Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fish and ships for Sunday lunch

If you haven't yet been to Kalky's on the harbour-side in Kalk Bay, you must visit. It's simple, humble, the tables can be a bit sticky, but Oh, that fresh fish. It has very cheeky, funny staff and it is where most of real SA goes for a seafood treat. We try to take all our visitors there for a visit and they all love it. We finished off the afternoon sipping wine in the lovely gardens of Eagles Nest in Constantia
Kalk Bay is a real fishing harbour, with boats coming and going at all hours of the day and night
Fresh fish are landed and sold on the dock and cleaned and filleted for you. They have assistance in clearing up from the local cormorants
"Oi, old matey, where's my share?"
Just landed were (from the top) a skate, yellowtail, harders (mullet), mackerel and squid
Each 'fleet' has its own coloured paint livery
Rod and line fishing on the dockside is always popular
It can get quite crowded
You will find Kalky's on the right hand side at the end of the dock
Seating inside. You queue to make your choices and pay. The order is numbered and delivered quite quickly to your table
The choices and the very reasonable prices. Crayfish only in season and when available. they also do combos and a huge family platter with Hake, Snoek, Calamari, chips, rolls and a large 2 litre coke for R160, which is what most families come for
Who's got order 146! is bellowed. Lynne's combo of calamari and hake with chips cost R78. This came with sauce tartare and a slice of lemon. You ask for wine glasses and can bring your own wine, but they do have wine and beer for sale as well. There is no corkage charge. Cutlery is plastic and there are condiments on the table: salt, pepper, vinegar and tomato sauce. You can take your own wine glasses and proper cutlery; they wouldn’t mind
The boys had hake and chips at R50 a head
We took a favourite wine, David Finlayson's Honey Shale Hill Chardonnay from Edgebaston in Stellenbosch
Silent scavengers skulk overhead, awaiting opportunity, which often knocks
Our favourite waitress always makes our guests feel special
And there is that special smile, and a lot of amusing banter. She has been doing this for years
Our bill

Dockside entrepreneurs selling sweeties and other local delights like dried sour figs and candy floss
Then we were off to avoid the late afternoon heat in the shade under the trees at Eagle's Nest in Constantia, for a tasting of their wines. It costs R50 per person and we tasted four wines. Brilliant Shiraz and great Sauvignon, but the Viognier has too much wood influence
Lots of families enjoying picnics under the tall pines
The tasting room. It closes at 4.30. Time for a nice drive home on the coast road past Llandudno, Camps Bay and Clifton
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2016

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