This historic cottage (1785) right on the beachfront is beautifully restored, with an outside area tented against the sun and the wind which can spring up here. The views across the seemingly endless Melkbos beach are most appealing as is the indoor outdoor feel of the place. The cute little pub is just the right place for the locals to exchange stories of the day as is the small outside area just outside the pub.

 

Delicious bobotie

Greek calamari with trimmings

The cuisine tends to generous plates of food with great flavours all reasonably priced. Lunch and dinners offer superb vegetarian options (so difficult to find in small country towns) like a Moroccan platter with baba ganoush, hummus, and pita bread.  Try the traditional bobotie with sambals for a brilliant local dish, nice and spicy.  Fish dishes include excellent fish cakes, Cape Malay pickled fish and superb calamari done various ways including a Greek variation featuring fried haloumi cheese and olives, irresistible. Desserts include one of the best malva puddings you will ever eat—rich, moist and sweet. The wine list is well chosen and extensive or try one of the interesting craft beers –perfect with seafood with some treasures lurking.

 

Traditional calamari deep fried

 

So if you want to find out why everyone is flocking there head out of town for some time at the beach. If too many kids bother you ask for a table away from the popular sand pit.

DIE DAMHUIS MELKBOSSTRAND PHONE 021 553 0093