Written by Sylke Chesterfield – LadyChowChow.com reporter:
The Brass Bell in CapeTown .
We ordered the Kalk Bay Platter for Two, which consisted of Grilled Prawns, Pan Fried Hake, Calamari and Black Mussels served with Salad, Rice and Chips. We accompanied this order with glasses of Chenin Blanc, South Africa’s signature white wine. The star of this sampler platter of local fruits of the sea had to be the calamari, which was so extraordinarily tender and sweet that it practically melted on our tongues. The prawns, also a local specialty, were more than worthy of honorable-mention status.
Always interested in a sweet something afterward, but never able to decide on just one, we each ordered a dessert that was recommended by the more than accommodating wait staff: Local fruit and Crème Brûlée, each accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Both more than satisfied our cravings. The “local fruit”, about cherry-size, was a tender citrus-type fruit, kumquats, and it is well-worth trying.
The cost for the entire meal including drinks and dessert was 600 Rand, which equaled $79.05 including tax (as reflected on our credit card statement). Certainly a great bargain, considering the locale, the beautiful views, the delicious food, the overall dining experience and the friendly wait staff, that we so greatly enjoyed.
Since that evening, we have run into others that have also recommended the Brass Bell, as would we, to anyone looking for local fare by the sea in a casual atmosphere.