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Cafe Orca Seafood Restaurant

Cafe Orca Seafood Restaurant
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Cost
R169 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Views
Food
Bistro fare, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Seafood
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50 (per 750ml), R100 (per 1litre)

Critic's review

Hope Malau

Cafè Orca offers a selection of tasty seafood dishes and good value. The waiters and management go all out to give guests a great experience. This restaurant seems very popular for the locals, so the earlier you get there the sooner you'll get seatted especially on Sundays when it is first come first served for lunch. However, it is well worth the wait, which can be done at the bar with a drink in hand.

Food
The starter menu offers grilled squid with lemon butter, garlic parsley oil and red pesto. If you’re a prawn fan try out the cajun butter sauteed prawns with Asian noodles. For a none fishy start can try chicken livers with bacon bits and spicy creamy tomato sauce.
As soon as your settled the waiter will explain the catch of the day as most of the mains are line fish, mostly Dorado or swordfish. I would recommend the platters as you get a bit of everything on the menu on one plate. The platters are very generous and delicious. Try the fisherman's platter baby sole, three grilled prawns and calamari served with a styled vegetable madley. For a all fried platter try the Melkbos platter hake, praws and calamari all fried served with chips or rice and vegetables on the side. Vegetarians can try the Caprese salad, Greek salad or blue cheese salad. Deserts are not on the menu so after the meal the waiter will explain the available deserts. The house dessert is well know as the triple layer sponge base, set custard and peppermint mousse. Look out for the rich and creamy large slice of cheese with thyme and caramel sauce with koeksister and caramel ice cream on the side.

Drinks
As a guest you can choose from the usual hot beverages like coffee, hot chocolate and tea. Kids can have juice or milkshakes from three varieties chocolate, strawberry or vanilla milkshake. The wine list offers well known Champaigns like MCC and good local wines like Babylonstoren and Durbanville Hills wines. Basic beers and cider selections.

Service
The manager is hands on and tries to give the guests a great experience. The waiters are friendly and they are on time to take orders and the check ups are consistent.

Ambience
Sitting outside gives you a great view of the beach and surfers in the ocean. The inside of the restaurant gives you a feeling of a small home. It still has the shared rooms of a home inside.
One of the rooms is a small bar area with the door going out to the smoking area with a wooden shade area and chairs to relax. The regulars vary between kids and 40+ year old guests.

Best for...
A great place to have a simple seafood meal, near the beach with family.

(2018)

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  • Thulisa Martins

    Food
    A wide spread of seafood dishes awaits you at Café Orca. Guests can pick from a sizeable selection of starters, which includes grilled calamari with pesto cream, feta and couscous; chicken livers; spicy shrimp with Cajun butter; and Asian noodles. The local mussels come highly recommended, beautifully plated in a creamy garlic-and-white-wine sauce with a garnish of micro herbs. For the oyster lovers, the shells here are served with an Asian dipping sauce and horseradish cream. For a light option, Orca also offers a selection of traditional salads such as Caprese and Greek.

    No matter whether the line fish of the day is something like bluenose or dorado, opt to have your fresh catch done in a Moroccan style. The fish is flaky and cooked to perfection, smothered in a creamy harissa sauce that lifts the dish, and comes topped with sweet rosa tomatoes and capers for a good salty dimension. Another dish to consider for mains is the Fisherman’s Platter, which features tender sole, juicy prawns, calamari tubes, vegetables and great chips, which are soft and creamy on the inside and crisp on the outside.

    For carnivores, the only option is the beef fillet Florentine, comprising of beef medallions served with spinach, pepper sauce and balsamic tomato.

    Desserts are not on the menu, so ask the waitron what’s available. Café Orca boasts about the dessert made especially for the eatery – it’s a triple layer of indulgence with vanilla custard, chocolate custard and caramel-mousse custard. The owner also makes a moreish amaretto dessert with a crisp biscuit layer at the bottom and dark chocolate, which is served with a mini wafer cone filled with chocolate ice cream and toffee ice cream.

    Drinks
    Guests can choose from a selection of coffees including Jamaican coffee and West Coast coffee. The wine offers good value for money. Well-known MCCs such as Graham Beck and Villiera will start you off, and there is a selection of good local favourites such as Klein Constantia, Durbanville Hills, Babylonstoren, Pierre Jordan, Warwick Wines etc. Port, sherry and basic beers and ciders are also available.

    Service
    The service is very friendly and professional, from when telephonic reservations are taken until you leave the restaurant. Waiters are well informed and speedy, and the affable owner checks on guests to make sure they’re happy.

    Ambience
    The best views of the beach lend a holiday vibe to proceedings, but Café Orca is quiet and family orientated. There’s a shaded deck, and wooden tables and chairs are paired with old photographs on the walls and a blue-and-white colour palette for a rustic beach-house feel.

    (July 2017)

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User reviews

  • Cafe Orca Awesome anniversary dinner tonight! I Had ( special ) sesame seed crusted seared tuna as starter and an Orca trio with cardinal fish cajun style , my very much better half after sharing my starter changed her order from sicilan line fish to sesame seed crusted seared tuna (special) which was so AWESOME that we order another sesame seed crusted seared tuna - paired this with Diemersdal sav blanc- owner made our night special - thankyou Rico
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Fireplace
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