During the course of our West Coast holiday, we ventured to Paternoster late one morning to have lunch at Die Winkel op Paternoster, better known as Oep ve Koep. We’d read all about Chef Kobus van der Merwe, making a name for himself as a culinary forager, each morning collecting “veldkos” on the beach before serving his finds at lunch or supper. You will find various edible seaweeds, dune spinach and sea lettuce on his menu. The day we visited we tasted snoekkuite, soutslaai and summer ice plants ("vygies"). His food is beautifully presented, from the bread starter with bokkoms flavoured butter and syrupy naartjie to the oysters served on rocks. Edible flowers made the tomato consommé with lobster almost too pretty to eat. Our taste buds can testify to a very interesting culinary experience!!
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