Restaurant Review: Salt & Copper

I took my folks and a follower-friend to a new place that opened its doors during the week called Salt & Copper, based just outside Hartenbos, Mossel Bay.

We were met at the door by the hostess, Samantha, who gave us menus, and said she’d get our waiter. We perused the menus for about 10 minutes. The food options look delicious, with dishes available for both the carnivorous human, as well as the herbivorous ones. The dessert options sound sinfully good too.

Menu 1

Menu 2

Menu 3

There is a extensive wine list, featuring wines for all tastes from local wineries, as well as a great gin selection. There are also gin and wine tastings available as well as pairings for both. Prices are in line with what you would expect to pay at a mid-level to up-market restaurant.

Wine List

Gin & Cocktails

Pairings & Kids Menu

Sadly, the service left us wanting – we tried to get someone’s attention three times to no avail. Eventually our waiter came along and apologized, stating that it was his first day. There were more than enough staff on the floor (many of them behind the counter), but it is clear that some are still very unsure of themselves, and while I understand that teething problems are to be expected, I’ve lived in Mossel Bay long enough to know that bad service is not going to go down well with the often-impatient holiday makers that will be flooding in from up North later this month.

On the positive side:

The quips on the menu: “Unsupervised children will be sold to the circus…” got a chuckle out of me, as did “Champaign ice cubes” because Champaign is a city in the US State of Illonois. Champagne is what I think they meant to say. Proofreading is important, particularly when you’re presenting such a chic, swanky image.

The building itself has an industrial feel about it, but is very stylishly decorated, with various seating options, lovely glassware and striking copper items against dark, charcoal-like walls. It’s hip and trendy.

What’s also great to see is a spekboom (called an Elephant Bush, or in some instances a Pork Bush) in English on each table. It is referred to in many circles as a miracle plant and it is waterwise too, an added bonus given the water restrictions in our area.


Setting 2


Table decor

Decor 2

We didn’t stay long, having only hot beverages as we had a reservation for lunch elsewhere.

Hot Beverages

** Menu, Wine, Gin and Hot Beverages Images from Salt and Copper’s webpage **

The tea was served in delightful glass teapots, but there were no teaspoons on the saucers. The only one that received a teaspoon with her drink was the cappuccino-drinker in our group. These small details need to enjoy more attention.


The cappuccino had by my follower-friend was very tasty. My beetroot latte was deliciously hot, but a little too spicy (in comparison with those I’ve enjoyed at establishments in Wilderness and Knysna) for my personal taste. I love the cup in which it was served.

Beetroot Latte & Cappucino

There are play amenities outside to keep kids busy – one for 0-4 years, and another for bigger kids. There is also a large chessboard for those enthusiasts wanting to exercise their strategic brains into a good ol’ checkmate.


I do hope that things will improve, because its close proximity to home and variety of food and drink make it the ideal place to support. Honestly though, if I’m going to pay between R125 and R155 for a main meal, I do expect good service as well and unfortunately, our short experience yesterday left a slightly bitter taste in my mouth.

With that said, I am a believer in second chances, so will visit once the Silly Season is over (but it will have to be on a weekend, given the odd operating hours:

Sun-Thurs 08:00 – 17:00

Fri-Sat 08:00 – 22:00

In the Season it will undoubtedly be profitable to trade during these hours, given the setting, but what about the locals who work (both in and out of season) who would like to have an enjoyable dinner during the week?

My suggestion is that the business hours be revisited – possibly open later during the week (my suggestion would be round 10:00 and shut shop at 20:30).


That’s my R91.00 worth, with a star rating of 2 ½ out of 5.

Winter Solstice

Today signals the shortest day and the longest night in the Southern Hemisphere.  Part of me is grateful, because I detest waking up when it’s still dark and that within in an hour of me getting home from work, it’s dark again.  With climate change though, I will admit that we’ve not had much of a winter.  Sure, there’ve been a few cold-, sometimes wet snaps, but nothing that would qualify as a season.

One thing about the winter that I can say I appreciate, is the sunrises.  This was today’s.


God’s Light is Everywhere; He will Never Break His Promise

Genesis 9:13
“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”

(New International Version, 1984)

This picture doesn’t need more words than the simple, solid promise above.


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Memories of 2010

I popped down to the beach for a while today – I sat in the car just watching the waves, thinking about things past and despite 2010 being a year I’m glad to have in the past, the positives far outweighed the negatives.

I saw some interesting things, went to new places and met some cute kids…

Here are some of the photographic memories I have from last year:

(Captions below the photos…)

I took this photo on my way home from work one evening.

This picture was taken during a Sunday lunch Mom, Elizabeth and I had.  I actually tried to catch the rock rabbits (locally called dassies) that were sunning themselves on the rocks, but they didn’t come out.  Still, the view is gorgeous, don’t you think?

This is little Felix, one of Rachel’s many feline children.  She is a mischievous little queen that I absolutely adore.  That pot plant is one of her favourite toys.

When I was still at the farm Linda and I had to go to the main farm in Hermanus for training.  This was taken during that visit.  I posed under the sign because “Fick” is my last name.  We never actually went down to Fick’s pool because we were delayed in our departure.  I will have to go back there one day…

Allan and I got to see the Netherlands vs Cameroon live at the Cape Town Stadium during the FIFA 2010 World Cup.  We had fantastic tickets, 10 rows from the front, right behind the Dutch dugout.  The atmosphere was electric.  Definitely one of the highlights, and if it wasn’t for Dad, it wouldn’t have been possible.

Some woman lost her knickers in the bushes on the road past the Table Mountain Cable Way, or maybe some naughty monkeys stole them…

This is John – he is the little tyke I mentioned in my post yesterday.  At the time of the photo he was just over two months old and he is already crawling.  He is such a content, boisterous little boy.  Real Ladies’ Man as you can see here – he had Sandra eating out of his hand.

This sow and her piglets got into the raspberry fields and had a feast.  Sandra spent half her morning chasing them.  Once they had their fill they trotted off in single file, back to where ever they had come from.

This is another one of the pack house staff’s children.  Her name is Sheila.  At first I thought the cat had her tongue, but once she started talking she didn’t stop.  She drew me a pretty picture the day she came to the office.

This seagull tried to steal the chips off my plate during one of my and Anne’s mid-morning wine drinking sessions.

Guinea fowl moseying about at the Signal Hill lookout point.  The weather that day was gorgeous.

and last, but not least…

a winter’s sunrise one morning on my way to the farm.

So, there are a few of my memories of 2010 – I hope you enjoyed seeing them as much as I enjoyed sharing them.