East Head Café has one of the best views in Knysna, situated as it is right at the famous Heads, next to the lighthouse. With this great location, it has become a Knysna landmark and you can sit on the milkwood-shaded terrace for hours, eating or drinking cocktails (their mojitos are famous in Knysna) and watching the activity on the lagoon. A kiddies play area with toys and blackboards, is great for families with young ones. Inside the beach-house styled restaurant with its vast windows which maximise the views, a wood burning fireplace creates a warm and cosy ambience on cold winter days.
The menu is simple and dishes are made using the best local produce available. Owner Jerome Simone, who previously put the popular Cruise Café on the map, chooses his staff carefully and it shows in the efficient service from the reception and waiting staff. And, of course, in the food.
East Head Café caters for all tastes and a kiddies menu includes French toast, a burger, fish, calamari, chicken strips and toasted sandwiches all served with chips. A variety of flavoured milkshakes and a quirky desert described as ‘very cool ice cream in a paper cup with chocolate sauce’ adds interest.
For adults there’s a breakfast menu served until 12h00, but the staff usually oblige if you sleep in on a Sunday and arrive with a craving for the favourite, eggs hollandaise. Or get healthy and order a smoothie and warm oats porridge. I can also personally recommend the three egg omelette with Italian salami, blue cheese & sautéed mushrooms.
The salads and vegetarian dishes are tempting in their simplicity and freshness. If you want something more substantial, try Thai chicken & cashew nut curry with poppadams & basmati rice; grilled sirloin steak & chips served with wholegrain mustard hollandaise; deep fried calamari strips with chips and home-made tartar sauce; or Cajun style grilled fish with roasted vegetables, chips and garlic butter sauce. The legendary deep fried fish with its deliciously crisp batter, served with chips and home-made tartar sauce remains a firm favourite.
East Head Café is fully licensed and the wine list offers a selection of some fine South African wines, some of which are available by the glass.