Harbour House: A place to celebrate

2011-01-14 13:58

We came across ­Harbour House on a trip to

Kalk Bay ­during one of our house-hunting weekends. It was one of those typical

­August Cape days where the weather alternated from sunshine to storm to rain,

and back to sunshine again. As soon-to-be residents, it was a good lesson in the

importance of keeping waterproof jackets at hand ­irrespective of the blue


Harbour House, situated on the Kalk Bay harbour, has the most

spectacular position right on the sea with floor-to-ceiling windows.

It must be one of the best places in Cape Town to watch the force

of nature across the sea.

As we sat sipping on our chilled Pinot Noir, the shimmering sea

suddenly turned frothy and white and the sun disappeared as the wind hammered on

the windows and, just as suddenly, the rain ­pelted down. “Ah the third cold

front today,” a patron at the table next to us quipped. Indeed, ­welcome to Cape


Harbour House is upmarket, the kind of place you go to when you

want something special and the ­kids are still back home in Jozi.

If we had the children with us we would probably have opted for

basic fish and chips at Luckyfish & Chips, a takeaway downstairs at the

harbour where you can watch rather fat seals tumbling in the water, waiting for

the fishermen to come and feed them as part of the sideshow.

In the winter months, you can watch the humpback and southern right

whales which come to the bay to calf – unfortunately we were not so lucky.

There is also Live Bait: a good, basic, seafood restaurant, or The

Polana, a tapas bar. Kalky’s, off to the left, is a basic fish and chips shop.

If you fancy cooking your own fish, at 10am each day the fishermen come in with

their fresh catches and you can pick up snoek, red snapper or yellow fin tuna

right off the boat.

But we were celebrating, having found the perfect home to rent and

schools for our children. Our move to Cape Town was now steaming ahead and we

celebrated in true Cape style.

I ordered my absolute favourite meal in the world – mussels steamed

in white wine. Fresh and delicious! This was followed by my second most

favourite food – ­gnocchi. They serve a superb ­potato and parmesan gnocchi

­garnished with roasted butternut.

My other half opted for the fish of the day – apparently their fish

is caught exclusively for them by their own fishing boat so it’s as fresh as

possible. Unfortunately, our stomachs were just not big enough for dessert but

next time it will be a toss-up between a dark chocolate terrine or the classic

crème brulee.

Harbour House is pricey but worth it (mains at over R150 or simply

SQ and starters around R75). Definitely one to return to for a special


»? Visit Harbourhouse.co.za

or 0?021?788?4133 to book

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