Muisbosskerm – the West Coast Feast

15 Jan

Muisbosskerm is a west coast gem, literally off the beaten track (you have to pay a toll to use the railway service dirt road) between Elands Bay and Lamberts Bay.  On a whim it became our party of 12’s Old Year’s Day lunch destination, although “lunch” is hardly a sufficient way to describe the feast that came our way.  At R185 a head (sans crayfish) it’s a steal for an all-you-can-eat buffet that takes no less than 3 hours to get through at a push (and who wants to rush anyway?).


It’s an outdoor restaurant with picnic-style tables right above the sand and the buffet table right in the centre of the hive of cooking, braai’ing, stirring and serving.  The utensil for everything is a mussel shell (or fingers) and the plates are paper like at any proper braai (no washing up!).  Fruit, salads and more fish and meat than you can imagine kept appearing out of pots and off grids to fill the gaps left by the hungry hoards. Every time someone at our table got up to refill their plate they’d report back on what was newly added to the buffet (“mielies!”, “Tuna steaks!”) prompting a general exodus to investigate despite groans of being too full already.  The seafood paella, yellowtail, tuna steaks, the fresh farm bread and the koeksisters at the end were my favourites.  More dubious (in my opinion) offerings included bokkom (dried, bony, biltongy fish) and tripe curry (which several people actually enjoyed until they realised what it was!) The soetpatat was more like jam than potatoe.  The less fishy-minded in our group enjoyed venison & waterblommetjie stew, fillet steak and even fried chicken.

Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera, but some gorgeous pics of the day can be found on Saturday Girl SA’s blog where she took a break from fashion to record our feast.  All this enjoyed overlooking a beautiful, shell-wrecked beach in the sunshine, a glass of chilled white in hand and surrounded by good company.  A perfect goodbye to 2010.

One Response to “Muisbosskerm – the West Coast Feast”

  1. Koos en Engela October 7, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    Ek is nou een mail n soet tand. Ons was in September 2013 daar en die patats was vir my ongelooflik lekker, gelukkig was daar baie anders het niemand gekry nie. Die koos is fantasties voor berei en ek raai enige een aan om daar te eet! Dankie julle dit was bak!

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