Friday, August 5, 2011

Discovering Black Oyster Catcher, Elim

When it's raining and miserable during the Western Cape's winters, its an ideal time to go exploring in the countryside.  The Agulhas area (Tip of Africa) has so much more to offer than just the little town itself and the lighthouse.  Just a short drive from there, you'll find a road to the sleepy town of Elim (See next blog about Elim).  Anyway, on the way to Elim, you'll find a delightful wine estate and restaurant, the Black Oyster Catcher.

Wide open spaces and long walls stacked with local stone invited us in.


Some interesting info about The Black Oyster-catcher is that their land has been dedicated to conservation and that their property forms part of the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area (SMA), the first venture of its kind in the country. 25 Landowners, including those wine farms that make up the Elim wine ward, are working together to manage their land collectively. By combining agriculture and biodiversity conservation, all who live in the area, benefits.  Mr Dirk Human, founder, owner and wine-maker of the boutique wines at the Black Oystercatcher, is also the Chairman (and a founding member) of the Nuwejaars Wetland. More about the conservation of the area here

Inside the Oyster Catcher, the decor was 'eg-Kaaps' (typical Cape Dutch) - welcoming and warm.

This magnifficent mosaic of Johnny Depp was a quirky but stunning touch to the decor in a corner of the room.  I don't think Jack Sparrow ever looked so good!


 The entrance hall had a glass case in the floor, which, upon closer inspection ...

revealed this!


  The Menu

Chicken and Prawn Curry

and Roast Vegetable and Ricotta Bake,
both flirted with and charmed our tastebuds.

An impressive and well-kept veggie patch that no doubt contributed to our delightful lunch.

Pretty place, pretty food, pretty atmoshpere, pretty all-round good!

Phone: +27 28 482 1618
Fax: 086 666 7954
Cell: 072 460 2602

More about delightful Elim can be found here
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1 comment:

  1. Lovely posting about a lovely place, well worth a visit. Yum!


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