Some­thing sweet in Hout Bay

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODTHINGS TO DO - WENDYL MARTIN

APTLY named Dunes, this beach-fac­ing cafe restau­rant in Hout Bay is a very sum­mer break­fast spot.

I sug­gest sit­ting in­side if it is windy, to avoid adding crunch to your meal.

I sat down to their break­fast crum­pets re­cently; a sweet morn­ing treat. It was care­fully pre­pared and bal­anced into a neat stack, filled with mas­car­pone cream, cut berries and sug­ary syrup.

I en­joyed it in a child-like fash­ion. I had a hard time stop­ping my­self from cut­ting big por­tions and stuff­ing my face with its yum­mi­ness, as I was with a friend who was try­ing to talk to me.

He even­tu­ally tucked into an eggs Bene­dict with a salmon fill­ing, af­ter it was ini­tially served with a wrong ham fill­ing.

His ver­dict: “It was not some­thing I would send a let­ter to my gran about. I guess this place is not so much about the food as it is about its beach feel.”

And beachy it is. Just across a car park is a sandy beach and in the dis­tance, one can see the Hout Bay har­bour.

The restau­rant is sur­rounded by sand, so ex­pect to get some of it in your shoes.

The cof­fee is supplied by Espresso Con­cepts. I tried two of their Amer­i­canos, which gave me enough of a caf­feine buzz to get me through the rest of the day’s chores.



Quentin Spick­er­nell said Dunes has been there for 12 years.

Although many of their cus­tomers come from the Hout Bay area, he says they’re vis­ited by peo­ple tak­ing Sun­day trips around the penin­sula.

Spick­er­nell said fresh fish and chips is one of the pop­u­lar dishes – the fish comes from the Hout Bay har­bour.

“The style of our food is sum­mery, ca­sual and al fresco,” he says.

Smok­ing ar­eas at Dunes are in the out­side seat­ing area and on their top floor.

A spe­cial to watch out for is their Sun­day break­fast buf­fet which in­cludes bot­tom­less tea, cof­fee, juice, 12 hot dishes, salmon and oys­ters for R100.

And to keep the kids en­ter­tained there is a large play area in the sand. Twit­ter: @Wendyl­martin


COOLER SUM­MER: Hout Bay’s Dunes restau­rant, with it’s high ceil­ings fol­low­ing the roof-line, is a treat for the taste­buds and brings re­lief from the heat.

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