Noordhoek is underrated. Apart from its lovely long sandy beach made famous by the film Ryan's Daughter, it offers a rural and peaceful setting for families and other non city slickers. When Franck of La Colombe fame came to this little village, he brought with him classy food and home made bread. The villagers love him. And so The Food Barn was born. Our visit last Sat was a a superbly orchestrated one - the sun was shining, the children not so noisy, the nearby restaurants filled with just the right amount of people, and the parking lot was just about full. We brought our dog with us, and sat on the left hand side of the covered patio, away from the playground and the other diners. He (our dog) loved the attention too - a fresh water bucket, and his own furry bed. The summer menu is tempting but 3 courses for lunch was a little too much. Also it would mean more alcohol, which is never a wise idea. So we opted for the a la carte. Our seafood starters were sensational (see photos). Need I say more? My partner's filet steak was sublimely prepared - medium rare to perfection. My ox tripe was an adventure because I never cook it at home. And it was OK. A bit watery and not enough oomph. I prefer the other (late) Frank (Swainston of Uitsig)'s chilly version. Still, I enjoyed the green salad, and the lovely wine. The setting could not be better. The waiter James was charming and attentive. The manager came out to greet us and the other staff members came to see if the dog needed more attention. What a marvellous place.
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