22 Jul
2015

Century Classic car run- Sunday 15 November

The Triumph Sports Car club, Cape Town, will be staging a novel and exciting motoring event designed to attract owners of all kinds of classic, vintage and veteran cars. The event to be known as the Century Classic car Run will be held on 15 November 2015, and is open to owners of veteran, vintage and classic cars where the car must be 25 years or more and the total age of the car and driver must equal or exceed a century (100 years). The event will begin from Century City and participants will travel a route of 100 km and the number of participants will be limited to 100. Veteran car

Century City management is supporting the event and the public is invited to come and view the cars which will assemble from 08:30 am on the day at the Century City parking near the Porsche dealer. Century City will provide demarcated parking, security, toilets, hot drinks and food stalls and will publicize the event. Cars will leave from 10:30 onwards, parading  around Century City to follow a route through the scenic Durbanville hills and end at the Killarney racing circuit where two laps of the racing circuit will complete the rally. The public is encouraged to come in classic cars to enjoy a fun time and to see the cars off at Century City creating a regular classic car show.

Those wishing to participate are invited to register with the organisers and must certify that the total age of the car and the driver is 100 or more years. All participating cars should be licensed and roadworthy and, to ensure safety, carry a fire extinguisher on board.  Emergency rescue and backup will be provided. All participants will receive a cap commemorating this momentous run, as well as a collectible certificate. Prizes will be awarded to, amongst others, the oldest car that completes the event, for the oldest driver, driver/car combination and other categories that the organisers will determine. Participants must register at Century City commencing at 08:30 and complete an indemnity form..

Entrants should register individually, requesting an entry form from organiser Tom Dougan : Centuryclassiccarrun@gmail.com

This is planned to become an annual event on the motoring calendar.

 Don’t delay; as only 100 cars will be allowed on this event.

For more information contact : Centuryclassiccarrun@gmail.com

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18 May
2015

Winter Restaurant Specials in the Deep South

From May to September each year is what we often call the secret season. Late Autumn and Winter in Cape Town can be an amazing time. Whilst it may rain, there are many lovely sunshine days.  Accommodation rates are at their lowest and many restaurants run special offers to entice the locals out to eat during the cool evenings, attracted by very competitive prices and probably a warming fireplace. For many Capetonians this is the eating out season as it is not only more affordable than in the peak months, but chefs often have dishes on offer that are not obtainable at other times. Although Horizon Cottages has fully equipped kitchens in the self-catering accommodation, holiday makers generally like to treat themselves by dining out at night and we hope that you will find this guide to restaurants in our local area offering great value specials useful in making the most of your winter holiday.

Noordhoek has gained something of a reputation for being a gourmet destination for food lovers many of whom travel over the mountain from neighbouring suburbs to enjoy a wide selection and price range of food at our restaurants.

The Food Barn, is the flagship of the Noordhoek farm village with a restaurant that offers five-star dining and amongst the best food to be found in Cape Town.  The acclaimed Chef Franck Dangereux makes it affordable for mere mortals to eat here during the off-season.Firstly, the Autumn a’ la carte menu offers food at  half price for lunches on weekdays (excluding public holidays) but this does not apply to side dishes. There is no catch, just go and enjoy world class food at a 50% discount. As usual during the autumn and winter the restaurant also offers set menus paired with specific wine farms where you can choose a three course meal with served with wines to accompany the dishes for R275 and four courses for R 325 and the menu changes every two weeks. Stunningly presented meals make the most of local produce and offer food of a quality not often found. Look for the details on their website. Foorbarn.co.za

During the day, the deli at the Foodbarn offers breakfasts, light lunches and an array of freshly baked goods as well as fresh produce.

Glencairn, a little beach suburb over the hill from our Cape town Cottages has the unpretentious Bay Café located in a pretty Victorian hotel. The charming period restaurant has a warming fireplace while the deck outside offers lovely views of Glencairn Beach and wetland, with its sweeping views of the Hottentots Holland mountains across False Bay. You may even spot whales basking in the bay. The food is pub/bistro fare but you will find some really unbeatable value for money in their winter specials. Their Lamb shank slow roasted in flavoursome gravy is succulent and falling off the bone. Tuesday – hake & calamari R49. Wednesday -Calamari and Ribs R49 Thursday Lamb shank R79, Friday rump steak R79, Saturday seafood combo R79. Every day of the week they also offer Prawns piri-piri R98 and Beef Espetada R98. Find them at Glen Road, Glencairn, on the way to Simonstown.

Fish Hoek is our neighbour on the False Bay coast. Opposite the beach is Barracudas; a relaxed family restaurant with large expanses of floor to ceiling glass  to make the most of the views and which has a fresh, contemporary and natural feel with a touch of coral and aqua.
The restaurant is fully licenced but does not charge corkage if you bring your own. Most popular of their daily specials available from 6 pm is the superb Hake and Chips at only R45 but the other specials offer good value for money as, indeed, does the whole menu.  Wednesdays Lamb curry, rice and rooti R75; R89.00 Rack of Ribs & Spicy Chicken Wings; Friday R89.00 Sizzling Sirloin served with chips & vegetables of the day; Saturday Mixed Grill or False Bay Seafood Platter R95.00. Corner Beach and Recreation Road , Fish Hoek

If Chinese food is what you like you can’t get better value for money than the Imperial Garden Chinese Restaurant, 38 Main Road, Fish Hoek. Whilst they have an extensive a’la carte menu , they are offering this winter an “all you can eat “ buffet reduced from R125 to only R98 but requires booking 24 hours in advance and minimum of 4 persons.  Tel: 021 782 9677. The buffet includes  Sweetcorn soup, spring rolls, crispy pork, sweet sour pork, calamari, seafood chow mein, oyster sauce chicken,  stir fried vegetables, chili beef and egg fried rice.

Kalk Bay is popular throughout the year and has a wide selection of good restaurants. Harbour House is possibly the best restaurant in the Harbour Housesouthern peninsula; situated in the picturesque Kalk Bay working fishing harbour, built on the breakwater with views overlooking False Bay on one side and the colourful harbour on the other. From late July, Humpback and Southern Right whales migrate into the bay to calf and are regularly spotted by diners. Floor to ceiling picture windows allow guests to experience unforgettable seascapes all year round. In winter a log fire roars in the centre of the restaurant as huge waves crash on the rocks below and spray splashes the windows. Harbour House décor is elegant and simple, a quality reflected in the cuisine. As befits the quality of the food, with emphasis on fresh fish, menu prices are above average, but during the Secret Season they offer a superb 3 course meal at R185. This is really good value for fine Cape Town dining. The menu changes each month from May to September.

Cape to Cuba is a Bohemian restaurant overlooking Kalk Bay Harbour offering Cuban/Cajun dishes in a rambling, chandelier and antique cape-to-cuba-kalk-bayfilled beach hut restaurant/bar with live Latin music.  In addition to Cuban cigars, great mojitos and other cocktails, they serve some unusual and delicious food and one can purchase any of the furniture, icons or chandeliers.  Their winter specials are Seafood platter for one R135 and a winter fireside menu 3 course meal for R145, If you want somewhere different look for them in the Kalk bay main road.

Outspan Seafood Grill will be found in an old Cape Dutch style building as you come into Kalk bay, past the harbour. It looks a bit shabby, but it has a great position overlooking the harbour and has tables both in- and outside so that you can choose depending on the weather. If you fancy some fresh fish or prawns, the waiters will grill your fish for you on the fire outside.  Winter specials for seafood lovers are grilled Yellowtail, 6 prawns, calamari, chips salad for R115 or Hake and chips for R46. They are not licensed so don’t charge corkage; bring your own or get a bottle of wine from the liquor store just next to them.

Muizenberg, surfing capital of Cape Town, is a bit further down the line but we should mention the latest from the Harbour House Group. Tiger’s Milk, as the eatery is known, offers top-notch ‘dude food’, pizzas, burgers, ribs and craft beer. Their current special for Burger lovers is on Mondays where you can get 2 gourmet burgers for the price of 1 – 2 quarter pounder burgers with truffle infused mushroom sauce for only R85.Tiger’s Milk is popular with a younger set, vibrant and noisy. Corner of Beach and Sidmouth Roads, Muizenberg.

 

 

 

 

26 Sep
2014

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17 Sep
2014

The Hermanus Whale Festival 2014

The Hermanus Whale festival celebrates its 23rd year where these amazing gigantic creatures of the deep are showcased together with a variety of festivities, a carnival, a wide selection of food and drink and top performers and musicians from 3 October to 6 October. Hermanus has become known as the best land-based whale watching destination in the world and boasts the world’s only “Whale Crier”, a man employed expressly to wander the town’s cliff-tops announcing the presence and whereabouts of the Whales during the whale watching season from July to November. Each year southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to our warmer climates, usually reaching South Africa in June/July. During the season, the coastal waters of the Western Cape abound with the Leviathans, mating, calving and basking in the sun, often giving whale-watchers spectacular displays of elegant water acrobatics.Whale festival Hermanus

The Whales are always the star attraction at the annual festival and amazing sightings may be had either from the rocks at the site of the old harbour, or on the cliff top roads above the town. Last year there was a record sighting of 196 whales off Hermanus’ Walker bay. Celebrating the presence of whales, visitors are invited to join in the 3 days of festivities including great food, quality crafters, local beer brewers, great cycling and athletic events, and kids entertainment. Two Oceans Wine Music stage will feature more than 20 artists performing over the festival and the Marine Endangered Species Expo Marquee will enable you to learn about our marine mammals. There will be a carnival parade on the Saturday featuring the bands of the SANDF and the Cape Town Highlanders.

The highlight of Saturday 4 th October will, undoubtedly,  be the annual Whales and Wheels classic car show which will be held from 09h00 to 17h00 at the Hermanus Primary School.  Owners of these prized old cars motor in early in the morning from all over Cape Town and the Overberg. The school grounds will host the display of Vintage, Veteran and classic cars, some almost priceless and seen very rarely.  The organisers aim to surpass last year’s show that was acclaimed by many visitors as one of the best country shows they have attended. There will be a parade of the classic cars through the streets of Hermanus at 10h00. The school hall, as always, will host an exhibition and sale of scale model cars where boys of all ages can indulge their passion, and there will be many food and refreshment stalls. A modest entrance fee to the public is charged to the car show and raises money for the school.

The full programme of events is available on the web-site and from the Festival office. http://www.whalefestival.co.za/

By : Horizon Cottages; Affordable Cape Town accommodation

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15 Sep
2014

Heritage Day Veteran Car Drive

Heritage Day is celebrated annually in South Africa on 24 September. This public holiday aims to celebrate our rainbow nation’s diversity and encourages South Africans to unite despite their differences. As part of the celebrations for Heritage Day 2014 on Wednesday 24 September, there will be a national ‘Drive It’ campaign and Cape Town is joining in the spirit of the occasion with an old car run and display, eligible for pre-1979 cars to participate. The organisers are expecting a wonderful variety of motoring Nostalgia, ranging from prized Veteran and vintage automobiles, through classic cars of the 30’s to ‘60’s. The members of the Crankhandle Club, Cape Town’s largest vintage motoring club will be out in full support as will many other motoring clubs. The event is open to all who have a qualifying car. Cars will convene on Rondebosch Common at 09h30 to drive off at 10h00 en- route to the Castle- Cape Town’s oldest building, where they will go on display. Veteran and vintage cars and motorcycles will lead the convoy, followed by classic cars and motorcycles. The route will move from Rondebosch Common down the Main Road to Cape Town, ending at the Castle. The media will publicise the event to encourage the public to view and support the procession of vehicles. Everyone participating in the display is encouraged to dress up for the occasion.
Entry into the Castle will be free on the day, and together with the display of cars there will be  an indoor antique market, film shows, food stalls, live music, art, a kiddies play area and more.

Anyone who is interested in entering a vehicle or having a stall, please contact Hazel at hazel@starstruckautos.co.za.

Find pictures of entrants already received on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/712297132140261/?fref=ts. Expect to see some cars like these below:

 

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18 Feb
2014

Kalk Bay Fish Fare 2014

The quaint, picturesque fishing village of Kalk Bay has turned itself into one of the most popular of Cape Town’s attractions. Kalk Bay Fish FareIt is always bustling on weekends throughout the year as it is beloved for its many restaurants and attractions by both locals and visitors. Eagerly anticipated on the first Saturday of March each year is the Annual Fish Fare, held in the grounds of the beautiful and historic Holy Trinity church. This year’s Fish Fare will be held on Saturday 2 March 2013 starting at 10:30 and ends at 18:00. There will be more than a dozen stalls selling fish prepared in many different ways, including line fish on the barbeque (or braai) as we say in South Africa, seafood and fish curries and so much more. For more details see our post last year at :  http://blog.horizoncottages.co.za/?p=517

Most in the know get there early in order to be able to choose from the best and freshest seafood dishes on offer, but the stalls and the fish braais will keep going throughout the day to keep the thousands of customers happy. Expect it to be very busy, very noisy but loads of fun.

13 Nov
2013

Halaal Restaurants of Cape Town

Cape Town has a long established and peaceful Islamic community who have imprinted their influence on the culture of our City. The so called Cape Malay community gets its name from the people that were originally enslaved by the Dutch East India company and brought from Java  (now Indonesia) and Mallaca (now in Malaysia) to the Cape as early as  1654.  The influence of these Malay slaves has found its way, not only to our culture, but to the Cuisine of our country. Muslim visitors to Cape Town will have no difficulty finding restaurants that cater to their beliefs, tastes and culture.  In all of these, the consumption or serving of alcohol is forbidden.

Biesmiellah is probably the longest established of these and is situated in the picturesque Bo-Kaap. Expect to enjoy traditional Cape Malay cuisine such as Deningvleis and Bobotie, as well as Indian curries. Location : c/o Wale Street  and Pentz street;  Tel 021-423-0850

Eastern Food Bazaar in the centre of the City Serves a large variety of food from all over the East, and you may expect generous helpings at prices that are extremely reasonable.  You will find breyanis, curries, Indian specialities, Chinese food, and even Middle Eastern Falafels and shawarmas together with specialty ice-cream and desserts. The setup is in cafeteria-style so don’t expect anything too elegant but the food is excellent. See our detailed review at http://blog.horizoncottages.co.za/?p=563.  Eastern Food Bazaar

Location : 96 Longmarket Street/ Darling Street opposite Central Post Office building. Tel 021-461-2458

Jewel of India has relocated from the Waterfront to the Bo Kaap and is now strictly Halaal. The menu is much more varied than most and will include Pulao, naan, kebabs  and other dishes prepared in a tandoori oven, together with delicious Naan breads. The  Jewel of India claims to revive and maintain the glorious culinary traditions of old in an ambiance best suited for today’s world. Having eaten there a couple of times, we can attest to the quality of the food, although the ambiance is a little like a factory dining room rather than a restaurant.

Location : 102 Wale st c/o Rose, Bokaap

Bibi’s Kitchen is a bright, clean and modern restaurant and take away on Broad Road, Wynberg. One orders from the counter filled with a variety of tempting samoosas and moons. The menu includes Indian and Cape Malay dishes, curries, Salomies (Roti wraps) all at reasonable prices. No need to book – there is always plenty of space and turnover is quick.

Location Broadmed Centre, Wynberg: Tel 021-761-8365

Cosy Corner  might look like an American diner, but  dishes range from Cape Malay specialties, curries, breyanis and grills as well as the iconic Cape Town  special Gatsbys.  Established in 1973, Cosy Corner was one of Cape Town’s first Halaal eateries; locals will tell you about the part Cosy Corner played in the apartheid struggle, but it also features in many more personal and romantic stories – of engagements, family reunions and birthdays.

Location : 119 Ottery Rd, Wynberg Tel 021 797 2498

The Noon Gun

The Noon Gun Tea-Room and Restaurant is a home-based family concern situated on the slopes of Signal hill, just below the actual noon gun, with breath taking views overlooking the city of Cape Town. Home-cooked Cape Malay dishes such as chicken biryani, bobotie, samoosas, dennings vleis, bredie and curries are all lovingly prepared and delicious, offering true Cape comfort food. The noon gun is fired, by tradition, at 12 every day, so you might want to take a walk to the Lion battery on Signal Hill and enjoy this experience before heading to the restaurant for lunch.

Location : 273 Longmarket Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. Tel : 021 424 0529

Bhandaris : is the nearest Halaal restaurant to our Noordhoek accommodation – a North Indian restaurant in neighbouring Fish Hoek, with master chefs from Northern India who specialise in tandoor and Indian cuisine. They offer a splendid, but affordable , Buffet on Sundays, for both lunch and dinner, which will usually include a lamb, chicken, fish and vegetarian curry with a variety of raita, salads, popadoms, sambals and a dessert.  The restaurant has an relaxing, opulent ambiance with its authentic wooden doors, hues of gold and red, wrought iron lanterns, plush seating and comfortable intimate spaces. Although the kitchen and food is strictly in conformance with Halaal practices, this restaurant caters to the local population and does serve alcohol.

Fish on the Rocks : Situated at the end of the Breakwater in neighbouring Hout Bay is a longstanding favourite in Cape Town. You might round off a scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak to enjoy their fish and chips and other seafood options and even shop at the Bay Harbour Market next door. Fish on the Rocks is not so much a restaurant, as a café, where you will have to queue for your food but the service is polite and efficient, and the wait will be worth it. It is very popular in summer and over weekends.Fish on the Rocks Hout bay

Location :  1 Harbour Road, Hout Bay. Tel 021-790-0001.

by : Horizon Cottages, self catering Noordhoek cottages

31 Oct
2013

Cape Town is the choice of World travellers

Beautiful Cape Town, chosen for 2014 as the World’s Design Capital, has been rated as the World’s third best City in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2014” Top Cities list. Lonely Planet is internationally known to produce the world’s top destination guides and their “Best in Travel” is produced annually as a guide to the top destinations, trends and experiences for the upcoming year with Cape Town being beaten only by Paris and Trinidad amongst the many attractive cities of the World.

The City’s place on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 Top 10 Cities list is largely due to its status as World Design Capital 2014. The international travel guide writes that visitors should “Expect sculpture-lined green spaces, sustainable projects that are more than just a pretty face, and further regeneration of former industrial districts.” Lonely Planet says that the reasons for selecting certain destinations vary, but they do say that 2014 ‘marks the twentieth anniversary of South African democracy – honour it by exploring the city’s history’.Cape Town view

Cape Town has seen a number of prized accolades this October, including :

  • Our city took first place in the category Top 10 Cities in Africa and the Middle East and was ranked eleventh in the Top 25 Cities in the World by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, with some 80 000 readers casting 1,3 million votes in this year’s survey.
  • The World Travel Awards which took place in Kenya earlier this month, are seen as the “Oscars of the travel industry” and placed Cape Town top as Africa’s Leading Destination and also as Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination.
  • The World Travel Awards placed Cape Town top as Africa’s Leading Tourist Destination and also as Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination.
  • In the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards, Cape Town was first in the category Top 10 Cities in Africa and the Middle East and was ranked 11th in the Top 25 Cities in the World.

“These awards pay homage to the city’s natural beauty and the huge welcome it extends to international and local tourists. The city and its residents are reaping the benefits of the tourism industry. More visitors to our beautiful city means an increase in revenue and the creation of more job opportunities.,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe in a Press release by the City of Cape Town, available on their website.

Coming on top of a recent official announcement of an annualised increase in tourist numbers to Cape Town of 8.5%, this bodes well for the coming holiday season. Fortunately there is still affordable Cape Town accommodation available this season at Horizon Cottages.

 

 

20 Oct
2013

Wijnland Auto Museum

Many of us who live in Cape Town may either not have heard of or visited the Wijnland Auto Museum in Joostenbergvlakte, although some, while heading up the N1 in the direction of  Paarl may have seen on the left-hand side of the Highwaywhat looks like an old car graveyard , which in many ways is what it is. We visited the Museum recently in the company of 20 other classic motoring enthusiasts We were met by Marge Boshoff, the owner’s wife, who gave us a short rundown on the history of this amazing motoring collection and she informed us that they earn their livelihood from fees paid by photographers for shoots at the Museum as well as providing vehicles for film and photo shoots. It is a very popular destination for fashion photographers who appear to delight in contrasting beautiful models with the many rusting and derelict cars standing out in the open. Wijnland Auto Museum

Les Boshoff, the proprietor, took over and led our group on a tour of the extensive collection. With more than 600 vehicles in the collection it is claimed to be the largest auto Museum in South Africa which it may be, except that most vintage and classic car collections usually have good restored vehicles on display. Les explained that generally they only restore cars as and when they receive a commission for a film or photographic shoot. In many cases the cars are only superficially restored to a budget in order to appear realistic enough to the camera, owing to the prohibitive cost of a full restoration. There have been many famous film stars at the Museum and his cars have been used in many famous films that have been shot in South Africa. He regaled us with stories of teaching Salma Hayek to drive a 1920’s Ford Model A pickup which was used in one of her movies. This particular car has the steering on the left-hand side in order to appear authentic in the film although the pedals and other controls are on the right-hand side and had to be operated by someone out of sight below the dashboard. Other interesting vehicles used in films include a replica F1 racer, a jet propelled land speed record car and a “Starsky and Hutch” look alike Ford.

Undercover in the Museum building are about 30 vehicles in good to fair condition and all of which appear to be running. These range from a Rolls-Royce and Bentley used for weddings and other functions, quite a number of very desirable huge finned American convertibles from the 1950s and 60’s, a Studebaker Silver Hawk and a few American cars of 1920’s and 30’s vintage. There is also a small collection of Hot Rods and associated memorabilia. The workshop, adjacent to the Museum is in itself worth the visit as it is full of interesting memorabilia is and collectables.

There are myriad unrestored, although restorable, vehicles languishing outside under covered shelters whilst the vast majority of the cars are lined up in the open yard on the extensive property. These are generally rusted, rotting and incomplete but not without attraction for photographers if not for motoring enthusiasts. When one takes a walk through the Museum grounds it is apparent that there is almost no make of car or even truck that cannot be found somewhere in the collection; irrespective of its condition. Our visit coincided with springtime in the Cape and the yard was lent a certain charm by the green grass and wildflowers although one can imagine that in the winter it must be much less attractive.

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Some of our group remarked that they found the museum depressing because of the general poor condition of so many collectable cars. Most of these are undoubtedly destined to be reduced to oxides in the ground as a team of 100 people working full time could probably not save them. Les is a bit of a controversial character amongst the old car fraternity, known for amassing any old bits that he can lay hands on, but one who declines to help anyone restoring a vehicle with any parts and who asks an outrageous price if anyone wishes to buy one of his old wrecks. Nevertheless we found him a congenial host and interesting raconteur. This is not the collection of an avid motoring enthusiast but it is worth a visit if you have an interest in old and classic cars and the entrance fee of R50 does not break the bank.

 

By : Horizon Cottages

Directions to Wijnland Auto Museum :

Drive along the N1 toward Paarl, take exit 34, Lucullus St, turn first right at the Nursery into Tarrentaal Rd, then drive to the end of the road where you will see the signs at the gate. There is no website but for more information or reservations contact  +27-21-9884203

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29 Aug
2013

Authentic Dockside Diner- Panama Jacks

We had decided to go in pursuit of authentic seafood served in a restaurant set in the working docks of Cape Town’s Table Bay Harbour. What a pity that we chose the wettest day of the Cape Town winter, but that did not dampen our enthusiasm to enjoy a memorable lunch. Panama Jack’s restaurant is renowned for authentic seafood and is situated a little beyond the Royal Cape Yacht club amongst warehouses and container storage depots.  If nothing else, it is a foodie destination far removed from the touristy thrum of the V&A Waterfront.

Panama Jacks is set in a timber, cabin like building on the edge of the docks with plenty of parking. On entering the dimly lit restaurant , the many nautical collectibles together with a low ceiling draped with flags of the world instils the confidence that you have chosen the right place to eat.  As you are shown to your table you may notice the concrete tank with crayfish swimming; patiently waiting for your order.  A nautical map of some exotic part of the world becomes your tablecloth on the rustic wooden table.  There is a good wine list featuring some of the Cape’s best and a reasonable selection of wines available by the glass. Seafood platter

We chose the seafood platter for two which arrived in less than 15 minutes, served by a friendly and attentive guy wearing a pirate bandana.  The large frying pan that has become ubiquitous for seafood eateries was brought to our table set in a wrought iron table stand. The platter was a feast for the eyes -pride of place on the platter was a pair of grilled crayfish halves; 4 scallops with roe served in the shells, a brace of Portuguese mussels, a dozen perfectly grilled succulent prawns, a large chunk of fresh Kingklip on the bone, nestled above a mountain of tender breaded strips of calamari (cuttlefish) and savoury rice. Conveniently nestled in the platter was a bowl of Sauce Tartare but also served separately was a trio of little jugs containing lemon butter, garlic butter and truly spectacular peri-peri sauce to ring the changes.  Every part was cooked to perfection although the rice was a little on the oily side. There was so much food that we could not finish it all and took home the calamari to enjoy for lunch the next day. This has to be the definitive seafood platter that sets the standard. The menu is small but interesting; with some Caribbean specialties and a few surprises like half a crispy duck.

We liked the relaxed but busy atmosphere; the dockside setting and nautical ambience. We had a memorable lunch of seafood and resolved to return to enjoy the duck, but somehow I think that it will be seafood special again for me.

Panama Jacks is reached from the City by travelling down Christiaan Barnard St toward the harbour; ducking left under the N1 highway into the harbour precinct. Be sure to stop at security where the entrance is controlled by daunting retractable spikes. From there turn right and proceed past the yacht club where you will see the sign for the restaurant.  For bookings Tel : 021 447 3992

Because our visit took place on a dim and miserable day we have chosen to use and give credit for some of the pictures taken from the restaurants website :  http://www.panamajacks.net/
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