We rose bright and early on Sunday morning, not that this is remarkable in any way, when are we not up early with a kid that rises at 6am whether it’s a Tuesday or a (hopefully) lazy Sunday? But last weekend we had another reason to be up, we were taking a drive up the West Coast with some friends and heading to Die Strandloper in Langebaan.
It’s basically a beach braai buffet style setup and it’s all you can eat for R275 (except the crayfish, everyone only gets a half). Everything is either made on the braai or in the wood fired ovens.
The fare is simple but because the ingredients are fresh and everything tastes better over an open fire and when you’re near the ocean (don’t even argue, it’s science!), means the food is amazing, hearty and filling.
Seriously, we didn’t have supper that night because we were so stuffed.
The food is served in courses and first up was the fresh bread straight from the oven, farm butter, homemade jams, mussels and these little fish called bokkoms.
Lunch starts at 12pm and the whole sitting takes between 3 -4 hours. Throughout the afternoon different fish courses were served: braaied snoek, potatoes and sweet potato, fish curry, smoked angel fish and yellow tail, roesterkoek and they ended it off with rooibos tea, moer koffie and koeksisters (the Afrikaaner kind not the Malay kind).
The Munchkin ate nothing aside from a few bites of bread, dried bananas and a couple of koeksisters because he was far more interested in sitting in the freezing water and following the Guitar Uncle everywhere. I think it may have been his first encounter with a guitar and he was enthralled.
In typical Munchkin fashion he followed him to the table next to us, where he proceeded to dance and clap in front of a table full of strangers, stole a koeksister and ambled on back to our table.
The setting is very casual and relaxed (the courses were announced by someone casually strolling by and telling us what was up next) but I don’t think it was the ideal place to take an inquisitive toddler who’s not really into chilling and eating. The Husband and I were tagging in and out to sit and eat, but nonetheless a good time was had!
All the info you need for your visit to Die Strandloper:
Booking is essential: http://www.strandloper.com/bookings.asp
Price: R275 per adult.
Kids over 12 pay full price.
Kids between 5 and 11 are r60 (no crayfish).
Kids under 5 are free.
Click here for their special Christmas and New Year’s Eve menus