Natalie Becker’s favourite hangouts
Movie, TV and radio star raves about her faves by the waves: Pepenero and the ‘hideaway’ that is Caviar
LAST Sunday at La Vie in Sea Point, someone leaned over and whispered: “Who is that gorgeous woman? She looks like a movie star.”
Actually, she is. Natalie Becker is also a star on television, radio and in life itself, with a beauty that transcends the merely physical.
She presents and produces the 7pm to 10pm slot called Cape Town After Dark on Good Hope FM, the radio station with one of the highest listenerships in the Western Cape.
In the past two years, Becker has been in four international movies alongside A-Listers like John Malkovich, William H Macy and Meg Ryan. For her role in The World Unseen, released here earlier this year, Becker won a Safta (South African Film And Television Award) for best supporting actress.
She’s presented several television programmes, the most recent being the Tropika Island of Treasure reality show currently on e.tv, with co-host DJ Fresh.
When we rang up Pepenero (Beach Road, Mouille Point) to tell them Becker had selected it as one of her favourite places, the manager replied: “Oh, yes, Natalie comes here often.”
It’s the restaurant’s lounge in particular that gets Becker’s approval.
“It’s the perfect little winter hideaway where you can enjoy a smooth single malt or martini on the comfy couches and listen to some tunes,” she says.
“Then, if the mood takes you and you’re feeling a bit peckish, you can mosey on over to the restaurant section and enjoy some of their delicious cuisine. I enjoy the outside section of Pepenero in summer for its laid-back ambience and sea views, though things can get a bit gritty when the wind howls.”
No one is immune to the infamous south-easter.
Becker cites Pepenero’s value for money food specials as an attraction. Another place she raves about is Caviar (V&A Waterfront).
“The tiny little hideaway that is Caviar is one of Cape Town’s bestkept secrets where you can pick up some delicious freshly made sushi as well as a variety of salads, sarmies and juices for really great prices,” says Becker.
FOOD FAN: Natalie Becker