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As you might expect, Simon's Town is not short of places to eat seafood, from fairly upmarket sushi restaurants to more affordable fish and chip joints.
On our most recent visit (March 2012) we had a fish and chip lunch at the Salty Seadog at the Simon's Town harbour, which used to be the fish market in town. It's a pleasant spot, and the food is plenteous, tasty and affordable: as an adult, I would have struggled to finish the kids portion, so bear this in mind when you're ordering.
I often think that the Boulders Beach Cafe is a strong contender for my favourite restaurant in the world. Everything is right about it - from the interesting and delicious food to the ambience to the stunning view from the elevated terrace out across False Bay. Whenever I'm there, I make a point of smugly calling my parents in the (usually grey and weatherbeaten) UK to gloat!
In the winter and bad weather, they light a roaring fire, which makes it a particularly attractive refuge from the elements. We got caught in a squall a couple of years ago, and were drenched to the skin in the couple of hundred metres between the entrance to Boulders Beach and the hotel - I fell even more in love with the place as the staff enveloped us in dry towels as we stepped through the door (probably as much damage control as hospitality on their count, but under the circumstances, who would question the motive!). The image of my bedraggled husband (the only one who hadn't brought a change of clothes to the beach), trying to warm himself by standing in front of the fire, with steam rising from his sodden clothing will live with me for a very long time!
And oh, that view!
Unfortunately, however good the food and however wonderful the location, I sadly cannot so wholeheartedly recommend staying at the Boulders Beach Hotel of which this restaurant is part.
Favorite Dish: The menu is varied with good use of local ingredients, and a predominance of seafood. Although most of the food has recognisable South African origins, there is often a slight Asian twist (I think that the chef has some Australian links?) and they also do excellent breakfasts. There is also a reasonable kiddie's menu and they are pretty tolerant of little people, which is not always a given.
Last time I was here was in March 2012 with Gerald_D, whose wife is particularly fond of this restaurant. I had one of the daily specials which was a pan fried beef fillet crusted with eastern spices, served with a cake of root vegetables. It was quite possibly the best thing that I've eaten all year!
Neptune's is situated inside the harbour and I am not sure if anyone is allowed in as I was invited by a member of the yacht club. The food is great, the view fantastic and the price extremely reasonable.
Favorite Dish: Calamari
DEEP-FRIED CALAMARI R55 Calamari rings dusted with Raja curry powder, then deep fried. Served with garlic mayonnaise, rocket and tomato salsa.
MILD TOM YUM BROTH R50 With prawns, lemongrass and fresh herbs.
CHERMOULA PRAWNS R180, Grilled in olive oil, garlic, chilli and smoked paprika Served on Moroccan aromatic cous-cous
timbale and chermoula sauce. With brunoised tomatoes, cilantro and spring onions.
FRESH LINE FISH- DAILY FROM MICHAEL’S BOAT and todays fish was a Yellowtail
CRÈME BRULEE R45
LEMON AND LIME TART R50, Caramelised lemon and lime tart, served with chocolate sorbet.
Accompanied by a good bottle of South African wine and still water.
The total R655
THE GREAT CHOKKA SALAD, Pan-fried calamari with marinated vegetables, greens plus a wonderful chilli and lime dressing R69,95
KINGKLIP FILLET, South Africa's most famous fish, one grilled with a lemon sauce and one deep-fried with sauce tartare on the side R115
Seafood Tempura R48 (a goujon of line fish & 2 prawns in a tempura batter, served with a citrus mayonnaise)
Cape Malay Chicken Curry R70 (Cape Malay curry served with lemon scented basmati rice, poppadoms and sambals)
Kingklip on the Spit R160 (A Marlin specialty - Wrapped in bacon and grilled on a skewer with a choice of lemon butter, chilli or honey mustard sauce, served with crushed baby potatoes and seasonal vegetables)
Chocolate Crème Brulée R30 (Made with bitter dark Belgium chocolate)
Angels Dark Delight R35 (Baked Belgium chocolate mousse with an orange sorbet)
As a warm-up to the mail we enjoyed a very nice glass of Douglas Green Full Cream Sherry, R12
The meal itself was accompanied by some wonderful wine from the wine list, a Hartenberg Chardonnay (Stellenbosch) Delicate yet complex, this wine has good glass structure with a creamy finish R135
the menu at the Black Marlin
The total, included a bottle of still water, added up to R479.
This place has such a lovely mood: we sat on the terrace at dusk, and into the night, sipping wine, munching, watching penguins on the grass below, and our children on the beach metres away. The fish was fresh and delicious, those that had meat dishes (ribs, steak) enjoyed them, and the children's selection was good.
Penguin Point is a guesthouse & restaurant.
The restaurant is on the first floor (ground floor is a souvenir shop) and has a lovely view over Boulders Beach. Inside and outside eating.
Very friendly staff!
Mind the sign on the parking lot: “Warning! Please look under your vehicles for penguins!”
Favorite Dish: (Lunch)
Me: vegetarian pasta
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc + water
Dessert: no dessert - no coffee
Price: 103 ZAR (excl. tip)
Fabulous location on the coast at Millers Point. During whale watching season (July to November) you may even enjoy your food and see whales.
Favorite Dish: All the seafood is excellent. Very good value for your money and the staff is superb!