There is really no need to travel far for produce – the fishermen sell the daily catch right off their boats on the beach. Come prepared to haggle.
Greece? No, Paternoster a couple of hours drive north of Cape Town.
Dinner at the End of the World
Text Magnus Wittbjer Photography Magnus Wittbjer & Micha van Dinther
So, the TypeO purchasing team was out scouting in Cape Town in South Africa for interesting objects for the shop.
Unaccustomed to driving on the right, we mixed up some turns and ended up in secluded and quaint fishing village with the clerical name of Paternoster.
Left, an old wooden door that opens up to foodie heaven, and right, a smoked angelfish amuse-bouche.
After dodging potholes as big as the car and free-range goats (could have been wart hogs) for an hour and a half, arriving in Paternoster is a treat. Quiet streets, whitewashed houses and a wind beaten beach on which we were offered to buy fresh lobsters, clams and other delicacies right of the boats.
We loved the simple and rustic yet chic decor at Wolfgat.
Not too keen on preparing our own meal, we found the sign Wolfgat – which roughly translates to fox lair – posted on yet another white facade. A simple wooden door with flaking and fading paint hid a 20-seat culinary surprise.
Side note from Micha: Naturally, we didn't just happen upon this wonderful culinary hotspot by accident. After months of research and planning, as well as making reservations in advance, this was all part of the plan to celebrate Magnus's birthday.
Part of the cooking takes place right in the dining room, in front of us guests.
Based on seasonally and sustainably sourced local ingredients, predominantly seafood-based menus are created into pieces of edible art by chef Kobus van der Merwe.
Wild sage and smoked mussels with peaches in a mussel broth.
Left, lavender i bloom, and right, the shoreline salad with dune spinach.
This remote, small-scale al fresco dining experience was a true treat, and we will definitely return for more. The view is also hard to beat!
Even the neighbor's dog loves to hang out at Wolfgat.