Given the idyllic coastal setting, seafood is high on the agenda. Starters include deep fried salt and pepper calamari teamed with a spicy Asian style salad and tom yum aioli; wild KZN oysters and generous fishcakes with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Main course highlights run the gauntlet from tequila prawns (in a tequila, lemon and chilli sauce with capsicum and dill, served with basmati rice and a tomato and mint salad) and there are normally three types of fresh fish available including sustainable, farmed kabeljou. There is an undeniable Asian influence – try the slow-roasted pork belly with a red dragon sauce, egg noodles and sautéed Asian vegetables. But the menu also includes a few well-considered pizzas and pastas. All of the beautifully presented dishes are a riot of colour and texture.
The stellar wine list represents a selection of South Africa’s most highly regarded estates. Sauvignon blanc dominates the list and there is a good choice of wines served by the carafe. Happily, the quality wines offer lower mark-ups than one might expect. A smattering of Champagnes, prosecco and Lambrusco lend international representation. There is also a cocktail collection focusing on fresh flavours and contemporary interpretations.
Seamless service is provided by a slew of friendly staff who work well together. They keep popping up and checking in with friendly smiles and a casual air that belies attention to detail and an industrious work ethic.
There is something life affirming about the ocean tantalising the senses – the crash of the waves, smell of the salty air and 180 degree sea views. The restaurant combines serene blue walls and subtle marine accents but it’s the covered wooden deck area that entices. The elegant simplicity of tables bedecked in white linen and wine glasses forms a subtle backdrop to the breath taking views.
There is a delicious banting menu.