How well we remember those tastes and smells that bring back memories of summer holidays spent at the coast: sweet chocolate ice cream, juicy and tender seafood with fresh bread, lazy brunch eaten alfresco or piping hot pizza served with a cold beer…well, we all have our favourites!
Plettenberg Bay has a diverse selection of restaurants, each with their own charm and speciality dishes, offering tastes to suit your fancy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We’ve put together some of our favourite Plett summer flavours for you to enjoy during your holiday, often paired with a glass of locally produced Plett wine and bubbly.
There are few places quite “so Plett” as the Lookout Deck. Overlooking the ocean and the popular Lookout Beach, “the deck” has served holiday-makers and locals for over 21 years and is beloved for their food and beautiful sea views. Popular choices on their menu are the mussel pot, “pint ‘o prawns” and mutton curry.
Offthehook, under new ownership since the beginning of the year, has had an exciting menu revamp with the addition of authentic Lebanese tapas and their incredible burgers among other delightful dishes. You can still enjoy Offthehook’s seafood favourites of fresh fish, calamari and prawns, but we do recommend you give the new menu items a sample too!
Mobys is another Plett icon. Located on Plett’s Central Beach, Mobys has one of the best restaurant locations in the area and takes full advantage by serving up a variety of seafood platters: oysters, fresh fish, prawns and they make a pretty mean cocktail too. Just the thing for a Plett summer holiday!
This French bakery and café is one of those places that are a simple delight to discover, or rediscover. Nestled in a courtyard off the Main Street, Le Fournil is a favourite brunch and lunch restaurant for the summer crowd serving up freshly baked artisanal breads and French pastries, breakfasts and sandwiches – all made from scratch from the freshest possible ingredients. Favourites include their Truth Coffee, salted caramel cheesecake and chocolate croissants.
The Table Restaurant, Plett’s much-loved Main Street hangout, is best known for their delicious wood-fired pizza – available in thin crispy base, gluten-free and banting, and their cheerful cocktails. But a wonderful summer holiday treat is the prawns in a pizza basket and seafood pizza options, combining two Plett summer favourites: seafood and pizza. The Table’s new summer menu also includes a variety of vegan and vegetarian options, so you’re spoiled for choice.
The Yellowwood Spur can be found across the road from Plett’s Central Beach and we all know how wonderful Spur’s familiar favourites can be. Head down to Yellowwood for a Spur breakfast before hitting the beach or head in after a day of sun, sand and sea for their famous steaks, burgers or ribs.
The Fat Fish, another of Central Beach’s popular restaurants, offers casual and upbeat dining presented by head chef, Kirsty Sinclair and owner Simon Ash. The Fat Fish is a driving force for sustainable fishing, as SASSI a compliant restaurant serving up freshly fabulous sushi, delicious battered fish and Parmesan crusted Kingklip with chilli smoked batter to name just a few, all paired with locally produced Plett wines.
Located in one of Plett’s oldest buildings, Nguni is one of Plett’s best kept restaurant secrets. You’ll probably have to ask around to find it, but when you get there…you’ll find South African-inspired cooking at its very best. A true taste of the Cape includes beautifully grilled fresh fish, bobotie, Karoo lamb and venison – be sure to ask about their daily specials.
Another Plett summer institution would have to be the family-run Med Seafood Bistro. A Plett staple for some 20-odd years, the Med is cozy, romantic and inviting, best known for their sumptuous seafood platters, a bouillabaise with potent aioli-topped croutons and famous roast duck with orange sauce – an unforgettable Plett taste experience.
Glass panels fold back to expose the beautiful views across the lagoon, oceans and mountains, a meal at Lemon Grass is a treat for the senses. Taking inspiration from both local and international cuisines, Lemon Grass serves up fresh seafood, meats and more to the sound of water lapping against the river bank.