It seems somewhat ludicrous that although we live in a ‘fishing’ village, access to fresh fish either means going out and catching it yourself, having a friend who is happy to share his catch or travelling to PE. Surely there must be a market for small portions fresh yellowtail, geelbek, cob or Steenbras or a dozen oysters or fresh mussels?

When Balobi’s Seafood Market was still around they did offer fresh fish but one had to buy the whole fish which was crazy and all the other fish they offered was frozen and mainly brought in from the Western Cape (smoked snoek) or KZN or Mozambique (dorado, swordfish).  Imagine a fresh fish counter at SPAR or at The Butcher Shop where one could buy a couple of cutlets of fresh fish for dinner or some fresh hake, even a red roman or two. There must be a few fishermen who would be prepared to apply for the right licenses and supply the fish merchant or even open a fish shop of his own. The fish shop / counter could of course also stock frozen prawns and a range of the exotic fish available from the tropical waters of KZN and Mozambique.

Oh well I guess we can only dream and in the interim either make friends with a fisherman will to share part of his catch or go fishing one’s self. There is the alternative of eating out at one of our local restaurants and Chokka Block now under new management is fast building a great reputation for some creative fish dishes. Christy’s have opened a new ‘branch’ with the odd name of Lunar Blue where Balobi’s used to operate and before that Loligos and before that …….

But the best place to get a really great plate of fried or grilled hake and chips, rice or salad is at Joe Fish at the Cape St Francis Resort. And if you choose to dine at Joe Fish on a Friday this delightful offering will cost you just R69. And order a ‘Car Park John’ draught beer to accompany your fish and you have an ‘eat out treat’ for a little under R100. Great value.

Joe Fish really has become popular for Sunday lunch now offering a new menu along with live music and of course the kids have the pool to enjoy whilst mom & dad sip on their wine or Car Park John.

And talking of Sunday lunch!  Linky Whatsapped SFT with the news that they are offering their Sunday specialty of ROAST BEEF & YORKSHIRE PUDDING for lunch this Sunday. A really good deal at just R155 but you will need to make a booking.