Our roving Foodie – Kirsten visits Quaysyde

Quaysyde –  Sea Glades Drive Bridge, St Francis Bay

Kirsten Doyle

Kirsten Doyle

Out of all the restaurants in St Francis, Quaysyde has one of the nicest situations. It is very spacious, and right on the canals, so being there immediately makes me feel like I am on holiday. It’s fantastic to chill on the beanbags on the lower level, or enjoy a meal above at a table. There is plenty of running around space for kids too.

They also run amazing specials. Think all you can eat ribs (and they are delicious) for R125, or all you can eat prawns and ribs for R145. Two for one burgers on a Monday, and the same for pizzas on a Tuesday. Happy hour from Wednesday offers a two for one between 5pm and 6pm. There are also plenty of really good specials on the weekends – which are usually really fun and festive.

The food isn’t fancy, but good. I love the pizzas with their thin, crispy bases, and Quaysyde makes probably the best vegetarian pizza I’ve ever had. The others are fantastic too. There are a range of nibbles – the haloumi and bacon rolls are amazing, and the chicken livers pretty good too. The burgers are nice and juicy and the fish is delicious.

For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll find the old favourites – ice cream and chocolate sauce, malva pudding, apple pie and Don Pedros.

The service is excellent. The staff are welcoming and friendly, and the place appears to run like a well-oiled machine.

RATING: 4.3 / 5

ATMOSPHERE: Lovely and relaxing, great fun when there’s a band on the weekend. There’s also many sporting events that happen from Quaysyde, which gives the place a nice bustle.
SOUND LEVEL: Conversation level, no loud music, except when there’s a band.
RECOMMENDED DISHES: The pizzas and ribs are my go-to choices.
DRINKS: They offer the expected range of soft drinks, including milkshake and floats, as well as a full range alcoholic beverages. The only thing missing – and I can’t think of a better setting to offer these – is cocktails.
PRICE RANGE: Very reasonable, R50 to R75 for breakfasts, R70 to R110 for main meals, and the portions are more than generous.

HOURS: Open daily from 8am to 10pm.
RESERVATIONS: Unnecessary for small groups, but be sure to book in advance for weekend specials, and definitely in season.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: Ratings range from zero to five stars and reflect the reviewer’s opinion on the food, ambience and service, with pricing taken into consideration.

NOTE: This review was witten a month ago so specials may have changed.


St Francis Brewing Company

Our roving Foodie – Kirsten visits St Francis Brewing Co

Kirsten Doyle

Kirsten Doyle

The St Francis Brewing Company is definitely one of the nicest venues in town. A nice inside section, as well as a spacious outside area, make it an ideal place for both winter and summer.

They have an excellent range of craft beers, gins, brandy and ciders, as well as the expected wines and other spirits.The menu is smallish, and these days quite slanted towards Mexican cuisine, which is not my favourite, but the food was fresh and delicious. I do miss the old menu though, that had favourites such as bangers and mash.

One thing I have noticed consistently, is that many of the drinks are not always in stock. On my last visit, the first three drinks I requested weren’t available. The waitress then mentioned that they had a peach cider, which sounded delicious, but when it arrived, turned out to be a peach beer. I’m not a beer fan, but having said that, the beer was pretty good.

Now to the food. I had the ‘pulled pork sammich’, one of our party had the chicken, and the others had chimichangas and burgers. We all enjoyed our food, my only criticism was the skin on the chicken wasn’t crispy – nobody likes ‘flabby’ chicken skin.

I’ve noticed they are doing a few specials, pies, Sunday roasts, and beef shin – all of which look mouthwatering, so I’ll definitely be back to try.

The service for me is a bit hit and miss. Sometimes it’s spot on. There have also been times where one poor waitress is running around trying to get to all the tables, and times where far too many wait staff seem to be hanging around without much to do. Then again, I understand it’s hard to gauge how busy they might be, particularly off season.

English Pub Specials… Beef shin cooked in Stout served with mash… Pork Pie served with rocket & apple salad… Yummmm

RATING: 4.3 / 5

ATMOSPHERE: Festive, comfortable and fun.
SOUND LEVEL: Conversation level background music on most evenings, the occasional band plays there too.
RECOMMENDED: The beer tasting is a must for beer lovers, as are the craft gins. For food, the quality is consistent across the menu, so no standouts for me.
DRINKS: A range of craft beers, ciders, gins, as well as the other alcoholic beverages. Soft drinks, coffee, tea and milkshakes are available too.
PRICE RANGE: Very reasonable, in the R80 to R100 range for meals, with generous portions.
HOURS: Off season, open every day except Tuesdays, from 12pm till around 10pm.
RESERVATIONS: Definitely in season.
CREDIT CARDS: All major.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: Ratings range from zero to five stars and reflect the reviewer’s opinion on the food, ambience and service, with pricing taken into consideration.

Roots Gardens St Francis

Salubri Food

There’s A New Food Truck In Town

Salubri By The Sea  is a healthy and environmentally-conscious food truck operating at Cape St Francis, by the Seal Point Boulevard Car Park writes guest writer, Craig Jarvis.

Salubri Food TruckOwned and operated by Cody Futeran and Alexandra Singer, their offering is a healthy and organic menu of home-made meals and snacks, including green salads, grilled chicken and pesto wraps or ciabatta sandwiches, and grilled sirloin chimichurri wraps or ciabatta sandwiches. They also have daily specials.

They have healthy and delicious snacks on the side such as fruit kebabs, banana bread, granola yoghurt and fruit breakfast snacks as well as their delicious strawberry smoothies.

Fresh produce with all their packaging entirely compostable and bio-degradable, from their straws to their cups, Salubri has opted for the healthy and sustainable route for their enterprise, and it has already taken off.

A few good days of trading under the belt and they have a steady stream of customers, lining up for their early morning coffee, post surf meals or healthy snacks for the kids. It seems that the healthy option is paying dividends.

Alex prepares home-made iced tea for the hot days, and this has proven to be popular, and they have benches and tables set up for the customers to relax on while enjoying their food and watching the guys surf.

Situated alongside Surf Camp South Africa, on the beach, there is a natural spill-over of hungry surfers and would-be  surfers, burning up their energy in the sometimes chilly waters of the Seal Point beach break.

Before receiving Craigs article I dropped in a t Salbri’s for a chat with Cody and Ally and I must say if you bottle enthusiasm, I would bottle Cody’s enthusiasm and make a fortune. But food is all in the taste and presentation and whhilst enthusiasm my sell it it the test is in the taste and all I can say is WOW. I sample the Angus Beef Sirloin Chimichurri and the Free Range Chicken breast with atantalising pesto and yes WOW! The beef all but melted in my mouth and the chicken, well anyone who can mass cater chicken breasts and keep them moist and succulent, knows what they are doing.  To wash it all down I had an apple and cinnamon iced tea served in a plastic cup that is FULLY BIO-DEGRADABLE.
In the words of the Arnold – I will be back!
All details including menus and phone numbers can be found on their facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Salubribythesea/
More about Cody and Ally and their backgrounds here – https://www.facebook.com/notes/salubri-by-the-sea/salubri-by-the-sea/206813259886854/
Definition of salubrious. : favorable to or promoting health or well-being. 

Cody and Ally ready to serve their delicious, healthy fare

Dune Ridge Wine Festival

Don’t miss the first Dune Ridge Wine Festival this Saturday

This Saturday, the 25th November, will see the first Dune Ridge Wine Festival being held – a wonderful day out for friends and family that promises to be the event of the season.

Tickets for the event, being held in aid of St Francis Animal Rescue, and hosted by Dune Ridge Country House, will cost R180 entrance for adults, which includes a wine tasting, and R40 for under 18s and children, which includes popcorn and juice.

To avoid disappointment, buying tickets in advance is advisable, and this can be done at Toffee and Kouga Print in the village, as well as at Dune Ridge and directly from Kym Argo. There will also be tickets on sale at the door.

Organisers Kym Argo and Sarah Swanepoel have brought some exciting wine estates on board, including Antonij Rupert, Gabrielskloof, Blaauwklippen and Rhebokskloof. For gin lovers, Tripple Three and Fitch & Leeds Gin Bar, will offer tastings during the afternoon.

Dune Ridge will also have a selection of delicious picnic platters available, a cheese option and a gourmet option, for R80 and R100 respectively. Popcorn and juice will also be available for sale on the day.

Kym and Sarah say this event is the ideal way to kick off the festive season, and get in the holiday mood. “A glass of wine, a craft G&T, a runny brie, some live music, and relaxing with family and friends on the lawn – what’s not to love?”

Saturday’s event will be the first in series of festivals and events, Kym and Sarah have exciting plans in place for a magnificent winter event.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to a cause close to many residents’ hearts – St Francis Animal Rescue. “This will ensure that our four-legged friends have a happy Christmas and New Year too,” they add.

Susan Rae Fox, who head’s up St Francis Animal Rescue, says: “St Francis Animal Rescue has been very active in terms of fund-raising this year and we are so thankful for the generous support we’ve received from all  animal lovers who help us improve the quality of lives of dogs and cats living in the community of Sea Vista.”

She says that all funds raised from the festival, as with all donations the organisation receives, will be used to drive its ‘Open Your Eyes & Sterilise’ campaign, which aims to spay and neuter Sea Vista pets to reduce puppy and kitten populations, and prevent the cruelty and neglect that often stems from overbreeding.

“This year, thanks to the kindness of friends and followers, we’ve been able to sterilise 179 Sea Vista cats and dogs, working together with dedicated local vets – Dr Nerine Botha from Aloe Vet and Dr Annelise Barker from Humansdorp Vets.  As awareness of our programme grows, so do the numbers of animal we are able to sterilise.”

“We couldn’t do any of this without the help of St Francis residents – and we are grateful to everyone for believing in us and what we do,” concludes Susan.

Article by Kirsten Doyle

The Pedal & Spoke Cafe

The Pedal & Spoke Cafe – 167 St Francis Drive, St Francis Bay

Restaurant review bu Kirsten Doyle

The Pedal & Spoke Cafe has to be one of my favourite places to eat, not only in St Francis, but anywhere in the world. The food is imaginative, fresh and delicious, with lovely twists in the dishes, such as truffle oil on the chips. They have a range of delicious breakfasts including omelettes, eggs benedict, oats and croissants. For lunch, they offer a selection of delicious sandwiches, and salads that are also available as wraps. A few, well chosen mains include fish tacos, curry and a few burgers, all perfectly cooked, and accompanied by either chips or a house salad. For those with a sweet tooth, the cafe offers a variety of yummy cakes, as well  as pancakes and scones – all really delicious. They don’t sell alcohol, so bring your own – they provide ice buckets, ice and and lemon if required.

All in all, I cannot recommend this little gem highly enough. Owners Dave and Karen have done an amazing job.

RATING: *****

ATMOSPHERE: Warm, cosy and friendly.
SOUND LEVEL: Conversation level, no loud music.

RECOMMENDED DISHES: Fish tacos – be warned though, they are addictive. The Pedal & Spoke  burger – a really delicious combination of flavours, perfectly cooked. The fries – done with a lashing of truffle oil and thyme – truly delicious. The house salad – with pine nuts and parmesan shavings – simple but one of my favourites. The cakes – you can’t go wrong with any of them, but the house special is worth getting fat for.

DRINKS: A range of soft drinks and beverages. They don’t have a liquor licence, so be sure to bring your own.

PRICE RANGE: Very reasonable, R40 to R80 for breakfasts, R60 to R100 for lunch, with generous portions.

HOURS: Tuesday to Sunday 8am to 4pm. Closed on Mondays.

RESERVATIONS: Generally unnecessary for small groups, but be sure to come early in season as no bookings during that time.

CREDIT CARDS: All major.

WHAT THE STARS MEAN: Ratings range from zero to five stars and reflect the reviewer’s opinion on the food, ambience and service, with pricing taken into consideration.


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.


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