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Posted on: Friday, 21 January 2011

Dinner at the Outspan in Kalk Bay

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The Outspan

The Outspan

We had family stay with us over the Festive Season and with an empty fridge on our return from a week in Citrusdal the only solution was to drive the short distance along Main Road to Kalk Bay, park and stroll along deciding where to have dinner.

We tried for a table at Live Bait but with that fully booked and rumbling tummies telling us that waiting for a table would not be a good option we decided to try The Outspan which is on the corner of Main Road and the beginning of Boyes Drive (next door to the Olympia Cafe) …

I had eaten at Outspan on one previous occasion but that was during the winter, we were the only table and we had to sit inside.  Summer dining is a much different atmosphere altogether and the restaurant makes the most of their location by having the majority of their seating outside.  They have planned ahead though and almost all the tables are covered with a marquee like structure to keep the at times, rather fresh, sea breeze off their clientele.  It was chilly on the evening we visited – I was thoroughly wrapped up in a denim jacket and black pashmina!

The atmosphere at Outspan could not be more relaxed … food is braaied and you really get a sense that you could be at a friend’s house for a seafood braai!  I arrived ravenous so asked the waiter how long the food would take.  His reply of ‘ten minutes’ was spot on; perhaps cooking on a braai allows for quicker cooking?  Whatever it is, it’s a good concept.

The prices too are more than affordable.  I had line fish (Dorado), calamari, six prawns with chips for R69.  Two other members of the party had the same dish I did and the 4th member of the party (not a fan of seafood) had spare ribs which were also about the same price.

If you are looking for fresh, reasonably priced, delicious seafood then definitely give Outspan a try – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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