The Old Man and the Older Black Marlin Restaurant

The Black Marlin is by no means previously disadvantaged. In fact, 35 years ago the only thing that matched this restaurant’s magnificent location on the turquoise waters of False Bay was its ability to deliver the finest, best and freshest seafood on the Cape Peninsula. The other places that could remotely compare were the Harbour Café and Camel Rock – in terms of marine cuisine, perhaps, but not in scenery.

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Vinho Verde Saves Fishy Tale

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A grilled Portuguese sardine is one of life’s great fishy pleasures. In South Africa one finds these critters in the freezer, each fish having been individually quick-frozen after being caught in the Atlantic off Portugal to ensure firm-fleshed and flavoursome eating.

Last week I hauled a few packs to De Wetshof for the annual sardine braai that Portuguese national Joaquim Sa and moi host for the sardine-loving De Wet family. Our sardines were packaged under the Breco brand and having been purchased at Porra-owned Fish4Africa in Woodstock, I presumed another splendid culinary evening was in store. The perfect sardines would be washed down with vinho verde while Joaquim entertained us with jokes about Portuguese nuns before bursting into tear-inducing bouts of fado song.

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