West Coast Seafood Indulgence: 5 foodie spots to enjoy

2017-03-04 10:28
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The West Coast of South Africa is well-known for its quaint coastal living and succulent seafood - however as certain species face over-fishing, there are a number of options that are as tasty as they are sustainable.  

So why the focus on sustainable? 

The West Coast rock lobster or kreef as it is locally known is  now critically endangered.

South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) states there is less than 2% of the WCRL remaining, which is a huge concern to all. 

Since 20 February 2017, restaurants, stores and other authorities that would like to identify with WWF-SASSI, will no longer be able to serve or sell West Coast Rock Lobster. 

Added to this conservation standpoint, the Lambert's Bay Kreeffees organisers have done the right thing by cancelling the iconic West Coast Lamberts Bay Kreeffees, which was due to take place between 17 to 19 March this year. 

SEE: Lambert's Bay cancels West Coast Kreef Festival as species listed 'Endangered'

But while there might be a limit on your Kreef consumption, you can still enjoy some of the sumptuous seafood treats of the area. A good place to start would be through the new West Coast Wild Route, which includes two off- the-beaten-track tracks - the Sustainable Seafood Track as well as the People Rocking Nature Track.

'Unforgettable West Coast - fun and free road trips'

As part of the West Coast Way, made up of five road-trip routes in total, it begins only 25 minutes from Cape Town on the R27 and N7 National Road and showcases the top things to do and see in this type of "mega nature park offering unspoiled and authentic experiences".

The other routes include the heritage-inspired Culture Route, the sensational Foodie Route, the Swartland Scenic Route and the beautiful Berg Route - See more details here.

But let's get you moving on and on to your West Coast tasting. Here are five West Coast Way spots to enjoy on your next Sustainable Seafood track road trip. 

1. Wit Mossel Pot - Eland's Bay

Located a mere 200km from Cape Town up the West Coast, Eland's bay is considered to be the perfect quick weekend breakaway spot. Not just a surfing's paradise, here you will find the Wit Mossel Pot. There seafood platter comes highly recommended, with their fresh mussel soup or white mussel pot living up to its Afrikaans name. Come hungry or have some deliciously fresh fish and chips to go.

Contact: Phone: 082 496 8931 or  Wit Mossel Pot - Facebook

ALSO SEE: Take a Southern Surfari

2. Muisbosskerm - Lambert's Bay

Lambert's Bay is not only famous for its Kreef festival, but its Bird Island has formed part of a big tourism regeneration in this Weskus community.

A good spot to load up on homemade deliciousness along with a cup of rooibos, is Muisbosskerm. Resting almost on the beach, this outdoor restaurant serves fish fresh from the ocean however you like it - we suggest grilled. Enjoy with some potato yeast bread baked in a clay oven,  pack in some pickled herring or savour the paella.

They offer some traditional venison dishes for those not in the mood for seafood too.  

Contact:  +27 (0)22 451 2206 | strandkombuis.co.za

3. Die Strandkombuis - Yzerfontein

This small harbour town is just up the R27, some 90 km north of Cape Town, with its Dutch or Afrikaans meaning "Iron Fountain".  

A mainstay on this now trendy stretch of West Coast is the open-air restaurant that prides itself in the freshest of seafood made on open fires. Served in 3 courses which include chunky seafood soup, main course of grilled yellowtail, freshly picked mussels, as well as decadently sweet koeksister washed down with strong coffee  - you couldn't ask for a more sumptuous and authentic meal to enjoy along with a magical sunset view.

Contact:  +27 (0)22 451 2206 | strandkombuis.co.za

4. Die Strandloper - Langebaan

Langebaan is not only home to the popular Mykonos Resort, but also this rather famous open-air, laid back restaurant. Dining at the water’s edge of Langebaan Lagoon will included the best of West Coast seafood cooked on open coals, with multiple courses lasting several hours.  Expect paella potjie, angel fish, snoek, grilled haarders, fresh mussels and waterblommertjie bredie.

Contact:  +27 (0)22 772 2490 | www.strandloper.com

5. Slipway Waterfront Restaurant - Saldanha Bay

While Saldanha is largely seen as a fishing industry town with its harbour, its Slipway restaurant is a lovely day-trip away from Langebaan, whether you drive there or hop on a 40-min catamaran. Pop in for breakfast or lunch, and they also have a special menu for the little ones. 

Contact:  +27 (0)22 714-4235

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