Saul’s Mediterranean Taverna – Sea Point
My wife is a prawn addict- she loves them prepared in every way and seldom orders anything else when we eat out; which we do quite frequently. I had been attracted by a special offer to enjoy a 1kg Queen prawn platter for 2 at Saul’s Taverna in Sea Point, at only R99. Although this restaurant is out of our way, I decided to enjoy a Sunday in the City, as the day promised an end to the chill and rain of this past weekend and give her a treat.
Saul’s Taverna is at the top end of Sea Point at 103 Main road; easy enough to find and parking in nearby streets was not difficult to find. The restaurant faces the street and has both an outside covered patio and large sliding windows to let the summer sun and weather in. The place has a cheerful, Mediterranean ambiance, with vaulted ceilings and arches, and terrazzo tiled floors. The prawn special was everything that one could have wished for. Grilled seafood can easily be overdone but these prawns, grilled on the flame, were succulent and delicious, served with a Garlic butter sauce and a selection of bottled Peri- Peri sauces. The tiny fries that accompanied the prawns were lightly spiced and delicious. When eating prawns, however, the finger bowls should be brought at the beginning of the meal not after.
Sauls Taverna is obviously popular, in spite of the competition from the many restaurants in the street; probably because it offers large portions at very good value. The Menu features some Mediterranean specialities and a few more innovative dishes, such as Kudu Espatadas, (R115). This makes a great family eating out venue as Pizzas, Pasta and burgers are very affordably priced as is the Fish ‘n Chips at only R39. The wine list offered a reasonable selection, affordably priced but, disappointingly, only indifferent house wine was available by the glass.
The service was friendly but not very efficient even though the restaurant was not too busy. One gained the impression that the waitrons were inexperienced and possibly untrained.
In summary: Great prawns; and a good value for money eatery.