds of grilled fish, and the most superb prawns that I have eaten in a long time. Apparently they are “from the East.” The pumpkin fritters and the oven baked rosemary potatoes alone are worth the trip. Apple and date salad as well as a Greek one with plenty of feta take up the slack.

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Look at the size of those prawns!

The incredibly rich koeksisters and moer koffie are just the things—if you have room –to finish it all up. As my Auntie Ada used to say, ’It’s all too much.”

The service is friendly in the country manner and there is a small wine and beer thing going, or take your own. Bookings are absolutely necessary so give them a call and give yourself a treat—so close to the sea you can breathe it.

Phone: 022 451 2360

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The friendly folk at Strandkombuis

Greg Landman

As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.

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