Even if you’re an avid fish fan, spending the day fishing can be a bit like solving a Rubik’s cube or building a ship in a bottle: a fun way to pass a couple of hours, without getting anything to show for it. Casting that line in and out of the water loses its meaning after a while, almost like saying a word over and over until it stops making sense. If you want the fish but want to avoid the repetitive-motion injury, get a seafood buffet and a glass of wine from the Fish Shack for R99.
When you suddenly find yourself craving calamari steak, one of the biggest problems with going to a seafood restaurant is that you can’t always get exactly what you want. They have swordfish deep fried in malt butter and angelfish pan-fried in lemon juice and thyme, but what you really want is slow cooked red snapper. Already putting other seafood restaurants to shame with their dedication to giving customers fresher fish than they could catch themselves, the Fish Shack also lets you have exactly what you want, exactly the way you want it. You don’t even need to throw a tantrum to get things the way you like.
Before you indulge in all the delicious, slow-cooked goodness the ocean has to offer, indulge in a true local is lekker starter. Fresh and creamy mushroom and biltong soup might not be seafood, but it’s a tasty way to get your taste buds ready for their ocean adventure. Afterwards, eight different crisp salads make the perfect in-between. Choose from a wide variety of freshly caught fish, ranging from yellowtail to Black Tiger prawns, and their chef will even let you choose how they cook it: flame grilled and pre-marinated in olive oil, garlic, Italian parsley and The Captain’s Sauce, aptly named the Fire Boat? Or Poet Sauce - slow cooked in olive oil induced butter, white wine and a variety of fresh spices? You choose.
Keeping in line with the conga-line of food choices on offer, when it’s time for dessert you can choose from eight different puddings or ice-creams, from the traditional chocolate mousse or the more exotic tiramisu.
Even if you did spend eight hours in a little boat on the high seas with bait and a hook, no matter what you caught, you wouldn’t be able to find the same kind of variety and freshness that you’ll find at the Fish Shack.
Fishy Fact: A seafood restaurant in the early 1960’s gained a short-lived popularity by claiming to be in possession of a time-machine. Their fridge, their supposed ‘magic machine’ could not only send you hurtling through time, but could also animate the inanimate. They demonstrated this power by drawing a cartoon fish on a piece of notepad paper, putting it in the fridge for and pulling a live gold-fish out five minutes later.