Africa is so amazingly diverse, if you can imagine it - we have it somewhere. (As well as a lot off stuff that people find hard to imagine!) Be it a lazy, tropical Island breakaway or a hard core, adrenaline filled adventure - I will do my best to help you get the most out of your holiday. Seeing that this blog is a brand new project - it will take a while to grow. If you have a particular destination in mind that has not been featured yet, just send me a mail and I will assist in any way possible. Postings on this blog are based on personal experience. I plan to rate places and venues visited on a 'must go' or 'avoid' basis. I will also give a Lemon Award to the very worst festering pits that I have had the misfortune of stumbling across... If you have a comment, or your own input - lets have it! Complaints and compliments received from readers will be forwarded to the relevant venue for comment and/or follow up action. Please bear in mind that opinions expressed in this blog are my personal views only and I do not presume to know everybodys tastes... Any other advice dispensed is based on personal experience, and may not be factually correct. I therefore will not be held responsible if you do something silly after reading my advice on the matter. My main purpose here is to help you to think and plan in the right directions. I trust that you will have as much fun visiting this blog as I plan to have while writing the posts.

Monday 23 July 2007

Something Fishy - Part 2

The Sea Gypsy Café

A day or so after our disastrous first attempt at finding a decent piece of fish (see Something Fishy – Part 1) we again found ourselves in Mossel Bay over lunchtime. Steering well clear of The Point, I decided to go and take a look at the harbour region. From past experience I’ve found that there are normally very good fish shops, restaurants or at least a fish ‘take away’ at the fishing harbours themselves.

On this occasion we were handsomely rewarded by finding The Sea Gypsy Café.

Situated on the harbour wall in an unassuming building, with deck, this restaurant is perfectly situated to give one an unparalleled view over the bay. On the occasion when we visited we were also entertained by the antics of a few seals frolicking in the water right in front and below us.

Even though this little restaurant attracts a reasonable amount of tourists, it has still managed to retain its authentic atmosphere and is still frequented by the locals as well. This is definitely no ‘tourist trap,’ but the real deal!

They have quite a comprehensive menu, which includes a good selection of fresh seafood that is also well prepared and presented. Looking at the right hand column of the menu, I was also immediately struck by the very reasonable figures reflected there…

The staff are all friendly and the service was satisfactory.

I went for the fish and chips option and was impressed with the quality, size and price of the dish. Coupled with the mussels in a creamy garlic sauce as a starter and an ice cold white wine - I was in culinary heaven. A great piece of fresh hake that was well prepared at last!

The ambience, view and food makes this a definite stop for a meal (or just a few glasses of wine) if you are ever in the Mossel Bay area. Be sure to leave yourself enough time to spend! I can see myself easily squandering a whole afternoon here with a bottle of wine and some good company…

This was definitely one of the main dining highlights of our extended trip covering the Garden Route, and all the way to Cape Town.

This restaurant is also within easy walking distance of the Dias Museum Complex which is an absolute must when in Mossel Bay. Take a tour of the Museum and round it off with a memorable (and very affordable) visit to the Sea Gypsy Café afterward – a day well spent!
The Sea Gypsy gets a ‘two thumbs up’ from me and I will definitely always go back when in the area. Well done guys – it was a pleasure to visit you!


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