Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paternoster and lunch at Skatkis

On our way to a long Easter weekend at Britannia Bay we side-tracked to Paternoster to pick up some crayfish we had ordered and decided to have something for lunch while we were there. Lynne had done all the research for Britannia Bay, but not for Paternoster and where we ended up was surprisingly good

We started with a call to Oep ve Koep, but they only seem to have a couple of tables - we were told it was a set menu and it was fully booked
After collecting two crayfish from our contact and paying rather over the odds at R140 for two live kreef, we went to their recommendation for a simple fish or calamari lunch, Skatkis on St Augustine Road. There were lots of very young vendors on the street selling crayfish; were they undersized, were they legal, were they fresh, were they alive? Too risky for us. With prices as low as R10 each we wonder, but it was certainly fulfilling a demand

The outside could do with a revamp but it is easy to find
Skatkis (Treasure box) has a superb view, outside tables and a lawn
A fairly Greek theme of blue and white inside
And everyone, including us, chose a table on the terrace for the great view. With an exciting new chef and a little modernisation, this venue could become the best restaurant in Paternoster because of its location
And there is plenty of parking outside. Look at that view down the bay! Paternoster has kept its Cape seaside cottage style and all the buildings have to be painted white and fit into other design criteria which makes it so charming
Crisp calamari and a salad for Lynne with a glass of house Sauvignon Blanc from Groenekloof
Who wouldn't want to spend a lunch hour here?
John had fresh braaied snoek with a baked sweet potato (not his favourite but better for his waistline than chips) and a separate salad
People enjoying the lovely late summer weather on the beach
Something new. These jam jar drinks seemed very popular. We were not willing to go there, too sweet and not on the diet
The view from the car park and off we went to Britannia Bay, the quick way, over the 13 km dirt road rather than the long way round via Vredenburg which is about 54 km
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2013

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