Hook Line and Sinker
We had been warned not to go without booking. This somewhat quirky family seafood eatery is seriously popular and one can wait several weeks to get a table on a weekend. We were met and greeted by the owner when we arrived, and shown to the table by wife Jacqui. Simple decor includes wall tiles on which you are encouraged to join the reviews of many hundred others. Stefan the owner/chef is a raconteur par non, and will regale you with stories of his diamond diving, motor racing and business exploits, while waiting for guests to arrive before lighting the fire. The restaurant is a long way out of Cape Town but be warned not to be late, or you may not eat. Stefan cooks the fish and seafood on an open fireplace in the open plan kitchen, in view of the guests. The food is not barbequed however, but pan fried in one of the many cast iron pans that hang on the walls. The food- well the line fish served with dill butter was superb, although my wife would have preferred her prawns to have less butter in the sauce.
We enjoyed delicious mussel soup in a tomato base, and a prawn bisque while the fires were being lit; the soup served with a large, scrumptious freshly baked Ciabatta bread. The fish is not only fresh, but a variety of local line fish is offered giving one a chance to sample the best of Cape Town’s great variety of fish.
A short but interesting wine list showcase local wine estates at very reasonable prices. We enjoyed a sauvignon blanc that was as good as some of the more expensive and famous estates.
The deserts are apparently legendary but we had to decline after such a sumptuous meal.
After a fragrant coffee to round off a great meal, we were personally escorted to our car by Stefan; he is certainly a character, and does things his way, but they know how to look after their guests. There is no second sitting so guests are encouraged to linger and to chat; particularly once the cooking has been done.
Hook, Line and Sinker is quite a long way from Cape Town but can be reached via one of the most beautiful, scenic coastal roads through Gordons Bay and Rooi Els. The drive alone through the most spectacular coastal road, makes it worth going the distance.