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Cocktails with Penguins…

November 16, 2010

What better to do on a sunny Saturday afternoon than seek out cheap cocktails and a beach! So we headed off down the beautiful east coast of the Cape peninsla, through Muizenberg, Kalk Bay (which is beautiful and definitely needs more culinary inspired explorations), Fish Hoek and eventually into Simons Town.
We stopped near Boulders beach at a restaurant called Seaforth which I have been to before for an evening meal. The restaurant is ideally located on Seaforth beach (right next to Boulders) and both times I have been, we’ve been entertained by a small, local penguin population. The restaurant has a really nice balcony which is open at the sides but has a covered roof so you can enjoy the location in all weathers!

Happy hour at Seaforth restaurant is 5-6 so we took advantage of being half an hour early by having Dom Pedros with Frangelico. Perhaps one of the tastiest things you could have on a warm day! As Hazel put it “it’s a good excuse to have a milkshake when you are not a kid as it’s alcoholic!”. Five pm rolled around so we ordered our half price cocktails (R15 each) including Cosmopolitan, Long Island Ice Tea (with cane!) and Sex on the Beach! All the usual cocktails were there plus some more unusual combinations – with chocolate and such like! We were very sad to see our favourite Mojito missing from the menu but made up for this with having a few extra Cosmos!

Dom Pedro goodness! And the cocktail menu.

We ordered some light snacks this time as we were planning on venturing out for dinner (more on that later) – chips and onion rings – both generous portions and quite nice – its amazing how many places I’ve been to in SA that get chips really wrong! I guess nothing compares to UK chips from a fish and chip shop! The restaurant does have a really good menu though – a nice amount of variety including seafood, traditional African style Potjiekos, burgers, simple pasta dishes and shudder kids food (both times we have been subject to screaming brats at Seaforth unfortunately!). On my last visit I had the pasta funghi, which was very nice – simple creamy pasta sauce with mushrooms, leeks and cheese. A “more than I can eat” portion cost only R48. I seem to remember the boys having the traditional Hake and chips – very nice apparently but I am usually unimpressed compared to the offerings at home so I generally avoid fish and chips. Other Ben had a Karoo game pot, which came in a mini potjie and was delicious – I must have this in future! And Hazel had a tuna salad – fresh grilled tuna was particularly good but due to my fish conscience I don’t think I could enjoy this dish. On a sustainability note, both Ben and I were disappointed to see Marlin and Perlemoen on the menu – both are orange listed under the SASSI guidelines >>SASSI guidelines. I understand this restaurant being by the sea means offering lots of seafood is the accepted norm, however I wish seafood restaurants would lead the way in helping maintain fish for us to enjoy there in the future.

Service was very good at the restaurant with a warm welcome front of house and 2 great waiters who joked with us and were very attentive. We particularly enjoyed watching one lonely penguin fail to get up the stairs underneath the balcony – repeatedly bashing himself against the concrete walls and earning the nickname “Harvey” (Wallbanger) in the process.

I will definitely go back to Seaforth, especially to try out some of the advertised specials including all you can eat ribs for (I think) about R80 and various other special seafood combo offers. Apparently there is also live music on a Saturday so this will definitely be a place to chill out on summers evening.

For visitors on holiday it is probably worth paying the R35 to go over to the Boulders penguin colony and there is also a curio market above the restaurant most of the time.

Seaforth restaurant: 6/10
Go here for: Sundowners, cheap cocktails, good food variety, penguins, after dinner beach walks.
Bad points: Non-sustainable seafood 😦

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