Imagining Kalk Bay without Olympia Café is virtually impossible. Wildly popular with locals, it is the place to go to soak up the super laid-back style that is part of this neck of the woods. While it is basically a bakery, with great breads, pastries and cakes, it is also the home of down-to-earth food, often influenced by the sea — obviously.
The menu itself is in a constant state of flux, but things to expect are fabulous mussels in a rich creamy garlic and wine sauce; heavenly cold gazpacho, perfect for a hot summer day; penne with mushroom sauce; a hearty steak roll Portuguese-style; and a light mango, feta and pecan salad. Roast teriyaki-style pork loin with buttered mash and broccoli is more stick-to-the-ribs stuff. Check out the blackboard for daily specials.
Breakfasts are the holy hour here with superb croissants with various fillings, frittatas, and some of the best coffee this side of the bay.
A small selection of various wines to suit most tastes and pockets. Remember this is Kalk Bay – don’t get precious.
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This is the ultimate in cool, with no pretension or glamour. It’s situated right on the main road so be careful crossing over to walk off lunch by the sea.
Pop in at their bakery around the corner and get a load of goodies to take home.
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Olympia Café is an iconic Kalk Bay restaurant that has remained extremely popular since it first opened over 20 years ago. It’s a super casual eatery that dishes up delicious, robust and fresh meals from their daily blackboard menu. In summer you can expect gourmet salads and in winter hearty soups like tomato and lentil or lamb and vegetable. Fresh locally caught mussels are a popular item on their menu and are cooked with white wine, cream and garlic. They can be ordered in starter or main course sizes.
Only the freshest fish is used, and their line fish is served on buttery mash with a salad. Their linguini di mare is one of the their signature dishes and is so popular they can't take it off the menu. Nor should they, because it is sublime and highly recommended. The tomato sauce base for this recipe is slowly roasted in the oven, giving it a very intense and umami taste. Thick chunks of linefish, fresh mussels and prawns complete the dish. Fresh home-made ciabatta is served with every meal from their bakery next door. Breakfasts are equally popular, with the croissant taking centre stage on their menu.
They have a small very reasonably priced selection of wines and do great freshly squeezed juices. For the more health conscious they offer a daily smoothie and serve kombucha. The coffee is from Truth and their tea selection robust.
Service is hurried but generally very good given they are often busy. The staff are always friendly with loads of personality.
The décor is rustic and casual; quintessentially Kalk Bay in feel. The vibe is often busy and chaotic but it’s always cosy and comfortable.
In the afternoons between lunch and dinner service they offer a pared down blackboard menu, so you are able to eat there at any time of the day. It’s worth popping into their bakery down the road to pick up something delicious to take home.
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