I can feel the Kalk Bay locals cursing me and I confess to a moments hesitation, but your happiness dear friends will be my reward.
As in the best surprises, it was totally unexpected- Cafe Olympia's menu didn't inspire us, the art teacher suggested the new tapas bar next door- glancing at the chalk board menu I shook my head and thought that these are all authentic Spanish tapas, if not made properly, they'll be awful.
And then I heard it- quick paced chatter....in Spanish!.....glancing upwards- be still my beating heart-
A flutter of excitement started in my belly and very quickly worked it's way to my excited taste buds.
Let's just say we've been twice in 2 days and have had everything on the menu except for the Spanish omelette, paella and prawns (I have never felt this tragic over my allergy)
Two Octupus dishes...oh heaven! The 'house special' tapas and the croquette- don't even get me started, but the highlight, which leaves no doubt as to the experience at play in this kitchen... the rice pudding- so perfect it's the only dessert on the menu.
It's an open kitchen, so you see the wonderful Spanish lady at work...mostly very fast- punctuated by flares of fire from the pans, but not to busy to smile and wave a warm greeting.
Young ladies.....be sure to order the Serrano ham and watch as the charming and very efficient young manager meticulously sharpens his knife then proceeds to the ritual of carving wispy thin layers of jamon..
They are open from 12 pm and kitchen closes at 10 pm - you might have to stand, but it'll be worth it.
A drive by from the art teacher on each day