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.
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.
Warm West Coast hospitality from friendly and attentive staff.
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
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.
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While the views and beachfront setting is what draws many diners to Gaaitjie, the food from chef Jaco Kruger certainly doesn’t disappoint. As you’d expect, the focus here is firmly on fresh seafood, married with contemporary and Asian influences. Expect the likes of succulent West Coast rock lobster served simply with garlic and butter, or perhaps crispy salt-and-pepper squid. The snoek salad is another sure-fire dish, as is the sesame-crusted tuna perfectly seared to pink. The plating is simple and without pretension, focusing instead on good-quality ingredients cooked well. Meat-lovers aren’t left out in the cold either, with the likes of springbok carpaccio, beef fillet and slow-cooked lamb shoulder making an appearance.
There's a small selection of well-priced wines focused on West Coast producers. Good choice of whites, to suit the seafood.
Friendly and efficient service, even when the restaurant is fully booked.
A comfortable blend of rustic cottage and charming seaside bolthole. The views from the terrace tables are superb and worth phoning ahead for.
Arrive early for a sundowner with a sea view from the cosy cocktail tables above the beach.
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