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.