Passionate about food and history, Elmarie Leonard created this restaurant to preserve the area's fast-disappearing old recipes. It's her way of paying homage to the different nationalities that helped shape the West Coast. The restaurant is in an old homestead dating to 1761, when it served as an outpost for people making the hard trip inland. Today the trip is a lot easier, but diners are still thrilled to tuck into Geelbek's venison carpaccio, fragrant Malay curry,
and venison pie. If the stuffed harders (mullet) are on the menu, don't hesitate. These fish are filled with cheese, onions, and breadcrumbs, then wrapped in bacon and grilled. The combination is fantastic. If you're adventurous, try the snoek roe, which is deep-fried in beer batter. It's a local delicacy, commonly known as West Coast caviar. This is also a great place for tea. The lemon-meringue pie stands a mile high, and the chocolate cake is delicious. You can sit in the garden or on the veranda and watch the weaver birds go crazy in the nearby trees.
West Coast National Park, Box 520, Langebaan, 7357, South Africa