May 07, 2013
Lunch at Live Bait in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
I don't often experience the sensual seafood tastes of a restaurant in Cape Town, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to review the impressive menu at Live Bait in Kalk Bay on Saturday 27 April, 2013.
With its spectacular views of Kalk Bay Harbour (one of its walls is actually the breakwater of the harbour) and the Atlantic Ocean, this seaside eatery is the perfect lunch spot. Patrons lucky enough to get a table at the floor-to-ceiling windows facing the ocean will spot a seal or two frolicking in the waves.
A part of the Harbour House Group, Live Bait has been running for 13 years and will now introduce a winter menu, from May to August 2013, which changes on a monthly basis.
Spoilt for choice between skillfully prepared sushi and fresh oysters for starters, my partner and I took both!
This month’s must-buy special is without a doubt the Seafood Selection for two. At just R320 this smorgasbord of marine cuisine, loaded with softly-cooked crayfish, prawns, mussels, calamari tubes and the special fish of the day (on the day we were there, it was angelfish), is well worth the price.
A wine list worthy of any connoisseur’s scrutiny, featuring the likes of Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc and Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir, is a wonderful accompaniment to the mouth-watering menu.
No meal at Live Bait is complete without dessert, so do not leave without trying the superb and decadent dark chocolate terrine (layers of dark chocolate mousse, meringue and soft almond biscuit, served with fudge sauce).
I like to test what restaurants do with what we plebs would consider the mundane vanilla ice-cream and hot chocolate sauce offering and thankfully, Live Bait knows a thing or two about how to impress their patrons … simply put, presentation is everything, darling!
I chatted to Desiree van der Merwe, manager of Live Bait, to discover what’s on offer at this fine establishment and just why she loves Cape Town:
Live Bait in Kalk Bay is open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Sunday from 12h00 to 22h00. For more information, please visit www.harbourhouse.co.za/livebait or call +27 (0)21 788 5755.