Something sweet in Hout Bay
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 email@example.com
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.