Ristorante Enrico on the Garden Route has it all: fresh seafood, great views and salt water so close you can almost taste it in the air, says Charlotte Pregnolato.
Seafood and fish dominate the menu, and for good reason. Enrico’s own boats bring in the catch of the day (when available) and the kitchen’s expertise with these fruits of the sea is notable. The signature Fish Enrico, grilled with a simple white wine and garlic sauce, is perfection. For those who like South African veal, there’s a list of Italian-style preparations like veal with lemon, and crispy-crusted pizza is likeable and big enough to share. Order the bomba, a puffed focaccia, to share with other starters like deep-fried calamari. Desserts include a lovely baked ricotta cheesecake with chocolate chips and citrus.
The main list is printed on wine bottles and includes house wines – it’s affordable and rustic. Ask about their full selection of Italian wines, which are well priced and easy drinking – great with the food.
Staff members aim to please and are efficient and generally knowledgeable. In busy times, they bustle among tables balancing grappa shots and huge steaming trays, so keep your seat!
Come for the views, the swish of the surf, and the tang of salt water so close you can almost taste it. Casual picnic tables accommodate families outside on beautiful days. Be sure to linger for sundowners. The interior is country-comfortable, with a separate bar for sports watching. An after-meal beach walk is almost mandatory.
It is recommended, especially in season, to book for large parties.