Ludicrously delicious

Prawn bisque with an Arborio cake

Kommetjie Restaurant is the welcoming, beating heart of Strandfontein. And oh, their food! It fair takes one’s breath away.

Yes, you’ll find standard offerings of calamari, ciabatta toasties, steaks and burgers. But none of these are run-of-the-mill. Each plate is expressed with care. Nevertheless, it’s the specials – prepared with superb flair by Michelin-trained chef Duncan Womack – which are showstoppers.

Cracking options among the starters abound. Molecular gastronomy reigns in the velvety prawn bisque where texture-forward Sriracha caviar floats lazily in a creamy chardonnay sauce, holding hands with a spinach, toasted almond and feta pesto – all crowned with a rich prawn-flavoured Arborio cake.

The transcendent crumbed camembert throbs with the flavour of a creamy cauliflower puree and a hit of heat from home-made cayenne chilli jam. There’s also a lustrous Brontosaurus bone marrow with huge bone-nibbling potential – served with a robust salsa.

Bold live-fire cooking rubberstamps the mains. A beautifully grilled whiting fillet topped with crunchy, crispy calamari tentacles graces a generous mound of pesto and tomato orzo pasta. And do behave without licking your fingers when devouring the spicy-sweet Mongolian chicken wings, partnered by savoury Basmati rice.

The sweet end is serious business. There’s a peerless burnt Basque cheesecake with homemade honeycomb and vanilla ice cream, as well as sensational food art in the triple-choc brownie.

Kommetjie Restaurant offers engrossing food from a kitchen which knows exactly what it’s doing.

2 Skulpies St, Strandfontein, ph 079 7134054; Open Wed – Sat 11h00 – 20h00 & Sundays until 16h00.