This much-loved fixture of Paternoster’s restaurant scene offers up a wonderfully diverse menu where you’ll be tempted to order one of everything. Start with a platter of the eponymous oysters, served as they should be: simply, with lemon and Tabasco. There’s salsa on the side if you must. The oysters are plucked fresh from nearby Saldanha Bay, as are the mussels, deliciously steamed the classic way with garlic, white wine and a splash of cream.
For mains? You’re by the seaside, so perhaps the roasted fillet of gurnard, or the unusual laksa of crayfish, prawns and linefish. Pricey, but worth it. On a cold evening you may be drawn to the meatier dishes. The terrine of pig’s cheeks is as rough-chopped and rustic as the duck liver parfait is smooth and silky. You’ll also regret not ordering the wild boar sausage served with juniper jus and polenta. The dessert selection is small. Don’t miss the textbook crème brûlée.
A compact and well-priced wine list with both pocket-friendly easy-drinkers and a few pricier options. There is a decent choice of craft beers, as well as a few bubblies to pair with the oysters. Good by-the-glass selection too.
Warm personal service from the small team, for whom nothing’s too much trouble.
Perhaps the most charming restaurant in the village. Who needs a sea view when you have a magical garden of fairy lights, crackling fires and colourful umbrellas? Blankets and cushions cosy up the simple wooden tables.
This may be a sleepy seaside village, but bookings at this popular spot are essential.
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This destination restaurant in the quaint fishing village of Paternoster pulls the regulars and seagulls in and out of season. Graham Howe visits The Noisy Oyster.
Although the focus is on West Coast seafood, carnivores will find meatier fare on the menu, from poultry and pasta to steak. On the fishy side, whet your appetite with raw or poached oysters, billed as West Coast Viagra, snoek fishcakes, flash-fried sardines or pan-fried calamari with piquant paprika, lemon and aioli. After all, the restaurant is close enough to the sea to hear the surf pound the beach on a wild night.
Top-quality ingredients get a gourmet spin in the kitchen, with globetrotting signature dishes like Malaysian laksa (a spicy seafood coconut broth) and oven-baked Cape salmon or whole stumpnose (caught on a hand line) served with crushed potatoes and capers.
Chef knows his sage butter from his beurre noisette, and surprises diners with a gastronomic twist on pairing flavours. The salads are fresh and creative, the portions hearty and wholesome.
Unassuming and consistently good, The Noisy Oyster never fails to surprise, delivering an authentic West Coast dining experience at reasonable prices.
Look forward to a good, well-priced range of wines by the glass and bottle, with tempting cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc from nearby Darling wineries to match the seafood.
Attentive and warm. Blankets are offered to offset the ocean breeze on a chilly evening.
This rustic family-friendly venue is as chilled out as the hammock and beach umbrellas in the courtyard, and as warm as the brightly painted wooden tables and evening lanterns. Chess and trivial pursuits are available on the tables for you to while away the time.
Check out the blackboard for the day’s specials: fresh West Coast line fish, Saldanha mussels and oysters, and whole crayfish as the star in season.
There’s a sensual playfulness to this restaurant, with the starters listed under ‘foreplay’ and mains explained under the heading of – what else? – ‘intercourse’. Add to this the naughty pictures decorating the bathrooms, and you can be assured that this establishment has its tongue firmly in cheek. All the better to taste the food, of course.
To get into the swing of things, we order a plate of juicy local oysters. Plump and fresh, they’re just the thing to pair with a bottle of Warwick Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc. Other temptations include hot smoked mackerel with berry-saffron vinaigrette and terrine of pig’s cheeks with olive and apple chutney.
Seeing as we’re near the beach, there’s a lot of seafood on the menu, but if you’re feeling overfished, they offer spatchcock baby chicken; Chalmar beef sirloin with potato wedges fried in duck fat; and handmade Toulouse sausage with a potato, parsnip and baby turnip purée blanc. There’s also an interesting dish of braised and shredded duck with Asian noodles and toasted nuts. The clear winner of the day, however, is the seafood laksa, a gloriously fragrant marriage of kingklip, mussels and calamari in a spicy coconut broth. It’s the kind of dish that makes you want to lick the bowl for every last, delicious morsel. Despite valiant efforts, we have no room for dessert, but the rest of the meal was climactic in its own right, so no regrets here.
A short but sufficient list features the likes of Spier, Creation and Reyneke across an amiable price range and with most of them available by the glass. If you’re in need of something virginal, ask about their interesting cordials – the ginger version being a special treat.
Service is spot on; it’s welcoming and quick off the mark. The pacing between courses is just right.
Take your seat on the outside terrace with its friendly vibe. Greenery and bright lanterns, coupled with brightly painted wooden benches adorned with comfy cushions, make for a pleasantly relaxed experience.
They sure know how to whet the appetite. Next time I’m having the oysters poached in cream of artichoke with MCC-and-black-pepper crème fraîche. It’s listed with the starters under ‘foreplay’, but should perhaps be moved to a category of its own, labelled ‘the big bang’.
Wonderful food, service and venue - always a great experience, although a few fans would have gone a far way to relieve the heatwave.
This is my favourite spot in Paternoster. Seating in the garden in summer or winter is just a pleasure. You feel immediately relaxed when you enter this eerie like outside area. The team working is fun, dedicated, knowledgeable and you are in for a super meal. Trivial Pursuit cards on the tables are always a fun way to wait for your dishes too!
My favourite is the catch of the day as I get to eat fish I can never find in Stellenbosch!
Thee place for the best combination of great food, wonderful vibe and a service to match with a special quirky twist.
Wow! What a surprise! Coming from out of town, we didn't know what to expect other than getting a quick bite to eat. The service was attentive, prompt and knowledgeable. The food was simply outstanding! The fish cakes, the stump nose fish and not to mention the oysters are winners in our books. I would recommend all that are thinking about this restaurant.