My usual mission is to secure the oysters. David's is to pop the champagne corks into the garden (he can hit a yucca at 15 meters even on a windy day). And the e-mails start to fly back and forth a month or two in advance. "We'll be there on such and such date - you're getting the oysters ready, right? Don't forget the champagne!" The anticipation builds...
A call in advance call to owner Hein Eksteen (082 412 9754) ensures you'll have them open and waiting on the half shell when you get there. They are clean - absolutely no grit or bits of shell - and they still have their slightly briney liquor which brings the flavour alive.
Hein knocks a bit of the price the more you order so the "per oyster price" for 12 is a bit cheaper than 6, and well, the 24 we had were a steal at just 15 rand a piece. And they were absolutely sensational - each and every single one of them. They had a soft but firm texture (I know that description seems incongruous, but somehow that's possible with oysters) and fantastic, fresh, mild flavour. I think both oyster "veterans" as well as tentative "newbies" would love them (they are not "challenging" like some stronger varieties).
Well, fortunately for you, after a bit of arm-twisting, Hein relented and handed over a couple of his menus which I brought home and scanned.
Here's what's on offer as of 18 Jan 2016 (one caveat from me: if you happen to have stumbled upon this blog post 20 years from now, the menu and prices may have changed slightly...):
So, do yourself a favour, give Hein a call on 082 412 9754 and have your own oyster fest - or drop by and enjoy a meal or drink while you relax on their picturesque outdoor patio next to the river. It's idyllic.