Last week I popped in to enjoy lunch at the newest La Parada restaurant in Camps Bay.
It was a glorious day made better by the fact that I had a few minutes to spare soaking up the sunshine while strolling alongside the beach and snapping a few photos like a tourist!
And then I strolled across the road – from one of the best beaches in South Africa to a little slice of Cuba, or Morocco, or Portugal…..
La Parada Del Mar captures a taste of the exotic in it’s beautifully styled interiors. I loved everything about it. The fresh whitewashed walls, the glorious blue mosaic bar, the black & white Moroccan floor tiles (my current obsession!) not to mention the views from the upstairs windows – no need for art on the walls when you’re windows offer the very best views on the planet!
No doubt, this is a beautiful restaurant that perfectly complements it’s stunning location. La Parada Del Mar definitely ups the “glam” factor on the already rather shiny Camps Bay strip.
There’s a spot for everyone in this restaurant – from tables on the sidewalk where you can walk right off the beach, sand between your toes, and enjoy an al fresco lunch, to the upstairs room where the tables are big enough for groups and the more private balcony with the best view on the block!
Welcomed with a fishbowl sized cocktail, beautifully presented, we sat down to enjoy an assortment of the tapas dishes on the menu and soon found our favourites….
The Tapas menu offers an inspired selection of seafood from Charred Octopus to Seared Crusted Tuna to Grilled Calamari and Marinated Prawns. The Linefish (Yellowtail) was delicious and the mussels with white wine, garlic and grilled bread were some of the best I’ve tasted.
If you’re not a seafood fan you will certainly enjoy the Pork Rillettes, Roasted Pork Belly and the Champinones Al Ajillo commonly known as Spanish Garlic Mushrooms all served with a poached duck egg, truffle oil, pecorino and toasted bread! Heaven!
For those looking for something more substantial you can also order Lamb rump, Whole fish or Prime Beef and a host of side dishes or “Los Platos” including Charred Beans & Broccoli, Cauliflower Puree, Patatas a lo Pobre or Patatas Bravas!
I’m a firm believer in dessert and I wasn’t disappointed… Crema Catalana (a Creme Brulee equivalent) served with crunchy palmera biscuits, a baked vanilla cheesecake presented in a jam jar and, the ultimate… a coffee panna cotta paired with vanilla beach custard, toasted marshmallows and the most delicious sticky honeycomb rounded out the meal!
La Parada Del Mar
35 Victoria Road
Tel: 021 286 2106
Images: Kathryn Rossiter