SEAGULLS, sand and surf somehow make fish and chips taste so much better, so here is a round-up of a few outlets with a seasoning of sea salt:
- ýThis Is Eat in the Port Elizabeth harbour.
The feud between former neighbours Oceans 11 and This is Eat saw Oceans 11 move out from its prime harbour spot (it’s still going strong but you’ll find it in Sixth Avenue, Walmer now, next to Bocadillo’s).
This is Eat has gobbled up the space left and grown into a buzzing casual spot for seafood with far more seating inside and out. The menu has expanded, so as well as fish and chips for R35, there are other dishes, including a seafood curry and sushi.
Another plus for families is that it has a jumping castle and an old boat for the kids to play on, while you relax with a view (such as it is) over the Baakens River.
- Ocean Fresh Deli is just a hop and a step away from This is Eat, so if it is full, walk round the corner for delicious freshly caught hake with “real” chips for R39.50.
The helping is generous that if you have a small appetite, you can share one portion.
Both of these harbour venues are basic eateries, with wooden benches and tables, not to mention a few visiting seagulls. Ocean Fresh is small and you may bring your own wine or beer (they will provide the glasses). The much larger This Is Eat is halaal, so no alcohol is permitted on the premises.
- If you prefer the luxury of a sit-down restaurant with your whiff of ozone, move up a notch or two in style to Hobie Beach where Blue Waters Cafe offers a stunning view along with its fish and chips (R59).
- The Chart Room at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club also serves fish and chips, with your R68 including a salad or vegetables.
- The super-busy new Something Good roadhouse at Bird Rock also is great. Locals complain the re-invented icon is too full, but the fish is fresh – and it is just a few steps to the sands of Pollok Beach. It is R60 for fish and chips, sit-down or takeaway and yes, you can still flick your lights for service although they don’t do the trays for cars anymore!
- Further out, Pine Lodge has a few tables at the back of The Island restaurant which fill up fast for Sunday lunch, so it is best to book ahead if you are going at this time.
- Leaving Port Elizabeth, drive out to Seaview for wonderful sunset dining at Barnacles. R77 will get you fish and chips and a view over the waves.