Natalie Becker’s favourite hang­outs

Movie, TV and ra­dio star raves about her faves by the waves: Pepen­ero and the ‘hide­away’ that is Caviar

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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

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