By Naushad Khan
Summer time in Cape Town is special and we have been blessed with a few near perfect summer days in the past week. There are many hot spots to choose from, but one cannot deny that Camps Bay is one of Cape Town and South Africa’s premier summer destinations, renowned for its beach and glorious sunsets, not to mention some really good restaurants. The Pepper Club on the Beach is perfectly located on the Camps Bay promenade, offering sweeping views of the white sandy beach and featuring a summer menu that offers a variety of seafood, sushi and continental cuisine.
It made for the perfect choice for our Sunday lunch recently. Executive chef Scott Hendrie developed his passion for food from a very young age at his family restaurant in East London and has worked his way up the ranks over the past decade, cooking with, and learning from some of the Cape’s best chefs. Our choice of starters included the fishcakes, tempura California Rolls and the chicken livers. The fishcakes were a real find – obviously freshly made, and packed with fresh fish inside a light crispy batter.
I had to do the Pepper Club Seafood Platter, which included a whole crayfish, queen prawns, grilled calamari, some line fish and mussels in a tangy sauce. The platter is almost regal in its presentation and had our fellow diners straining their necks to get a peek. The peri peri sauce had the right heat to accompany the delicately grilled queen prawns.
The crayfish did not disappoint at all – in fact it was perfectly grilled and came with a lemon butter sauce. It is not really meant for diners that do not wish to get their hands messy or for enjoying over a conversation – you just get stuck in and cannot stop until it is finished. Seafood platters can be all crumbs, batter, deep fried and loads of starches. You will not find that at the Pepper Club on the Beach. Their summer menu focuses on seafood dishes and these include Cantonese Patagonia Calamari with vegetable stir-fry, ketchup manis and tom yum sauce and Pan-Fried Kingklip with a prawn and crab crust. The menu also includes sushi, meat dishes, poultry dishes and salads.
Good service is rare, but I must admit that all the staff here were attentive and worked as a team to ensure that all diners had a great time. This restaurant had a great mix of locals and tourists that added a special vibe to a fabulous summer lunch in Camps Bay.
* For more information, visit www.pepperclubonthebeach.co.za, or call 021 438 3174.