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.


College News

St Francis College Swimmers Making a Splash!

History was made when St Francis College was invited to participate in the Independent Schools Gala for the first time on February 20th. The event was hosted by Woodridge Prep and participating schools included Woodridge, Kingswood Prep, St Andrew’s/DSG, St George’s Prep and St Francis College.

Our swimmers really made us proud at this event. In the 54 races, 34 individual and 20 relay, College swimmers obtained 27 top three places including 8 first, 4 seconds and 15 thirds.

The five pupils who obtained first places were, from left, Ethan Darke, Vaclav Horak, Micaella White, Rory Dace and Ryan Marais.

St Francis College students excelling in the classroom and on the sportsfield



Eight of St Francis College’s top readers attended the annual Kid’s Lit Quiz competition at St George’s Prep on 19 February and for the third year in a row one of our College teams was placed in the top ten! Twenty teams were entered representing twelve schools. Congratulations go to Ella Boonzaier, Eva Hurley, Emily Cownie and Daniel May whose team was placed seventh over all.

Ella Boonzaier and Daniel May

Eva Hurley and Emily Cownie


Several of St Francis College’s cricketers have been chosen for the Kouga Cricket Performance Centre team this year.

Players are selected from schools in the Kouga region (Stulting, JBay Primary, Victory Christian School, Pharos, amongst others). Seen here – Back row : Alexander Moolman (U13), James Beckley (U13) and Mr Ralton Fortuin (U13 coach). Middle Row : Jac Duval (U10), Nicholas Niven (U10), Troy Kennedy (U10), Connor von der Marwitz (U11) and Gian Moolman (U11). Front Row : Rylan Jarvis (U10) and Christopher Cownie (U10). Well done boys!