Notes From The Editor – The Rise Of Restaurants In St Francis Bay

Notes From The Editor – The Rise Of Restaurants In St Francis Bay

The Rise Of Restaurants In St Francis Bay

St Francis Bay has always been a place of great food. However, when we first arrived here, there were few places to go for a bite to eat. Who remembers Barrons, Bucatinis, the Mexican Restaurant in Cape St Francis, and the old cafe at the Seal Point lighthouse? Getafix, Olive Tree Junction, Indigo Moon, Masters at St Francis and 6312 Restaurant St Francis, and Rock Lilly, to name a few.

These days the restaurant trade is flourishing. Some of the old restaurants have closed down, and some have been bought and sold. However, many are still prospering and keeping it real with all their specials and discounts.

Over the last few months, we have seen a steady increase in St Francis Bay area restaurants. Many of these have been doing great already before the holiday season is upon us. Without wishing to detract from our regular restaurants in any way, some of the new establishments are quite wonderful. They have most definitely added value to our little village.

We would like to list all restaurants in St Francis Bay.

However, before we put up such a list of restaurants, we would like to appeal to all restaurant owners to contact us. You can mail us at with your restaurant name, location, style of food, opening hours, contact details, and a few of your best-selling items. If you have any images of the location/staff or the food, all the better.

If you’re only open for breakfast, that’s fine. If you’re a bar but sell some pub-grub, then that’s great as well. If you’re only doing takeaways, that’s also cool. If you’re a roaming chef, let us know. If you’re running a dark kitchen and want a bit of light shining your way, let us know too. If you’re a beach kitchen or a food truck, tell us about it.

Also, if you’re simply a reader of St Francis Today and have a favourite restaurant, feel free to send us details on behalf of that restaurant. Otherwise, let the restaurant owners know that we want their details. Locals can help locals.

This list will be the definitive list of restaurants in the St Francis Bay area.

As we fast approach the busy season, we wish all restaurant owners the best of luck. The Matrics will be here any minute, some university students will be coming soon, and then families will start streaming in for what we hope is a long, balmy summer holiday. We hope that you all have a busy and prosperous season.

Cooking With Conrad Gallagher

Cooking With Conrad Gallagher

Welcome to our new weekly food and cooking column, Cooking With Conrad Gallagher.

Conrad Gallagher is a Michelin Star chef and author, and is the owner of Off The Menu Food Emporium and Bistro Vin De Boeuf in St Francis Bay. Conrad won his Michelin Star when he was only 24 years old.  We chatted to him in our new column  – Cooking With Conrad Gallagher – about his St Francis restaurants,  and just how he is enjoying life in a small village.

When did you win your Michelin Star, and where were you based?

I was awarded a Michelin Star at the age of 24 whilst at Peacock Alley in Dublin, Ireland, in 1998.

For someone who has won an award like this, why St Francis Bay?

After travelling the world extensively and living in big cities, I wanted to find somewhere quiet to start a little passion project for my wife and I. St. Francis Bay is a beautiful little village that has so much to offer.

What do you do when you’re not cooking or travelling? What are your hobbies?

My businesses keep me very busy, but when I do get the chance, I enjoy fishing, visiting the Saturday market, walking along the beach or going for a swim. I have also recently taken to the paddle ski, which I am thoroughly enjoying.

What are your goals with the restaurants in St Francis? Are you here for the long game?

I have set up Off the Menu and Bistro Vin De Boeuf as passion projects for my wife and I. We are in it for the long haul and would love to see our store and restaurant become embedded in the community.

What is proving to be the most popular on the menus at Off The Menu and Bistro Vin De Boeuf?

At Bistro Vin De Boeuf, we pride ourselves on selecting some of the best cuts of Wagyu & Jersey available. Our customers particularly enjoy our Wagyu Rib Eye and Tomahawk cuts, especially when paired with beautiful sides and boutique wines. At Off the Menu, our gourmet Wagyu Burger and sumo Fries is a definite crowd pleaser and often has our customers coming back for more.

What do you find the most challenging about running restaurants in a quaint, quiet place like St Francis Bay?

The most challenging thing is learning to understand the highs and lows of this specific market, especially regarding weekend foot traffic vs during the week foot traffic.

What’s the best thing about it?

The best thing is our loyal and friendly customers without whom we would not be here. This also gives us amazing opportunities to build and grow into the community.

Next week –  Conrad reveals the recipe for one of their best selling dishes in St Francis Bay in the next episode of Cooking With Conrad Gallagher.

Surfing Today with Rip Curl – The Big Wave Season Is Open

Surfing Today with Rip Curl – The Big Wave Season Is Open

LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Monday, November 15, 2021) – The world’s best big wave surfers are back on call as the holding period for the World Surf League (WSL) 2021/2022 Big Wave season officially opened today. The official holding period for the WSL Big Wave competitions will run through March 31, 2022. This year’s big wave season will feature the Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge and Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge presented by Jogos Santa Casa where each will showcase the best of big wave surfing in the paddle and tow-in disciplines, respectively.

Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge
The Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge will feature paddle-in surfing in an individual competition format. In the men’s division, 24 competitors are divided into four heats of six surfers for the first round. Heats are generally 45 minutes and surfers may catch as many waves as they wish with a panel of five judges scoring each ride on a scale of 1 to 10. Each competitor’s two best waves are counted, with their best wave score doubled. The three highest-scoring surfers advance to the Semifinals, which run in the same format, and the top three surfers from the Semifinals advance to the Final.

The women’s division runs in a similar format with 12 competitors participating in two six-surfer Semifinals with the top three surfers in each heat advancing to the Final.

Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge Invitees:

Female Invitees
1 – Paige Alms (HAW)
2 – Felicity Palmateer (AUS)
3 – Annie Reickert (HAW)
4 – Keala Kennelly (HAW)
5 – Emily Erickson (HAW)
6 – Michaela Fregonese (BRA)
7 – Bianca Valenti (USA)
8 – Skylar Lickle (HAW)
9 – Justine Dupont (FRA)
10 – Raquel Heckert (BRA)
11 – Laura Enever (AUS)
12 – Izzy Gomez (COL)

Male Invitees
1 – Billy Kemper (HAW)
2 – Ian Walsh (HAW)
3 – Nathan Florence (HAW)
4 – Kai Lenny (HAW)
5 – Makua Rothman (HAW)
6 – Lucas Chianca (BRA)
7 – Russell Bierke (AUS)
8 – Nic Von Rupp (PRT)
9 – Eli Olson (HAW)
10 – Torrey Meister (HAW)
11 – Koa Rothman (HAW)
12 – Nic Lamb (USA)
13 – Grant Baker (ZAF)
14 – Jamie Mitchell (AUS)
15 – Albee Layer (HAW)
16 – Tyler Larronde (HAW)
17 – Jojo Roper  (USA)
18 – Ty Simpson Kane (HAW)
19 – Matt Bromley  (ZAF)
20 – Francisco Porcella (ITA)
21 – Trevor Carlson (HAW)
22- Tom Lowe (GBR)
23 – Aaron Gold (HAW)
24 – Greg Long (USA)

HAIKU, MAUI, USA – DECEMBER 12: Grant Baker of South Africa is eliminated from the 2019 cbdMD Jaws Big Wave Championships with an equal 13th finish after placing fourth in Heat 1 of Round 1 at Peah’i on December 12, 2019 in Oahu, United States. (Photo by Keoki Saguibo/WSL via Getty Images)


Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Jogos Santa Casa
The Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge presented by Jogos Santa Casa will be a one-day, specialty teams event with tow-in surfing. There will be nine teams made up of two competitors in each team. The teams will be divided into three groups with three teams in each group. The competition will have a total of six 50-minute heats, where each group will participate in two heats, with each team alternating between surfing and driving the team’s jet ski.

A surfer’s best two waves after surfing both heats will count to an individual total score, with the best wave counting as double points. In total, a surfer’s maximum individual score will be 30 points, as each wave is scored from 1-10 points. Surfers will be awarded across multiple categories at the end of the competition day.

Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Jogos Santa Casa Invitees:
Team 1: Kai Lenny (HAW), Lucas Chianca (BRA)
Team 2: Nic Von Rupp (PRT), Pedro Scooby (BRA)
Team 3: Rodrigo Koxa (BRA), Eric Rebiere (FRA)
Team 4: Andrew Cotton (GBR), Will Skudin (USA)
Team 5: Axier Muniain (EUK), Francisco Porcella (ITA)
Team 6: João de Macedo (PRT), Antonio Silva (PRT)
Team 7: Maya Gabeira (BRA), Sebastian Steudtner (DEU)
Team 8: Justine Dupont (FRA), Pierre Rollet (FRA)
Team 9: Michelle des Bouillons (BRA), Ian Cosenza (PRT)


Stay on Alert

When a massive swell forms, WSL will issue two different alerts for the event. Yellow Alert means prepare for big wave action. If a large swell and good local weather conditions are lining up at our contest site, we can declare a Yellow Alert as far as four days out from the potential event. Green Alert means that IT’S ON. 48 hours before the potential event, the Tours and Competition office makes the final call to run.