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SeaBreeze Fish & Shell

SeaBreeze Fish & Shell
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Cost
R180 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups
Food
Light meals, Mediterranean, Seafood
Payment
Amex, Diners, Diners Club, Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa, Zapper
Corkage
R60

Critic's review

Jeanne Calitz

SeaBreeze Fish & Shell serves scrumptious seafood in a stylish but relaxed space. A visit here almost feels like taking an – admittedly, very short – seaside holiday.

Best for
A bite when the weather’s sunny – be it with colleagues for a work lunch or a lingering sit-down over the weekend. Start with some oysters and take it from there.

Food
Seafood is the name of the game here, and a very good job they do of it, too. You’ll want to start with some fresh oysters, naked or dressed – and it’s a great opportunity to improve your shellfish education: order a Saldanha and Knysna oyster side by side and compare. They do a popular half-price oyster happy hour twice daily (12-1 and 5-6), which only adds to the appeal. But the starter menu also offers items like hake ceviche, an oyster po’boy, and a tangy little anglefish taco to whet the appetite.

Mains range from accessible items like the (very popular) hake and chips, a couple of seafood curries and a SeaBreeze Caesar salad, to more exotic dishes like whole grilled bream, as well as grilled swordfish with a fresh green herby pesto, new potatoes and broccolini. The dessert selection holds a cheesecake and a chocolate and lemon tart, but if I were you, I’d head straight for the pina colada panna cotta: a dreamy little mould of coconut-flavoured panna cotta is served with a piquant sauce of poached pineapple and, of course, a shocking pink cherry on top. It shouldn’t work – it sounds absurd! – but it does. A light, frothy little pudding to lift the spirits.

Drinks
The wine list offers plenty of variety both in terms of origin and price point and – always a good thing – loads to order by the glass. There’s a good selection of MCC as well, but what makes SeaBreeze unique is its selection of rum. Apart from a whole range of signature rum cocktails, they’ve got quite a selection of different rums, arranged according to country of origin, which makes for interesting reading (who knew France produces rum?) even if it’s not your particular poison.

Service
Relaxed but efficient.

Ambience
Fittingly, the décor has a maritime feel, but not in a cheesy way. The white, blue and light wood accents, combined with the spaciousness of the venue, instantly creates a relaxed atmosphere. The outdoor tables make for some nice people-watching over Bree Street (which is hipster central, after all); you can grab a seat at the white oyster-and-bubbly bar inside, and there’s even a small private room at the back. Plus, a lovely little hidden terrace which would be perfect for sundowners. Overall, use of the space has been very well-designed.

(September 2018)

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User reviews

  • Our experience at Seabreeze was absolutely superb from the moment we walked through the doors and were welcomed so warmly by the host. The team was friendly and offered great service and our waiter was fantastic. The wine selection was wonderful and we were able to order a wine we had never had or heard of and it was so great. The food was out of this world, we enjoyed the unusual dishes on offer and being able to try different types of fish which is a nice change from the usual you would find anywhere else. The ambience and vibe was great. I would highly recommend.
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  • We had a the most amazing fish for dinner. And what more, the oyster and campaign bar is perfect for birthdays or special occasions.
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  • A real delight for seafood lovers! Great lunch spot, but surprisingly, also really buzzing and vibey for the evening. So many delicious options, hard to choose - but I also need to go back to try the classic fish and chips. Top spot!
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  • I have always been a bit bleh about so-called seafood restaurants - the hype of the tourist attractions in the Waterfront does not help my assessment. I mean, what can a specialty seafood restaurant really offer that any Ocean Basket does not already do at least half decently? (That was rhetorical, no comment needed.) Ta-da! Well, hello Seabreeze in Bree Street. You have definitely given me a new perspective… They still have the fish and chips, but damn, it looked good. Crisp, golden and puffed batter encasing fresh hake. I had a fish soup starter which was light but packed with flavour, and a fresh tuna niçoise starter portion. Equally tasty. Wish I could have tried a few other dishes, especially the fish pie which looked great, kept light with a phyllo pastry our waiter explained. Good service, which I always appreciate. Definitely will be back.
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  • Another new gem on Bree street. Something different in terms of seafood. Fresh oysters shucked in front of you either natural or with a tasty topping. The fish pie is comfort food all the way and perfect for a chilly winter lunch or dinner. Who says seafood restaurants are for summer? The Tuna burger is another fantastic main course and not at all what you expect, it is even better! The wine list is short and concise but there is definitely something for everyone with a range of reds, whites and blends. They also serve bubbles by the bottle or glass.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Reservations recommended

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