Clive’s Chokka Block Restaurant

Clive’s Chokka Block – Top Floor, Squid Square, Triton Ave, Port St Francis

Review by Kirsten Doyle

Having recently changed ownership, the Chokka Block remains one of St Francis’ oldest and most well-established restaurants. New owner Clive Canter is attentive, accommodating and friendly, and his  exciting new additions to the menu make a trip here a must. He is clearly passionate about food and his business, discusses his dishes with enthusiasm and is able to recommend a dish to suit every palate.

Chokka Block has a selection of delicious starters, from the old favourite prawn cocktail, to calamari heads and crumbed mushrooms – a selection for meat lovers and a couple of vegetarian options too. For mains, there’s line fish, calamari and suchlike, as well as several mixed grill combos to choose from, ranging from hake and calamari, to prawns and steak, all of which come with salad, rice, chips, veggies or a baked potato.

For the health conscious, the menu features several salads and a vegetarian platter too. All our food was beautifully prepared and perfectly cooked. For dessert, the Chokka Block offers a variety of old favourites, including malva pudding and ice cream with chocolate sauce.

In total, we enjoyed our experience there, and will definitely pop in again.

RATING: 4.5 / 5

ATMOSPHERE: Warm and relaxing with a fireplace for those chilly winter days and nights.

SETTING: Upstairs with beautiful views of the harbour.

SOUND LEVEL: Conversation level –  soft, background music.

CUISINE: Seafood restaurant – bar and grill.

SERVICE: Prompt and friendly without being intrusive.

RECOMMENDED DISHES: The seafood chowder, delicious but very rich – served with home made Portuguese rolls which were to die for. The Mauritian curry, fragrant and delicious. Pretty much anything off the grill, all seafood is fresh, and perfectly cooked – also try the calamari heads or rings.

DRINKS: A full range of soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, as well as hot beverages.

PRICE RANGE: Mid to upper range, around R60 for starters, with mains from R100 to around R150 off the menu.

HOURS: Tuesday to Sunday 11.30 am to  9 pm. Closed on Mondays.

RESERVATIONS: Rather safe than sorry, particularly on weekends and over season.

CREDIT CARDS: All major

WHAT THE RATING MEANS: Ratings range from zero to five out of five and reflect the reviewer’s opinion on the food, ambience and service, with pricing taken into consideration.

View over Port St Francis from Chokka Block Restaurant

 

Integrated Development Plan

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Public meetings to review Integrated Development Plan

The review process of Kouga Municipality’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the 2018/2019 financial year starts this week.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the meetings would be held in all wards. She said this was an important annual exercise as prescribed by Section 28 of the Municipal Systems Act. “The IDP is the principal strategic planning document of the municipality and forms the basis of the municipal budget. “It is, therefore, crucial for our communities to take part actively in ensuring that their needs are prioritised and addressed in an integrated manner,” Van Lingen said.

The meetings will start at Ward 1 at the Oyster Bay Community Hall on Monday, 6 November, and the Sea Vista Community Hall on Tuesday, 7 November. Both meetings will start at 6pm.

On Wednesday, 8 November, it will be the turn of Ward 2 residents, whose meeting will be held at the Pellsrus Community Hall, also starting at 6pm.

The remainder of the programme is as follows:

  • 13 November: Ward 3 at the Newton Hall (6pm)
  • 14 November: Ward 4 at the Baptist Church Hall, Kruisfontein (6pm)
  • 15 November: Ward 5 at the Kruisfontein Civic Centre (6pm)
  • 16 November: Ward 6 at the KwaNomzamo Community Hall (6pm)
  • 20 November: Ward 7 at the Loerie Community Hall (6pm)
  • 21 November: Ward 7 at the Katrien Felix Community Hall (6pm)
  • 22 November: Ward 8 at the Newton Hall (6pm)
  • 23 November: Ward 9 at the Vusumzi Landu Hall (6pm)
  • 27 November: Ward 10 at the Dan Sandi Community Hall (6pm)
  • 28 November: Ward 10 at the Andrieskraal Hall (6pm)
  • 29 November: Ward 11 at the Newton Hall (6pm)
  • 30 November: Ward 12 at the St Francis Bay Village Hall (6pm)
  • 30 November: Ward 12 at the Paradise Beach NG Church Hall (3pm)
  • 4 December: Ward 12 at the Humansdorp Country Club (6pm)
  • 5 December: Ward 13 at the Weston Community Hall (6pm)
  • 6 December: Ward 14 at the Pellsrus Community Hall (6pm)
  • 7 December: Ward 15 at the Humansdorp Country Club (6pm)
  • 11 December: Ward 15 at Ons Tuiste, Humansdorp (3pm)

For enquiries, please contact the municipality’s IDP Manager Colleen Dreyer on 042 200 200 2143 or send an email to cdreyer@kouga.gov.za.

Paradise power interruption

Paradise power interruption on 8 November

The electricity supply to Paradise Beach will be interrupted from 8am to 5pm next Wednesday, 8 November.

Aston Bay will also be affected by the interruption, but only for about 30 minutes in the morning and the afternoon when the power is switched off and back on.
Infrastructure Portfolio Councillor Freddy Campher said the switch-off is necessary for new installation work and planned maintenance.
He reminded all those affected to treat electrical points as live during the down time.
The shutdown is dependent on the weather, with the alternative date having been set for 9 November.

Trivia raises R5000

Quiz night @ the Golf Course.

1st place for the quiz went to Kevin and his team. First place prize was a mixed hamper from Blue Bottle Liquors. The InfoAds Brain Brawl (prize sponsored by Shelley Donaldson) was won by Gill Wooton while the middle quiz was won by the youngest team ~ Chris, Hein and Juan. Their prize is a canal cruise courtesy of Captain Kev: Canal & River Cruises. The quiz was in aid of the Humansdorp SPCA and the entrance fee from the quiz as well as a silent auction raise approx. R5000. Thank you to our marvellous and very generous sponsors, to the Golf Course, Jani Ellis, Frank, Lillian and my team ~ what a wonderful exciting evening was had by all! 😘 PS Kevin Robert Mac Innes is putting the next quiz together. See you all on the first Tuesday in December.