It was a perfect sunny winter day. Kalk Bay harbour was heaving with activity – whales breaching in the ocean off the harbour wall, people strolling down the harbour wall watching fishermen casting their lines over the side while men on the fishing boats pottered around preparing for their next trip to sea.

Live Bait is a perfect reason why I live in Cape Town. It is located right next to the sea at Kalk Bay’s quaint fishing harbour. The ocean could not be closer … when the weather is bad the waves crash onto the huge picture windows that look out over False Bay. On the other side, you can enjoy the fynbos encrusted mountains overlooking Kalk Bay village.

Live Bait is an informal place specialising in seafood and light meals. Sister restaurant, Harbour House, upstairs offers a more formal a la carte menu.

On this visit most of us tucked into platters of sushi. They were out of tuna, so the selection of fish was a bit disappointing but the salmon sashimi was fresh and quite delicious. One friend wanted something more filling and went for the hake and chips.

For starters I ordered the Live Bait salad. This is one of my favourite salads around – mixed greens with bacon bits, green peas, crutons, boiled egg, parmesan shavings, avo … hmmm, the best in salad ingredients!

Be warned, we booked ahead for lunch because Kalk Bay gets very busy over the weekend.I knew the restaurant is always packed on weekend and holiday days. Kalk Bay is the ideal destination for a day out and everyone knows it. Once you’ve done exploring the harbour, the village is a short stroll away. This is shoppers’ heaven but things are not cheap.

We popped into Cape to Cuba for a quick drink before heading off. The Che beach bar is an informal addition to the Cuban restaurant. The mojitos were just the thing for a sunny afternoon lazing outside in the sunshine.

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