Oep ve Koep. Who would have thought that the pretty, sleepy seaside town of Paternoster would become home to a master forager and world-class cooking? The crops and creations of chef Kobus van der Merwe, the 2014 winner of the Nederburg Rising Star Award, have garnered him a worthy following. His food strikes the perfect balance between imaginative and delicious fare, and the fact that it shouts West Coast is reassuringly commendable. Description courtesy of eatout.co.za, read more.


Reuben’s at Abalone House. A coveted and highly-acclaimed Reuben’s restaurant opened in October 2013, elevating Abalone House to new heights of luxury, decadence and service. The finest local cuisine is now showcased in an atmosphere of pure relaxation and sensual enjoyment. Description courtesy of eatout.co.za, read more.


Noisy Oyster. There’s a sensual playfulness to this restaurant, with the starters listed under ‘foreplay’ and mains explained under the heading of – what else? – ‘intercourse’. Add to this the naughty pictures decorating the bathrooms, and you can be assured that this establishment has its tongue firmly in cheek. All the better to taste the food, of course. Description courtesy of eatout.co.za, read more.

Gaaitjie. Located right on the rocks overlooking Paternoster beach, owned and run by the inventive chef Suzi Holtzhausen, Gaaitjie serves some of the best food on the West Coast. It’s simple, honest food without any pretension, but with lots of interesting local flavour twists. My excellent, very fragrant starter of black Saldanha mussels is steamed in cider and served with a cheesy mustard muffin, while another starter of springbok carpaccio is adorned with pickled gooseberries, and a baked bobotie frikkadel comes with a piquant tomato relish. Description courtesy of eatout.co.za, read more.


Voorstrandt Restaurant. Year after year, little changes on the menu of upmarket pub-grub. And that’s just the way locals and regulars like it. Alongside crisp battered fish and the popular Malay seafood curry, the local catch of the day is your best bet. Some meaty options are available too, such as the Paternoster fillet with creamy mussel sauce. Prices are a little steep for the pedestrian fare. Description courtesy of eatout.co.za, read more.