Salt Rock Food Safari!

Salt Rock is a small-town bordering Ballito and Shaka’s Rock. While this town still maintains it’s quiet small-town feel, it is filled to the brim with spectacular places to dine. Food isn’t a strange subject for us here at FabMags. In fact, when we’re not talking about magazines, we’re talking about food. So, we decided, the team would go on a week-long food safari through the sweet town of Salt Rock. From Cindy’s, to Yoli’s and meandering down to Salt Café, from mouth-watering scoops of ice-cream to creamy scrambled eggs on toast, drinking German beers all cozy in the corner and cocktails overlooking the Indian Ocean. Salt Rock is blessed with some of the best!

WORDS CARLA GAILEY

DELISH SISTERS

If you’re looking for a fantastic cappuccino or freshly squeezed fruit juices accompanied by ‘tasty food made with love’, then this is the spot for you! This colourful café is the perfect stop for an unusual and beautiful twist on our favourite traditional meals. A firm-favourite is their soaked chia seeds layered with seasonal fruit, Greek yoghurt, toasted nuts and other yummy ingredients and the Za’Attar spiced scrambled egg with Halloumi cheese and baby spinach served with sourdough toast. If that hasn’t got your mouth watering yet, their daily harvest table which changes weekly and works on a weigh and pay basis which features some of the most beautiful dishes that will leave you wanting more! Their vibey, upbeat music and laid back style caters for the long-lazy bruncher who is never in a hurry! An insiders tip: the comfy corner couch in the restaurant is the most sought after spot to sit at, so plan ahead and book!
www.delishsisters.co.za

BBM Café

 

Mornings started at BBM Café, are morning’s started right! The first thing you’ll notice in the morning, is the aromatic scent of freshly brewed cappuccino’s, eggs and bacon and baked bread. Mmm! BBM Café offers the best of both worlds when it comes to indoor and outdoor dining, on beautiful sunny evenings, their outside area is fantastic and well-covered for relaxed dining and for a chilly morning’s, when we visited, the warm and cozy inside area is divine! Their cappuccinos are unbeatable! Frothy, creamy and are finished with fun café art. Their menu extends from breakfast, lunch and dinner! For breakfast, the strikers breakfast which is a fry-up of eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, avocado and toast of your choice is a firm favourite, along with the traditional and ever-popular eggs benedict with gypsy ham. If that isn’t enough, lunch and dinner serves up their delicious crispy pizza’s, pasta’s and baby chicken which I’ve been told is AMAZING!
www.bbmcafe.co.za

JACK SALMON FISH HOUSE

One word: Sushi. Can I get an ‘oh yeah!’ for all the sushi-lovers reading this right now? Sushi and Seafood lovers, unite! Jack Salmon is clean, chilled, crisp and classy! Jack Salmon is a fantastic place for quick tasty lunch or a long, romantic dinner. Their wine-list, extensive, menu, impressive and food, absolute quality! Rainbow rolls wrapped in avocado and salmon loaded with crunchy tempura prawns and topped with sushi mayo and caviar. Prawns smothered in peri-peri sauce, Dorado grilled to perfection, tender calamari tubes…Yeah, I’ve got your mouth watering now! Not only does Jack Salmon offer you a tantalizing dining experience, their servers and managers who do everything with a smile, make your experience that more amazing. For the ultimate Jack Salmon experience, enjoy an early evening dinner out of the patio, with the cool summer breeze, sip on Inverroche Gin with Finch and Leedes pink tonic and enjoy!
www.jacksalmon.co.za

SASOL SALT ROCK SERVICE STATION

Something that truly stands out at Sasol is their takeaway menu, from toasted sandwiches, burgers, schwarmas, curries and most importantly their fabulous Bunnies! These bunnies are quite literally some of the best bunnies on the North Coast! And yes, they’re from a petrol station. Can’t believe it? Try them for yourself! We got to taste two of their popular bunnies, the mutton bunny and beef bunny. The beef, is a milder option, with a sweet under tone, followed by a hot and spicy after taste! The mutton bunny was tender and with a slightly bigger kick! Their ingredients are all locally sourced and they use grade B1 leg and shoulder meat with fresh ginger, garlic and their secret spices! Sasol has great special’s every week, Friday’s special is Mutton or Chicken Biriyani along with fresh pies, sausage rolls, samoosa’s, sweet treats and LavAzza Coffee served daily. While it may not be the finest place to dine, Sasol Salt Rock Service Station is a fantastic place with efficient service-with a-smile for absolute convenience, from petrol, food, magazines, household goods, ATMs, clean bathrooms and that has everything you need and so much more!
Visit: 71 Old Fort Rd, Umhlali Beach

LOL’s Food Fusions

With some of the best views of the Indian Ocean, an extremely talented cocktail mixologist and a mouth-wateringly tasty menu, Lol’s is one of our favourite lunch (and dinner) spots in town! It is tastefully decorated with a vibey indoor restaurant and bar with white finishes and ginormous fish tanks with stunning marine life that makes for fun spectating before, during and after your meal. The outdoor area is sheltered for those chilly nights with the warm gas heaters or for the warm days, it opens up entirely for a fresh and airy breeze to swift through. Lawrence, the owner of Lol’s is passionate about food, hospitality and looking after his guests. He introduces his fantastic mixologist, Khaya, who is one of the best. He swiftly mixes up the Apple Strudel Martini and the Lol’s Spin it. Two delicious, fruity cocktails that tasted like more! For food, you’re spoilt for choice, from gourmet burgers, steaks, salads, pasta, seafood, a kiddies menu and vegetarian options! The Butchers block char-grilled AAA rib eye steak doused in chocolate chilli sauce served with hand-cut fries is to die for and the line fish which was grilled lemony Bluecobia, was succulent and was served with crunchy seasonal veggies and their signature tartar sauce. We cannot wait to be back! www.lolsfoodfusions.co.za

SALT CAFÉ

PIZZA. Yeah, I know I got your attention. Salt Café is one of the most quaint, tranquil and relaxed places to go in Salt Rock. Their white and blue décor immediately transports you to Santorini and the aroma of the wood-fired crispy pizzas transport you to the streets of Italy. Salt Café is a restaurant that specialises in pizza’s, with a small but focused menu which makes their food so great! Two popular pizzas to try are the Tandoori Chicken pizza with coriander, red onion, mozzarella which is phenomenal and the BBQ Meat Feast, with salami, mince, bacon, ham and delicious BBQ basting. Salt also serves some of the yummiest pastries, smoothies, coffee and teas, which make this place the perfect, straight off the beach, or a break from the office, craving a pizza and a chocolate croissant stop. Need a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of busy Ballito? Their cappuccinos are truly food for the soul, full bodied, aromatic and oh, so delicious!
www.saltcafe.co.za

FEGO CAFFÉ

It’s not often that one is wowed by a restaurant. We all have our local favourites that we return to and Fego, is one of them! Sma, the manageress, welcomes you and immediately makes you feel at home. Going to Fego for lunch, means you need to come with an appetite. Their food portions are generous! The sweet chilli chicken and grilled halloumi salad is a popular light meal with crunchy lettuce, sweet cherry tomatoes, freshly sliced avocado, topped with sweet chilli chicken and crispy grilled halloumi. The chicken basket is another lunch-favourite, crumbed chicken strips, a sesame-crusted chicken kebab and spiced chips! Succulent and came with a dip that complimented the whole meal! Fego is known for their delicious cappuccinos and sweet treats too! Their Poached pear pavlova or a freshly baked muffinare the perfect companions to end off your light, lovely lunch or a refreshing fruit crush which will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more.
www.fegocaffe.co.za

CINDY’S

This establishment has been around for 40 years! No, I’m not kidding. Cindy, greets the customers, is the cashier, knows her customers by name and face and still cooks! Not only is she fantastic, her food is unbeatable! It’s no wonder her name is known right throughout the North Coast. When you walk into Cindy’s you feel like you’ve walked into a home, filled with the scents of spices. Her chilli bites, are amazing. Tasty, fluffy with a mild curry flavour and her samoosa’s are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and flavour some. Cindy’s is a fantastic place to stop for fresh fruit and vegetables, convenient ingredients and for her preserves, atchar’s and marmalades that are all self-made on her farm with their own grown fresh produce. Cindy’s yummy home-cooked curries, chilli bites and samoosas are amongst the best! The store is always busy, with people coming in and out of the store all the time, greeting Cindy and always enjoying her food. Cindy has a BYOP service, where you bring your own pot for a curry order! #dinnersorted
Old Main Street, Umhlali
Tip: Coca Cola is a good drink to pair with samoosas or curries, according to Cindy!

THE SHED

The Shed is known to be the place to be on a Friday night, with a fire ablaze outside, the vibey chatter and enjoyment of their customers truly make for a fun Friday night out along with their funky, upbeat music sets the mood for a good time. Their venue has a chilled, rustic look and feel, the wood accents with inside and outside seating makes you feel like you could be dining in a fancy ‘shed’. Jason, the manager, greeted us and immediately organised some G&T’s for us. The Kiwi & Mint and the Blueberry & Thyme infused G&T’s on tap are truly delicious, refreshing and ideal to take the edge off. They have variety of craft beers on tap, which they are known for! The food at The Shed is spectacular! From tapa’s platter’s with The Shed poppers, Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and herbs, wrapped in bacon and coated in a batter, these babies are HOT but irresistibly scrumptious! Along with the Kataifi Prawn Tails, wrapped in pastry, crunchy outside and super tender inside, nacho’s, (mmm), smothered in cheese, the Street side sliders, with a variety of flavours and the Soft shell Tacos, flavour explosion in a mini taco! A personal favourite is the Slow Roasted Lamb and Risotto balls. An absolute burst of delight! On Wednesday’s they hold a Bingo night and for the ladies, Thursday’s are ladies night with great specials! The Shed also has a kiddies menu and is situated in the Litchi Orchard which has endless space for kids to run around while their folks wine and dine in true The Shed style.
www.theshedsaltrock.co.za

SCOOP

Situated at the Litchi Orchard, Scoop is our favourite place for a hot summer’s day treat, ICE-CREAM! A cute, but small store, which boasts two fridges, one with their prepackaged home-made ice-cream’s to take home, with flavours from gin & tonic sorbet, strawberry sorbet, salted caramel, granadilla and vanilla chocolate brownie! The main fridge has the different flavours on display which makes for difficult decision making. For sale, they also have their hand-made crunchy sugar cones, plain, or dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. Scoop is a lovely place to sit outside, to unwind, spoil yourself and your kids and to enjoy some peace and quiet amongst the litchi orchard. What makes Scoop just that more special, they have partnered with Vision 153, a foundation that feeds local windows and orphans seven days a week. They donate 10% of all sales of their rocky road ice cream to Vision 153.
www.scoopicecream.co.za

TWO SHRIMPS AT CANELANDS BEACH CLUB & SPA

Two Shrimps Restaurant at Canelands Beach Club & Spa is a stunning restaurant set in an immaculate venue, with arguably one of the best sea-views in Salt Rock. The venue itself can accommodate easily for every type of experience, casual cocktails on the terrace or a more romantic type dinner for two in the restaurant, they also cater for weddings and events. Where to sit? Well that depends on the weather and season of course. Sitting outside is the ideal first choice, but it was just as cosy inside with a great view into the kitchen where you can see the chef and the staff working in the kitchen with loads of talking and friendly chatter from there (no Gordon Ramsay shouting was heard). We had a family dinner and we loved the variety on the menu. Executive head Chef David Kairuz, has come up with an awesome menu, is attentive and happily comes to the table to chat. Dining at Two Shrimps For has many highlights, most importantly the food. For starters you can expect mussels, creamy garlic blue cheese snails, nachos and game carpaccio, all of which are absolutely scrumptious. For mains, enjoy a slow roasted lamb shank, butter chicken bunny and the recommended seafood gnocchi which are all very popular dishes! If you still have space for dessert, try the Surprise Crème Brulee. There is a kiddies menu available too, so a family dinner at Two Shrimps has you covered for everyone!
www.thecanelands.co.za

YOLI’S

Yoli’s is an artisan bakery situated in the Litchi Orchid that offers the freshest home-made breads, pastries and baked goods for take-away. The bakery has a farm feel to it with natural and rustic décor, which gives you a nostalgic feeling. Amongst some of my favourite scents, the smell of freshly baked bread is probably number one. Nicola, the owner, is friendly, greeted us and explains that at Yoli’s, they only use ‘real’ ingredients, with no preservatives and no pre-mixes. Everything is made from scratch and with a whole lot of love. We tried out the Pastéis de Nata, which is a portuguese egg tart pastry. The flavours were rich but not too sweet, and the home-made pastry was made to perfection. Followed by the Bee Sting, a little dough delight made with a brioche bun, topped with honey and almonds, filled with whipped vanilla bean cream and custard. Truly magnificent! Third in line was their croissants. Boy, they have so many varieties to choose from! After the sweet overload, the triple cheese croissant was a perfect finish. You get croissants, and then you get Yoli’s croissants, fresh and fluffy, buttery, crispy outside and full of flavour! Yoli’s is an absolute gem of a place that also make cheese and herb straws (yum!), a variety of doughnuts, Artisanal breads, and so much more, definitely worth paying them a visit.
Facebook: @yolisartisanbakery

SIGGI’S

One thing that’s for sure about Siggi’s is that they know what they are doing. After opening almost 10 years ago, Siggi’s is the first of its kind and it’s here to stay. Known for their mouth-watering Eisbein and sauerkraut, extensive list of German Weiss beers and their vibey atmosphere. Siggi’s truly gives you more than just ‘a little taste of Germany’, it gives you the full-blown all-German experience! Their indoor and outdoor venue suitable for allthrough-the-year dining is cozy, quaint, finished with wood and vintage décor that makes you feel like you could be up in the mountains or at a warm après ski in the alps. Siggi’s is a family restaurant that has a fabulous kids play area, tons of lunch and dinner time specials and offer you an extraordinary totally different foodie experience! We recommend: The farmer’s platter! A platter that boasts a 1.1kg Eisbein, a pork schnitzel, kassler chops, two types of German sausage, sautéed potatoes, sauerkraut and two types of mustard on the side! Sip on a Erdinger German Weiss beer and boom, you’re in Germany! #Prost!! www.siggisgermanrestaurant.co.za

RAY’S KITCHEN

If you’re looking for fantastic service and extraordinary food, Ray’s Kitchen is a versatile establishment that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner is the perfect place for both a romantic evening for two or for a fun, vibey evening with friends and family around a big table. Busy and bustling, Ray’s Kitchen is alive with a mixture of regulars and newbies! Warm earthy tones, wooden tables and beautiful finishes, the restaurant is inviting and you’re already in the right mood. Swiftly seated by the fabulous Pam, who took control of the evening and recommended the Gin to drink. Ray’s Kitchen’s servers truly know the menu and are great at giving recommendations. The service at Ray’s is unbeatable and possibly one of the best! The special’s board is certainly a ‘thing to do’. Tonight’s specials included for starters, bitter ballen, which is slow roasted shredded beef rolled in bread crumbs and then deep friend, grilled aubergines stuffed with chickpeas and a gorgeous mussel ravioli. For main’s, the ‘low &slow’ braised ribs and beef and the Mozambique King Prawns, all with delicious punchy flavours. Their menu has a great variety, regulars rave about their steak, pizza, fresh pasta dishes and let’s not forget their vanilla crème brulee. Mmm!
www.rayskitchen.co.za

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