"kalkies" - AKA - Kalk Bay is one of those suburbs that holds a great gravitation for me... so we tend to head out that way every few weeks for a lunch at the Brass Bell or one of their other unique eateries...
Kalk Bay is a character filled fishing village on the False Bay Coast. It is about a 10 minute drive from where we stay. Is one of those places, that despite it's history - it just never gets old... It is such an enormously enigmatic little suburb, you could literally lose yourself for hours, simply exploring... No matter where you look, there is an array of colour and all sorts of goodies to discover...
Approaching the restaurant you have to go through the subway underneath the railway and are ALWAYS greeted by a different busker. The artist we encountered was quite talented I must say - and definitely not lacking any enthusiasm! hehe "The Brass Bell" has been there since "pa fell off a donkey" and is pretty much a household name for most Capetonians! Enroute to Kalk Bay you pass its neighbouring suburb - Muizenberg, which is essentially "surfer central".
The beach there has the perfect waves for beginners, so is naturally where all the surf schools and shops are. The Brass Bell has several sections to it - one of which is "The Beach at the Bell" It is a great place for a social family afternoon, because moms and dads can relax while the kids muck about on the "beach"... building sandcastles and dipping their toes in the water. The outside section of the restaurant is situated LITERALLY right next to the ocean... which gives you an outdoor experience, like no other!
The restaurant tables are scattered around the tidal pools - which on sunny afternoons, often offer welcoming "cool off sprays" from King Neptune himself. It is truly wonderful to be able to relax so close to mother nature... There is a walkway that runs "through" the restaurant which is referred to as the "cat walk" - it stretches right from Muizenberg and goes on long beyond Kalk Bay. The tide was a little high as you can see... so we decided to give the cat walk a skip. lol
ok... wine time!!! (yes, yes, those that know me well, will know that this is my favourite time. haha) and the order of the day was a delightfully refreshing bottle of Durbanville Hills Rosè. To munch for me, it was a platter for one - which was... as you can see... WAYYYYY too much for one person! lol - but sharing is caring, so nothing went to waste.
Time for a trip to the ladies... which is a "mini tour" in itself, showing off some world famous photos of our Cape Storms which needless to say are RATHER dramatic in Kalk Bay...
Here are a few original photos from the "The Cape of Storms" as experienced in Kalk Bay - a little bit of perspective. lol When you look at pics like that, you would never say that you would be able to dine like this just 500 metres away... hehe! Thankfully, we experienced nothing more than a few tiny sprays. It was a wonderful afternoon - one which will definitely be repeated again in the near future... well... maybe not to the Brass Bell as we are now heading into the thick of Winter and today it is pouring buckets! But Kalk Bay also has plenty of really cosy and inviting Winter appropriate restaurants too... so perhaps we will explore those - although, having said that - Cape Town has some gloriously sunny Winter days too... so who knows ;)