Belgian Dutch seafront restaurant, De Brasserie, is an extension of the Van Almenkerk family business, whose other endeavor is a wine farm in the Elgin district, aptly named Almenkerk (Read my review here).
Dutch born Joris Van Almenkerk gave up the restaurant business in Belgium 15 years ago, but seeing as winemaker and son Joep and his wife Natalie, are doing such a great job at the Elgin farm, it was decided that their cellar door restaurant would open its doors on the other side of the mountain – with Joris at the helm.
In keeping with the beautiful design aesthetic of Almenkerk, De Brasserie is an upmarket modern-european space with quality finishes and lots of attention to detail. A magnificent white marble bar serves as focal point, doubling up as the perfect place to wait for a table, sample a few Belgian beers and snack on some typically dutch bitterballen, toast cannibale, rilettes and satay, to name but a few.
The menu offers both Dutch/Belgian and european options. A daily selection of inspired chef specials supplements the moules-and-frites, croquettes, tartare and stoofvleis on the ala Carte menu, with steaks, fish and salads ensure something for every taste and appetite. View the menu
Service is friendly, and the wine list is local (Botrivier, Hermanus, Elgin, Stellenbosch) with Almenkerk wines dominating as the house selection.
The x-factor of De Brasserie is most probably a combination of all of the above paired with the grand sea views from the floor to ceiling glass windows and verandah seating, and last but not least, the surprise ‘cake’ plate which accompanies all coffee orders and had me very glad I didn’t order dessert too!
160 Beach Road, Strand
021 853 3833
Wed – Sun: 11h00 – 23h45