A SCRUMPTIOUS AFTERNOON AT THE GRAND CAFE AND BEACH

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Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and silky white sand at The Grand Cafe and Beach

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and silky white sand at The Grand Cafe and Beach

You cannot resist this place! I did ask the powers that be to allow the sun to come out, well, this particular request was ignored – it rained, it was cold and windy –  real Cape winters day, one of the very few we have experienced yet this winter!

So I was curious how an afternoon The Grand Cafe and Beach in Granger Bay was going to be like, as one associates a beach restaurant with sunshine, heat and gentle breezes – to say I was a little worried ….

But worried I need not have been, I did not count on the Universe doing her magic as always and showing me that life is a balance and that challenges and disappointments are only our perception!

We arrived at The Grand Cafe and Beach at the allotted time, all doors were closed, the industrial warehouse looking building looked like it was in lockdown mode. However as we approached the entrance door, it smoothly slid back and we were greeted to a beautifully warm and comfortable wonderland, I was about to experience the other side of The Grand Cafe and Beach and how they cleverly embrace you into their bosom when it is evilly cold and chilly outside.

Oh So Romantic Table Setting

Oh So Romantic Table Setting

We were shown to our table by the pizza oven (if you are a pizza oven fan, then you need to check this one out) by an enthusiastic Anesh , our waiter for the afternoon.

The table setting was magnificent with red roses, elaborate cutlery and my favourite style wine glasses – the bubble sort that are large! And a water glass – a real water glass not a wine glass substituted as a water glass!!!! This is a big deal for me!!

We were having their Winter Feast, a two or three course menu of their most popular dishes. 

First up with the house Grand Method Champagne Rose, it was really delicious, Salmon pink in colour, it was zesty and clean with a crispy dry finish that left a fruity hint on the palate long after the sip.

I chose to start with queen spicy queen prawns, highly recommend this chaps!  About seven good size prawns in a tasty not too spicy sauce with a little rice. The prawns were cooked perfectly, with a gentle bite and chew required, most importantly for me – they were properly CLEANED! Don’t get me going on the many number of restaurants in South Africa that are more and more neglecting to clean the shellfish properly!

spicy prawns cooked to perfection

spicy prawns cooked to perfection

Then on Anesh’s advise I had the Chicken curry – a good honest Durban curry (note – you know you making the right decision when you are also told the Head Chef is Indian!!) and Anesh assured me that the spices in the curry came all the way from Durban carried back in 10 kilo bags by himself when returning from tips back home!

The curry was delightful – I found the portion size too big!! But so Moorish! It was gently spicy and NOT hot at all! I would not have minded  bit more heat, but I know that I am a sado in this sense I LOVE HOT!!! So for the more normal eaters amongst us this would be perfect!

Then the cherry on top was the Malva Pudding with custard and chocolate drops – soft, creamy, enormously delicious and flavoursome – almost describes it – but it was even better!! Tiny picked up some subtle curry flavours in it – I didn’t so not sure if this is so or if it was Tiny’s somewhat overindulged palate, as by that time we had eaten so  much.

Chicken Curry Durban Style

Chicken Curry Durban Style

As the afternoon came to an end and we braced ourselves for the cold blustery weather, we were pleasantly surprised by blue skies and sunshine that had snuck out showing off this sensational establishment at its best!

Top marks guys for the inspiration behind this venture, it is beautiful! The food is really amazing and the service Top Notch!  Cape Town is privileged to have a place like this on their doorstep.

Note to visitors – this is a must!

I will be back for cocktails closer to summer and spend a balmy afternoon with toes in the sand watching the sun set – see you then guys!

 

The Grand Cafe and Beach

The Grand Cafe and Beach

Background – Set on a small exclusive beach right next door to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is the most delightful setting for this exquisitely designed establishment with the most divine décor you have ever seen. The Grand Cafe is a dichotomy of polar opposites with its beach culture look and feel being free spirited  and Parisian cafe chairs, romantic table settings and oversized chandeliers – it certainly took amazing vision and creative  inspiration to make this establishment what it is today!

interior design so special in contrast to the almost industrial style building

interior design so special in contrast to the almost industrial style building

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