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“Well worth the trip”
Review of Muisbosskerm

Muisbosskerm
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
286 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
“Well worth the trip”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

We booked into Muisbosskerm from Australia and made the long drive from Cape Town, Via Langabaan to Muisbosskerm . The first thing that has to be said is that you will have to drive over some well graded, but dirt roads to get here. The second this is that this place is so isolated it's not funny. There doesn't appear to be another structure or living being within miles of this place.

The last thing and probably most important, is that irrespective of points 1 and 2, you really should go here once. From your arrival at the entrance, there is something special about Muisbosskerm . I am not an avid seafood lover, but the food is sensational, served over a 2 hour period, there is something for everyone.

The setting is beautiful and we were lucky to catch it on a calm sunny day. The only negative was that the bar service left a bit to be desired, but this did not diminish our stay. Located on the west coast, not far from Lamberts Bay, this is a good 2 to 3 hours north of Cape Town, so its a full on day trip which you should do with a group of friends (we did).

The food is served with local cutlery i.e. oyster shells picked from the beach, so if this makes you uncomfortable, take your own.

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Geat fresh food in a unique setting”
Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful fresh fish and other locally cooked meals in a unique setting. A bit pricey, but a lovely way to spend an afternoon and make friends while waiting for the next round offish to be prepared. Can get a bit chilly so remember to take a windbreaker. A great experience

Visited April 2013
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Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa
Level 1 Contributor
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“The best fish you will ever eat!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

We were lucky to have a wind still night, which made the experience so much better. The setting is very rustic, but it is part of the experience, so do not expect cutlery...you eat with mussel shells!

The food is delicious. A huge variety of fish and meat dishes and you get to taste them all! Food is prepared fresh on the open fires and as dishes come out you can help yourself. Bookings are a must.

  • Visited March 2013
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent West Coast outdoor experience”
Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We went for family Sunday lunch. Wow, what a spread! At a set fee per person, good value for money. The queus do get a bit long at some times, however, a good opportunity to make friends while you wait. Rustic outdoor experience, wind gets a bit chilly. Children also enjoyed the food as the wide variety ensures there is something they like. Foods on the menu were fried angel fish, snoek, yellowtail, crayfish (on order), stir fried vegetables, salads, breads, jams, tripe, stew, paella, "koeksisters" and coffee, to name some.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
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“Stunning Location”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

The restaurant is not open every day, therefore it is extremely important to make a reservation first. They only prepare meals once 15 people or more have booked, and require a deposit on booking.

Muisbosskerm, derives it's name from a shelter being built from a bush called "Muisbos", by the native herdsman, that migrated during the different seasons to pasture and water. It is situated 5km south of Lambert's Bay on the Elands Bay Road.

At night, its best to sit inside the shelter and if need be take pictures of the beach once you've decided on your seating, as once the sun goes down it can get a little chilly, so ensure that you are dressed adequately. It is located on a beach so consider your footwear. I wore sneakers, jeans, long sleeve shirt and a jacket and was very comfortable, and took along an additional blanket, supplied by Grootvlei Guest House, where we were staying.

Speak to the staff at Muisbosskerm to ensure that you have an idea of the course servings, as the sequence of events happens quickly - and you may miss out. "Pace" yourself and take small helpings of each dish to ensure that you can enjoy the entire experience. And if you would like crayfish, order it timeously at the start or when you make your booking.

  • Visited March 2013
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