My aunt treated us to a Sunday lunch at The Noisy Oyster in Paternoster for her birthday. It's a quaint little place, with quirky décor, like the umbrellas in the featured image above.
We drove quite a way to get there, so when we arrived, we all tucked in to a much-needed glass of wine. We had the Protea Sauvignon Blanc. I like this wine mostly because it tastes nice (gooseberry, guava and passion fruit, followed by lemon and pineapple flavours), but also because it looks pretty, and is reasonable priced.
Now, being called The Noisy Oyster, one should naturally try the oysters. I wasn't too sure about them. The ones I've had previously literally tasted like sea water and sand (eew). So I just tried two at R15 each (see below), and they were actually really nice. The fact that they were fresh and cold also helped! I added everything to them (lemon juice, salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce) and I must say, I did enjoy them. (The jury is still out on whether I could manage more than two though!)
For the main course, I decided to have a Calamari stater, as I wanted to have space for the Crème Brûlée (of course). I was quite disappointed in the starter though. It was made up of wok tossed tubes and tentacles with Cajun spice, olives and chorizo with tsatziki, for R65 (see below). I guess I just expected more for the R65.
There were quite a few tasty looking main courses, though. The Seafood Laksa looked amazing! Although it was R220, it consisted of half a crayfish, prawns, fish, calamari, calamari tentacles and mussels in a thick, spicy coconut broth, with noodles (see below).
Another tasty main course was the Pan Roasted Red Roman and Sea Bass Fillet for R155 (see below). It was served with potato, bacon, leek, tarragon, mussels and carrot smoor.
For dessert, as usual, I had the Crème Brûlée for R45. It was served with a berry compote (see below). I quite enjoyed it, but found the presentation was a bit clumsy - instead of being in a bowl, I'd have preferred it if the two small dishes were next to each other on a flat plate.
If you're not into seafood, they also do a really nice steak (see below). The Flame Grilled Chalmer Sirloin (R160) is served with skinny fries, Béarnaise sauce, mustard and tossed salad.
Contact: 022 752 2196
Address: 62 St Augustine Rd, Paternoster, 7381, West Coast, South Africa, 7381