The Red Herring is a ‘Deep South’ institution. I often say that we’re all about the #localislekker, especially when eating out, and you couldn’t get any more ‘local’ or ‘lekker’ when looking for a spot for some sun downers than The Red Herring in Noordhoek.
Yes. We all hear of these people who grow up in a small town, where every knows every one, who knows everyone else, right? Well. I did grow up in a small (and getting smaller) town. The wonderful local couple who own this great spot went to school with my uncles. My dad was the head chef for a while. My sister worked there for a couple of months. And I went to school with the general manager. Like I say, we come from a small town. Which has it’s advantages, mind you.
Made famous for the wood-fired pizzas over the years, The Red Herring has recently expanded their Beach Bar menu, again, to include some of the most thoughtful dishes, catering to everyone’s eating habits. I’ve been a few times since they have updated the menu, and have been really impressed with each meal that has been put down in front of me – from tapas to pizza to pasta. As a ‘difficult eater’, restaurants don’t often have many choices for you on the menu (and we HATE having to change meals to be able to eat, nobody likes to fuss, and waiters seem to often get the order wrong).
This visit was as good as any other. We sat upstairs on the deck of the Beach Bar, over looking the Milkwood forest, onto a sun-drenched Noordhoek Beach. We were going to treat ourselves to cocktails (which are always lovely to indulge in on a warm, summer’s Cape Town Saturday), but I went the ‘ rosé all day ‘ route with a lovely Lourensford Estate wine instead, as usual. I decided to have the Asian Goodness again (what can I say, I’m a creature of habit, especially when the food is amazing!), which was packed with mushrooms and fresh wok-fried veg, served with the a pile of Vietnamese vermicelli rice noodles. Great portion size, and covered in the perfect amount of a teriyaki & sweet Indonesian soya sauce and toasted seeds.
If I’m feeling for a snack or starter, usually go for the chili poppers, garlic marinated olives, butternut spring rolls (which are served with a sweet plum sauce) or the deep-fried Camembert – which are just some of the delicious tapas options to snack on. With so many choices, I can honestly say it is always hard to choose a meal here – so will definitely have to go back sometime soon.
Follow The Red Herring on social: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. To book your table, call +27 21 789 1783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The venue has four areas you can sit and dine in, so depending on the weather, your view is going to change. You’ll find them on the corner of Beach and Pine Roads in Noordhoek, Cape Town. Friendly dogs welcome! There’s more than enough safe parking around the area, but please remember to respect the neighbours when you leave in the evenings, as the restaurant is situated in a residential area.