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