Day four and Camps Bay in the rain. Camps Bay is heralded as THE beach to see and to be seen hence the restaurants huddled around the bay are quite upbeat looking with new looking decor and a host of staff. Usually frenetically busy, Camps Bay was almost deserted other than a few tourists like me looking for something to get them out of the rain.
Ocean Blue chose me as their diner by having one of those engaging door staff who thrusts a menu into your hand and suggests that dining with them could be the turning point in your life! I was going to check out menus down the street but dry and warm seemed a far better proposition with the banter from the friendly doorman. The menu had the ubiquitous variety of grills, fish and steak and lobster etc. Specials were pointed out, one being “surf and turf” with sirloin steak and grilled calamari at R9.00 which is about £8.00. Although not a great lover of huge chunks of meat and little else I do love a bargain so ordered S&T. When it arrived I was pleasantly surprised at the excellent quality of the beef and calamari, both in massive quantity and very tasty. The beef was suffering slightly from the malaise that had struck my kinklip, it was tepid and a tad on the raw side so was sent back (no sushi bar here!). It returned with an apology and the right temperature.
Service at Ocean Blue couldn’t have been more different than my La Boheme experience. Having said that it wasn’t rude, it just wasn’t there! Once the meal order had been taken and food delivered there was not one bit of interaction with guests. Staff appeared to be working at half speed, perhaps in order to fill their day as it was so quiet. It was a strange mix as the chap on the door couldn’t have been more upbeat and pleasant. It would be interesting to return here when the sun is shining and the place is packed. Would the special be such a bargain? Would the staff have upped their game? Could the less efficient service be because they don’t have the regular clientele as does La Boheme? Could it be that customers just fall into the place during the season? I will probably never know.