Eating and Drinking – The Brass Bell, Kalk Bay

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From modest beginnings in 1939 as a tea room attached to the train station, through many years of modest success as a restaurant and bar, The Brass Bell has emerged today as a true leviathan of eating and drinking in picturesque Kalk Bay, a half hour drive south of Cape Town. The restaurant boasts no less than seven distinct areas to eat or drink, and four kitchens to serve the maximum capacity of nearly a thousand guests.

The establishment boasts a spectacular location on the water’s edge, some parts of the building literally extending out to sea. Depending on which way you decide to face you can eat your lunch while gazing at the rows of fishing boats in the harbour or

at the surfers’ moves on the opposite side. But then that’s The Brass Bell’s strong suit: choice. Just to illustrate the point here are just some of the dining areas you can choose as your own…

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Surf watchers paradise.

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One of the elegant upstairs dining lounges.

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The cosy bar.

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The ‘Beach At The Bell’ (a wonderful family space in summer, when the pool on the left is filled).

The menu at The Bell is naturally geared towards fresh seafood, and guests are truly spoiled for choice. In fact the only way out of the diner’s dilemma is to order the seafood platter, which includes a tasty medium rare kingklip steak, giant king prawns, mussels in a delicious cheese sauce, calamari, snoek, fries, salad and a bewildering array of condiments. This isn’t Michelin star dining but for 170 Rand I was full to the brim.

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If you’re from the ‘eating is cheating’ school of thought perhaps you should come on a Friday or Saturday night when trance DJs and local bands take the stage in the provocatively named ‘Bikini Bar’. Truly there is something for everyone at the Brass Bell.