an institution in kalk bay

 I love Kalk Bay! It just seems to get better.  There are so  many little treasure trove places to visit its a mini adventure everytime I go.  I have so many ‘favourite’ places to visit when I am there, I rarely get to try any new ones, but on Saturday I got to go to Kalky’s for the first time. 

I have always seen and heard about it, but quite frankly thought it was far to grungy and greasy looking to go into.  What a pleasant surprise! I was with friends who wanted to eat fish & chips so off we went. 

very busy inside kalky's

 The place was packed and there was a steady queue at the counter.  The very generous and reasonably priced portions of battered fish and chips kept rolling out the kitchen.  All served on stainless steel plates and bowls and at wooden bench tables covered with red plastic table cloths.  Lovely! 

My friends ordered grilled yellowtail (which is green on the SASSI list), fishcakes and a salad which comes with an olive oil and coriander, pesto type dressing (which I thought was quite impressive given the surrounds), and everything was delicious (I had a little sample of each). 

very fresh fish and chips

 All the fish is freshly caught and available right there at the harbour. 

One of the highlights was a very charismatic waitress ‘Gadija”. 

Gadija - a delightful waitress

  I’m looking forward to going back when I want an authentic, local fish and chips eating experience. 

kalk bay harbour
buy some fish to take home - such fun talking to the fisherman
local kids fishing in the harbour


  1. This is a “must do” when in Kalk Bay. We where there on Saturday and it was great.

  2. Kalkys not only offers great fish and chips in a working fishing harbour, but also an opportunity to mingle with the special people of Cape Town. We send many of our guests there and always receive positive feedback.

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