In Paternoster you are forced to take everything down a gear. Things move at their own pace here and why the hell not? It should be a good thing to slow down and take a deep breath, open your eyes and most importantly, realise how blessed you are to be able to see such wondrous settings like this restaurant housed in an 80 year old building called Gaaitjie.
A restaurant on this scale, so close to the ocean that you would be forgiven for briefly thinking you were on a boat and not still on land, could easily be a tourist trap, but luckily this was not the case. But, more than the view, or the good service, is the food that is so fresh that needs a special mention.
Our rowdy table ordered everything...from calamari, to the biggest prawns on the West Coast, to a steak that could easily feed three people. Then the desserts arrived as the sun was setting and it was the end we were all hoping for. Often desserts fall flat, but here at Gaaitjie, they were executed with such perfection, we did not feel an ounce of guilt when all the plates were left spotless at the end of our stay.
All photographs appear courtesy of Jürgen Küssow