We heard a rumour that a café at Portland Roads was well worth visiting, with claims that it was possibly the best seafood on the Cape. We weren’t super hungry but figured that a coffee couldn’t hurt. If the café was that good, then the coffee should be excellent. We rocked up at around 10:30am and had just missed out on breakfast, so we checked out the lunch menu instead.
Most of it was seafood – prawn rolls, Greek-style calamari, and fish and chips – and they also had a selection of cakes and hot beverages. Dave went with the plunger coffee while Juz ordered the chai tea. Both were $4 and there was enough in both to get two serves. The coffee came with a little pot of milk while the chai tea was served with a dish of local honey.
It would have been silly to leave without trying some seafood so we ordered the seafood medley for $29, which included four boiled prawns, four tempura prawns and two pieces of crumbed fish with fresh lemon, tartare sauce, a crisp salad and the best damn chips we have in ages. We are happy to say that the rumours are true – best damn seafood on the Cape.
The chef came out from the kitchen to collect our crockery and when we complimented him on his chips, he told us there’s a guy who often travels over a hundred kilometres regularly just to get some of these chips! Considering how good they were, we weren’t surprised at all. We ended up having a long chat with the chef about photography, side projects and life in the tropics. Before we left, he gave us a soursop fruit from the café gardens, which we ate on our way south to the quarantine checkpoint.
We really enjoyed the food, the location and the conversation we had at Out Of The Blue Café. If you happen to find yourself out near Lockhart River or Chilli Beach, you should definitely duck in and check it out – don’t forget to try the chips!