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Saturday Spot: More About Kalk Bay…

April 19th, 2009 · 16 Comments

I know I go on about Kalk Bay and I have blogged about it before! But hay, this is our stomping ground, we lived here for years when we were newly weds and this week is our anniversary. And let’s face it Kalk Bay just happens to be one of the must visit for the day in Cape Town…

Now, last Saturday the father person and I went on an actual outing, without kids… you could call it a date. This is something so far off our radar that it’s unheard of and I don’t think we have done it since well sometime between the arrival of Hood #5 and Hood #6. Yup, it’s been a while! Anyway the opportunity arose and we headed for Kalk Bay… there is an eatery we have had our eye on for quite a while – it’s all about the food!!!

Now suppose you head for Kalk Bay, opposite the harbour there is a large parking spot, called the Outspan. Off the Outspan is the Olympia bakery hmmmm! And just down from the bakery on the Main Road is a collection of tables and umbrellas… and on a misty morning it looks kind of subdued.


But by mid-morning it has woken up and by lunch time it is a hive of activity.


So that’s where we headed, we love pavement food and this epitomizes it… here is the “oven”:


Now you might call it a grill or a barbecue depending on where you are from but we call it a braai (pronounced: br-eye) and is a great South African Institution. There were a lot of snickers as I took this photo, like: “Look at that tourist taking photo’s of the braai!” A blogger has to suffer such humiliation!

Anyway, a fish braai is the perfect way to spend a lingering afternoon, especially if someone else is cleaning the fish and doing all the work. We were forced to sit and watch the harbor and share a Savannah. The hardship – I tell you!


Then came our starter – grilled calamari, with fresh ginger and chili sauce – I meant to photograph it but um, well it was half way down before we remembered – so here is the starter midway!!!


Followed by the main…


They mis-counted the prawns there were just heaps of them! and about the best things in the world to eat is braaied yellowtail – oh! sublime!!! Let’s just say we licked our platters clean and left a bucket of shells…


After that we wandered past some pavement beads, typical South African pavement art:


And down the Main Road and all the interesting shops, where we could actually browse, since there weren’t fourteen little hands with us “not touching” anything…


Quite by chance (!), we ended up at The Ice-CafĂ©… and they happened to have in stock, all the flavors of my best ice-cream in the world… rum-and-raisin, lemon and coffee… in that order… best in the world. That’s been my favorite ice-cream since I was a kid, (not being one for variety or anything) don’t mess with a good combination, I always say!


After that we headed for a browse and a read in our favorite bookshop… and finally home to make Saturday pizza for the se7en hoods – They didn’t miss us like crazy!!!

So if you are looking for a fish braai, with spunking fresh fish from the harbor over the road, and you don’t want to do any work whatsoever, then get yourself down to the Outspan in Kalk Bay – trust me it’s worth it.

And Thank-you to our noble friends for the gift of an afternoon of heady freedom. Not to mention, all the Asterix you had to read and goomy (chinese jump roping) and laundry folding you endured on our behalf!!!

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 tracey // Apr 19, 2009 at 2:19 am

    I am so jealous of your weekend away! Looks like you guys had a blast.

  • 2 se7en // Apr 19, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Hi T, It was just an afternoon! It was just five minutes from home! It was just lovely!!! We are still recovering! Have a good week!!!

  • 3 Aunty Muffin // Apr 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Looks fabulous, especially all that fresh fish! mmmmmmm

  • 4 se7en // Apr 19, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Hay Aunty Muffin, and you live right there… save your pennies it is well worth it!!!

  • 5 Laura // Apr 20, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I agree with Aunty Muffin – looks absolutely divine! Wish you could send some through the internet 🙂 Happy Anniversary!!

  • 6 se7en // Apr 20, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Hi L, You are going to have to visit for this one! I wish we had taken your folks they would have loved it!!! Have a good week!!!

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    Did a family lunch there yesterday. Hubs and I both ordered the same platter as you did, just with Cob instead and did we enjoy it!! Even the seafood pizza which the children had was yummo!! Will definetely go there again!!

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    Oh Nita… I am so glad you enjoyed it!!! Isn’t it a just such a fabulous spot!!! Definitely a place to visit again and again!!!

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