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Gaaitjie Restaurant

Gaaitjie Restaurant
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Cost
R160 avg main meal
Ambience
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Views
Food
Modern, Seafood
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R45

Critic's review

Jeanette Clark

Food
Prior to acquiring Gaaitjie from its previous owner in 2015, Chef Jaco Kruger built his career locally, as well as internationally in Vietnam. His dishes combine local flavours with a variety of international influences. Especially sublime is the starter of bobotie-spiced Angelfish spring rolls, served with a home-made sweet chilli sauce; it leaves just the right lingering tingle. You can pull this theme through into mains by trying the Masala prawns served on saffron basmati rice or venture away from seafood towards the pork belly with teriyaki sauce – served with wasabi mash croquettes. But I beg of you, leave space for dessert. The menu usually offers about five options to conclude your dining experience, but it will still be difficult to choose. A knockout dessert is the chocolate spring rolls.

Drinks
A good selection of wines are on offer at a reasonable mark-up, with some West Coast and Swartland gems to be tried. A couple of local craft beers and a limited selection of other spirits and fortified wines are available.

Service
You are greeted in warm West Coast fashion as soon as you enter the door and are never left wanting throughout your dining experience. Do ask about the most popular dishes and which ones the staff would recommend – they will not lead you astray.

Ambience
The eclectic mix of local and international tourist visitors would all agree that if it is a sun-soaked day a spot on the stoep is the place to be.

Best for…
A leisurely-long dinner (be sure to catch the sunset) during a weekend break-away.

(2018)

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  • Sam Linsell

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    Located right on Paternoster beach and nestled amongst the rocks, this well-known West Coast gem is still pulling in the crowds. With so few restaurants in South Africa positioned right on the beach, this couldn’t be a better location to eat a delicious seafood meal while taking in the spectacular views. You can expect contemporary dishes infused with Asian influencers by chef Jaco Kruger. The focus is on seafood and it's what you should go for, but there are meat and vegetarian dishes on the menu too.

    A tower of homemade bread and farm butter is presented on arrival. Tender salt-and-pepper calamari and fried prawns in kataifi, served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce, are good options to kick off your meal. Other interesting dishes on the menu worth trying are the pan-grilled angelfish on a bed of pesto tagliatelle, and the curried monkfish with salsa and popadums.

    A trio of homemade sorbet is a great way to finish a meal on a hot summer's day.

    Drinks

    A small but good wine list features a few wines from the region,  as well as a few from further afield. The whites have been selected to pair well with seafood.

    Service

    Warm West Coast hospitality from friendly and attentive staff.

    Ambience

    The restaurant is housed in a 70-year-old white washed fisherman’s cottage. The decor is simple and rustic. The location and ambience couldn’t be better suited for a seafood meal

    And...

    Phone in advance. Be sure to book the stoep that faces the beach for the best views and arrive a little early in the evening to catch the sunset. On a cold night, it's advisable to book inside near the fireplace.

    (August 2017)

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User reviews

  • Were we pleased to have discovered Gaaitjie! Great location on the beach. Friendly, obliging staff. Service can’t be faulted. All our food was excellent- snoek salad, beetroot salad, masala prawns and Sea Bass. Food and wine reasonably priced. We will return.
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  • One of the best meals I had. Everything was delicious with amazing views!
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  • Can't fault anything about Gaaitjie, stunning little gem of a restuarant, fantastic food and service. The rosemary bread was outstanding, prawns indescribable and the desert was sublime. Definately will be back
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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