We stopped in at the Salt Rock Hotel for an early dinner on the way home from Gateway on Saturday evening – our original idea was to have a burger but as we had arrived shortly after 17h00 (which is when the snack bar menu stops being served) we had to opt for a curry instead. Not that this was second prize – the curry at the Salt Rock Hotel is legendary in these parts, and this one came up trumps!
Although the Salt Rock Hotel has a dining room and verandah area which looks out onto beautiful gardens, we chose to sit out on the deck to make the most of the balmy weather and magnificent views that the hotel is famous for. The beach below the hotel is pristine with a tidal pool for safe swimming – it looked quite idyllic between the palm trees!
My husband and I both ordered the chicken and prawn curry which is served with a very generous portion of rice, a deliciously crispy poppadum and sambles. The curry itself was perfect; I’m not a fan of tremendously spicy food and this was just right for me.
The bowl of curry was packed with prawns and the chicken was beautifully tender – according to our waitress the curries are made fresh as they are ordered, so although you could sometimes be in for a bit of a wait, it is worth it. I managed to finish nearly all of mine but this is probably because I didn’t have lunch and was ravenous! For those with a less healthy appetite I’m sure sharing the meal would not leave one hungry.
The hotel also offer buffet dinners at Coco’s Buffet and Carvery. These are served between 19h00 and 21h30 daily or alternatively one can order from the snack bar menu. Situated at the pool, the snack bar offers the famous curries (choose from either chicken and prawn, chicken, prawn, crab, beef or mutton), oysters, burgers, toasted sandwiches and salads.
There are also various options for children. If you are out on the deck and spot dolphins in the surf don’t forget to ring the bell so that everyone can witness the spectacle! The hotel Sunday lunch is also popular – a delicious roast with all the trimmings.
The hotel has recently been refurbished; the interior is beautiful and lends itself to the stunning surroundings of the Dolphin Coast. We always enjoy a meal at the hotel and find it very affordable – where else can you get a curry for R80?