Live Bait is in the Kalk Bay harbour, next to Polana and underneath Harbour House. It used to be called Ek ‘n Jy. I ate there one evening last week.
When we arrived we saw some people we knew and went over to their table to say hello. While we were at their table, I was completely distracted by how fantastic the two salads they were sharing looked. The first thing I did when I received a menu was check out the salads and ordered one (R55). Rocket, crispy bacon,bella rosa tomatoes, avo and parmesan salad. Tossed in wholegrain mustard vinaigrette and fresh herbs. Served with garlic rubbed croutons, green peas, basil mayo and a soft-boiled egg. It was awesome.
For mains, I had the linefish which was Yellowtail (R95), served with mediterranean vegetables. It was good and it was fresh but I wouldn’t say it was the best I’ve ever had. My dining partner had the mussels (R68) in a creamy sauce and she seemed pleased with her choice. We drank wine by the glass, I didn’t look at the wine list but their wine by the glass options were pretty good.
Service was not great. We often found ourselves waving our hands, desperately trying to get some attention. It’s one thing when the waiters neglect you because they are really busy, but it’s quite annoying when you can see the waiters standing around staring into space but can’t get their attention without having to get up and walk to the other side of the restaurant.
One of the nice things about eating at any of those restaurants in the Kalk Bay harbour is the views, and Live Bait is no exception. We were seated at the window overlooking the harbour and even at night, it’s a lovely scene to look out on. Live Bait is a casual alternative to Harbour House and a little cheaper too. The menu is smaller and less sophisticated but the quality of the food is good.
Kalk Bay harbour
Tel: 021 788 5755