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Sit down for a seafood feast at Ve­spetti Restau­rant in Port Nol­loth.

If you’re any­thing like me, when you drive into a coastal town, the first thing you do is go down to the beach to look at the sea. Then, if it’s around lunchtime, you get a crav­ing for seafood and soft-serve ice cream. This feel­ing is height­ened if you’re trav­el­ling on the West Coast. In Beach Road, Port Nol­loth, the blue-and-white façade of Ve­spetti Restau­rant catches your eye – and the aroma of seafood makes your mouth wa­ter. Choose a ta­ble out­side: You want to see the waves, feel the sea breeze on your skin and hear the cry of the seag­ulls. Just keep an eye on those seag­ulls – one might swoop in to grab a chip from your plate. The name comes from the days when Ve­spetti used to be an Ital­ian restau­rant. There’s still pizza and pasta on the menu, but these days it also fea­tures a rich va­ri­ety of seafood, with the em­pha­sis on “rich”! Choles­terol-boost­ing dishes in­clude a seafood omelette (R65); cala­mari stuffed with mus­sels, gar­lic and cheese (R130); and rump steak stuffed with mus­sels (the car­pet­bag­ger, R135). There are also lighter dishes like scram­bled egg on toast (R26), cala­mari burger (R60), pita and tzatziki (R85), snoek (R100) and prawns (from R160). For those with a sweet tooth, there are waf­fles with ice cream and milk­shakes in 18 dif­fer­ent flavours, in­clud­ing caramel cap­puc­cino, straw­berry cheese­cake, and peanut but­ter and con­densed milk. Park close to the door so you don’t have to wad­dle too far back to your car. Where? Beach Road, next to Sco­tia Inn Ho­tel. Open­ing times: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm. Con­tact: 027 851 7843; “Ve­spetti Port Nol­loth” on Face­book

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