Day 3 of our family getaway, we are leaving town today but we are faced with 2 options: have lunch in Langebaan then go home or have lunch closer to home when we don’t have to drive the 120 km.
But after the tripadvisor reviews, I had to try Friday Island restaurant. Especially since the reviews were going on about their stunning sea views, the child friendliness of place. Other than our guest house, the places we’ve eaten at have not been the child friendliest.
You know what gets on my nerves though about the child-friendliness of restaurants? It is the general assumption or even intolerance to single moms/dads or families.
When I decided to have a child, I don’t remember signing a document saying I give away any rights or privileges to eat good food in fine establishments. Unless I leave my child at home, which is difficult for single parents, when there’s no one to leave them with! Who says children can’t fine dine? My son has a very sophisticated palate FYI. I think every restaurant should cater for children, regardless of standards!
Ok, with that off my chest, let’s go back to Friday Island restaurant with hopes it’s as advertised. I asked a plastics shop owner at the mall where he eats around town, he told me Friday Island and that they serve the best Fish and Chips on the West Coast. I was happy to hear this since our lunch reservations were already made.
It was quite easy to find the place, right where it’s meant to be as per GPS directions.
First impressions: we see a beach house accomodation. It looks a bit juvenile, ‘college studenty’, we have to walk past the corridor of the rooms to get to the restaurant. The rooms look like a little upgrade from hostel living. Granted I am a harsh critic when it comes to hotel/holiday accomodation without crisp white linen.
We make our way into the restaurant and it looks relaxed, a pub feel to it. Until I see the brilliant sea views. It’s not just views, the restaurant is on the beach and there’s grass and space for children to run around if they don’t want to go into the water.
I see the fish board and I’m impressed by the variety of fish they serve. I have not even tried some of them, the food whiz I think I am😳! Obviously I have to order fish, but before we get to that I’m intrigued by the selection of their cocktails. I order one named: ‘call me a cab’. 3 different spirits but I’m sold by the pineapple juice and my husband is driving us home, so no limits😀.
It turns out super delicious, can’t taste the alcohol at all, which is both a good and bad thing.
The verdict: my son’s calamari is well seasoned and tender but my angel fish tastes watery, like it wasn’t completely defrosted before it was pan seared. The actual meat of the fish is so fresh, pity really the cooking was not up to par. My husband’s Alfredo; average, nothing to sing and dance about. But my husband enjoyed the fluffy cake of the day!
It didn’t help with all the child friendliness we were looking so forward to, our son decided it was nap time as we got there. But he could lie down on their cushioned benches, quite comfortably actually.
Findability– 9/10. It was where it was meant to be per GPS directions but there’s poor signage when you get to the location.
Location– 10/10- simply Perfect!
Food– 6/10. Good produce, poor execution- this is the worst!
Service– 8/10- it was good, waiter always there but no charisma or warmth.
Ambience– 8/10. As much as the initial feel was pub-like, soon enough tables were filled with families, young and old. Completely changed the atmosphere.
Overall rating– 8,5/10
I will definitely give them another chance, could’ve been a case of a bad day for the cook. I need to try every fish on that menu.
I wouldn’t call it the best fish and chips in the West Coast, unless the standard is low, but Recommended!😊