West Coast Seafood at its Best At Cafe Orca

Contact Info

+27 21 553 4120
Their Website
88 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand

I had a sudden fit of conscience the other day and decided that I may just consider changing to a vegetarian diet. But then I realised that I couldn't live on bread (and pasta and cheese and veggies) alone, so I decided that being a Pescatarian might be the answer (not an Episcopalian, which is a whole other conversation). And quite honestly I don't think that the adjustment would be that difficult, although saying goodbye to pork ribs and bacon would be tough. Fortunately there are plenty of great fish restaurants in Cape Town to help me survive the transition, which is what brings us to today's find. Cafe Orca is an institution and rightly so - with amazing views and fab food you can't possibly go wrong!

The hubby and I had heard rave reviews about Cafe Orca but just hadn't found the time to pop through; luckily a date night opportunity presented itself and we decided to drive through to Melkbosstrand. The weather was perfect, considering that Cafe Orca faces the beach, and our outdoor table provided us with a panoramic view of the sun setting across the bay. We were greeted with great warmth and the service continued in this vein for the entire evening - efficient and friendly. Apparently Cafe Orca is well known for its platters but we decided to try a couple of individual menu items coupled with a few specials-of-the-day dishes; hubby tucked into delicious Peri-Peri Chicken livers (served in a spicy tomato salsa - R49) whilst my starter consisted of Crayfish tails stacked on top of crumbed polenta, served with a lip-smacking sauce (R89). I opted for the absolutely delicious Kingklip Alaska (topped with Smoked Salmon and a creamy garlic sauce - R129) and Mr M went with the Tuna special - Tuna Cakes topped with Tuna Skewers (served with hollandaise sauce - R139). The food was so rich and delicious that we could only squeeze in a Dom Pedro for dessert!

Cafe Orca is definitely a place we will come back to, either for date night or for a leisurely family dinner. The cafe is incredibly popular so bookings are absolutely essential (especially on weekends and for dinner). Cafe Orca is open six days a week (closed Mondays) for both lunch and dinner, with only lunch being served on Sundays. Contact them by using the details provided in the pink box on the top right corner of this post.

by Phil

Your comments...

20 January 2015 at 12:02 pm
Melissa Naidoo Upon your recommendation, we visited Orca & I must say the reasonably priced food is DIVINE & views are AMAZING!! Will def go back & most def worth the drive!!
11 November 2014 at 02:41 pm
Veronica Engelbrecht Both me & my husband love eating there - just down the road from our home and view stunning - especially when there is a beautiful sunset to watch.
11 November 2014 at 01:05 pm
Verena Stefanie Papsch I LOVE Cafe Orca especially when they have the delicious Blue Nose fish in stock. The calamari tentacles with Cajun spice are always a winner too. Now I'm hungry...:)

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