PiliPili Beach Bar buzz

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The PiliPili Beach Bar restaurant in Sedgefield is just the sort of fun spot at which to start your holiday in the sleepy Garden Route town.

We were in Sedgefield for a weekend visit and popped in for lunch at this laid-back location right by the dunes at Myoli Beach. We didn’t mean to stay all that long but somehow, with the sea breeze in our hair and sand between our toes, time just flew and we literally had to drag ourselves off to our next stop. Yes, it’s that easy to be overtaken by the chilled vibe of the place.

My husband found the beers on tap ice cold and very refreshing, while I couldn’t resist a glass (or two) of some stunning brut bubbly from Bonnievale Wines.

PiliPili in Swahili is literally “pepper-pepper” and refers to a fiery, endorphin-releasing little chilli that grows throughout Africa.

The name is apt since the restaurant also have their own extreme sports centre right next door to the restaurant and beach bar. There are loads to sign up for and kitesurfing is particularly popular. There’s even an affordable accommodation establishment called Afrovibe Adventure Lodge on the roof.

The restaurant itself is very rustic and has seating inside and out – inside is super on a chilly day, while outside should be dreamy year round when the weather is fine. They also light big fires at night that the visitors love.

We heard from friends who’d been that PiliPili’s thin, wood-fired pizzas are brilliant. There’s a huge pizza oven outside and most of the patrons we saw were heartily tucking into this Italian favourite. I was, however, in the mood for seafood and a whopper of a pan of mussels in a creamy sauce with the slightest hint of spice, was just perfect.

My husband thoroughly enjoyed his calamari and chips, though next time, besides the pizza, we are both keen to try the ribs which apparently are a hit.

PiliPili is not a place to sprint through your meal. The setting is extremely relaxed and temperamentally the staff are the same. You are probably not going to get up-to-the-minute service, though the staff are friendly and perfectly capable.

Given the adventure component we thought PiliPili – which also has a branch at Witsand – would be more of a hangout for teens and young adults. We were, however, surprised to see older couples too, and lots of families with young children, enjoying the sun and surroundings.

Taste for yourself: PiliPili (044) 343 3087   facebook.com/pili.pili.547

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