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Mussel Pot on the Beach with The Secret Adventurer

The Secret Adventurer Henk Brand is pretty good at keeping secrets, specifically where to find the most secluded, picturesque beaches in Cape Town. But guess what? He’s also a firm believer in the sharing-is-caring principle and quite happy to take like minded, adventurous foodies along on his covert missions, cooking them an epic seafood feast on a secluded beach as the sun goes down.

Highlights

  • Adventure walk along the beach
  • Swimming/rock jumping (optional and based on water conditions)
  • Off-the-beaten track location and ocean views
  • Gourmet mussel pot, snacks and drinks

Overview

Ever went to your favourite beach for sundowners only to be sandblasted to smithereens, or for an after-work swim, only to find the water choppy and horrible? Henk knows Cape Town’s beaches like the back of his hand, which means that on any given day, he’s clued up on which ones are South Easter proof, best for a dip when the sun goes down, and most importantly, the ideal spot for al fresco feasting.

That’s why the venue of each of his beach kitchen experiences is different. He also adapts each outing to your fitness levels, so whether you’re into scrambling over rocks or more of a leisurely stroller, he’ll tailor make the experience to suit your needs.

Once you’ve ambled – or scrambled – to your secret destination, Henk and his wife Suna will set up a magical beach kitchen and dining area – think fluffy throws, twinkling fairy lights, colourful bunting and lanterns – putting some wine and virgin G&Ts on ice.

As Henk gets on with preparing your mussel potjie (choose beforehand between his legendary Asian inspired mussels with coconut milk, lemongrass, chilli and coriander, or an Italian take with tomato, chilli, garlic and loads of fresh basil) you’re free to sip wine, brave a snorkel in the icy Atlantic or go for a spot of rock jumping into the ocean if you’re really adventurous. Once your appetite is nice and whetted, it’s as simple as tucking into a delicious dinner, served with plenty of locally sourced artisanal bread for mopping up the scrumptious sauce, while you watch the sun set over yet another beautiful day in Cape Town. Not half bad, we say!

Details

  • Included
  • Not Included
  • Important Information
  • Itinerary
  • Gourmet mussel pot, bread and snacks
  • A drink of your choice (wine, champagne, beer or non-alcoholic drinks). Additional drinks at a surcharge, or bring your own.
  • Guided walk along the beach if guests are keen for some exploring
  • Seating, blankets and cutlery
  • Swimming gear and towels
  • Transport
  • Bring comfortable shoes to walk on rocks or slippery, wet terrain
  • Confirm any dietary or drink requirements
  • Water conditions may impact foraging (if so, local fresh mussels will be purchased on the same day before the experience starts)
  • A minimum number of 6 bookings is required for this experience to take place. Maximum 25 people. If the minimum number of bookings is not achieved you will be offered a change of date, or full refund.

17h00: Meet at the parking lot (or the Bootleggers Coffee shop) in Bakoven. Introduction about the experience and safety rules.
17h10: Adventure walk starts (routes differ depending on weather and client’s requests). We will forage for mussels (if water conditions and tides allow us) and spend time getting to know the area.
18h00: Arrive at the Beach Kitchen spot (either rocks or sand – depending on the weather).
18h00: Welcome drinks (sundowners) are served together with snacks. Brave souls can take a dip in the ocean and jump from rocks or chill on the beach and enjoy their beverages.
18h15:  I start preparing the food while guests continue socialising.
18h30: Mussels are served with fresh, locally baked bread and more drinks.
19h30: We wrap up the evening and head home. I will ensure all guests are safely in Ubers/cars before I leave.

What eatsplorers are saying

Have found the most unusual and interesting experiences. Look forward to many more!

Julia Fourie
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Michele

19 October '18

Just wanted thank you for recommending the Mussel Experience…it was awesome!
Henk and Suna were the perfect hosts and made the evening an unforgettable one! Our friends were so impressed and I'm sure we will definitely do it again.
Thanks for a great website….we are definitely going to try some of the other experiences offered.

Mussel Pot on the Beach with The Secret Adventurer

Mussel Pot on the Beach with The Secret Adventurer
Bakhoven, Cape Town