Food & Drinks

Kloovenburg

Owner Annalene du Toit was honoured as Sanlam’s female entrepreneur of the year 2008/9 for the business she started in her kitchen. In the revamped tasting room you can sample Annalene’s more than 30 delicious products including honey, figs, jams, tapenades, pestos, salsa, salts and of course olives in every shape and form. There is also a gorgeous range of olive oil...

Het Vlock Casteel

Het Vlock Casteel Johan and Ansie Vlok are your hosts – he’s the farmer of olives and fruit, while she is the food scientist and creator of dozens of products on sale. They also make wine and olive oil. Take the time for a tutored tasting. There is also a restaurant with a deck boasting fabulous views, as well as farm tours. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-2pm Sat.

Ed’s Diner

The quirky drawcard here is the fact that the owner Ed Ketel collects old cars, the oldest being a 1933 Austin 7. There are also vintage Fiats, Jaguars and a 1961 Morris Minor. They all run, are available for hire and are for sale on the menu. More edible items include hot dogs, burgers, calamari and steaks. The Sunday roast is popular. Open 8am-10pm Wed, Fri, Sat; 8am-...

Café Felix

Café Felix Café Felix adjoins Old Oak Manor, and is popular for its chalkboard menu of French/Italian-inspired country cuisine. Ease into the day with bacon and scrambled egg under the avocado tree, where you’ll be soothed by the water feature. Open 8.30am-10pm Tue-Sat; 8.30am-5pm Sun, Mon. Main courses R80.

Bar Bar Black Sheep

Bar Bar Black Sheep The shady courtyard with mismatched furniture and bead-and-wire sheep sets the tone for the eclectic Mediterranean/South African menu, which changes with the seasons. Look out for specials like heavenly tempura courgette flowers or the Persian chicken. The wine list provides amusing reading. Open 11.30am-close Wed-Fri; 9.30am-close Sat; 9.30am-4pm Sun. Main courses R85.

Auntie Pasti

At night colourful paper lanterns and candles sup-ply the light as you sit outside and tuck into delicious meze platters made to order. Mix and match your favourites like veal tonnato, beef carpaccio, ricotta fritters, aubergine salad and more, depending on what’s available in the area and in season. If there’s space, move on to robust mains like osso buco or home-made...

Die Winkel op Paternoster (Oep ve Koep)

Welcome to unassuming, charming and authentic foodie heaven. Chef Kobus van der Merwe has taken over the helm at the shabby chic tea garden at the local general dealer. The tiny daily chalkboard menu offers well-priced dishes, made with care and expertise. Try home-made open lasagne with confit tomatoes and ricotta (made by Kobus) or chicken pie with tangy sambals. If...

Voorstrandt

Expect pretty standard fishy fare at this fisherman’s cottage, although some nice surprises like the fillet keep punters happy. One of the best reasons to go is the stoep: it’s right on the beach, so ideal for lazy sundowners. Open 11am-9pm Mon-Fri; 11am-9.30pm Sat, Sun. Main courses R80.

Paternoster Hotel

Paternoster Hotel Get down with the locals at this popular hangout. While the Panty Bar (just look at the ceiling to understand the name) can get suitably raucous, especially on match days, the outside trestle tables do a roaring trade in cheap and cheerful food. Dig in to hearty portions of crowd-pleasers like schnitzels, burgers and fish-cakes, or simply order a large plate of chips to...

Noisy Oyster

A local favourite, the Noisy Oyster lures the crowds with dependably good food and a convivial atmosphere. Dinners are most appealing when the shell-strung garden is lit up with fairy lights and open fires during colder months. The menu is sexy – no starters and mains here. While seafood dishes like crayfish, stumpnose with crushed potatoes or sardine fillets with Parma...

Gaaitjie Salt Water Restaurant

The newest kid on the Paternoster restaurant block, Gaatjie’s position is simply stunning: right on the beach with endless views over the bay – perfect for sitting on the stoep with a bottle (or two) of wine. The small but select menu is interesting, with the likes of snoek lasagne and spice-roasted lamb salad. But expect city prices and be prepared for a long wait for...

Oyster Catcher

Its slightly dreary strip-mall location aside, the Oyster Catcher gives other seafood establishments in Langebaan a serious run for their money. The seafood fare is excellently prepared and served in hearty portions – think catch of the day and grilled calamari. This is one of the only restaurants in the area that offers sushi. Open Season Noon-3pm, 6-10pm Tue-Sun. Winter...

Geelbek

Geelbek Housed in the homestead of the historic Geelbeksfontein farm in the heart of the West Coast National Park, Geelbek continues to impress with unfussy, modern South African country cooking. The deliciously diverse offerings – from bobotie and butternut rotis to ostrich carpaccio and denningvleis – are complemented by an impressive regional wine list. Open 9am-5pm daily....

Froggy’s

‘Fusion’ cuisine might be considered last-season in trendy foodie circles, but the flavours that are fused in Froggy’s tiny kitchen sure pack a flavour punch. Be sure not to miss the fresh Saldanha Bay mussels in a creamy Pernod sauce, or one of the flavourful curry mains served with a selection of tasty home-made sambals. Open Noon-4pm Wed-Sun; 6.30-10pm Tue-Sat....

Die Strandloper Restaurant

Die Strandloper Restaurant Die Strandloper is still one of the most popular open-air restaurants in the area. Its reasons for success are easy to pinpoint – a spectacular location right on the lagoon, a seemingly endless West Coast-style spread with anything from bokkoms to braaivleis, and friendly local staff who complete the authentic experience with uninhibited character. Open Lunch Noon....