LOOKING FOR A GREAT PE RESTAURANT?: Have you been to Salt lately?


A spur-of-the-moment lunch recently led a colleague of mine and me to one of my favourite restaurants along the ever buzzy and popular Stanley Street, in Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth – Salt.

After being warmly received by a friendly face, we were led to a table near an open window from where we could observe the bustling street outside. Still, for those wanting a more, private and quiet environment, I found they have a few cosy corners as well as a function room for small parties and meetings.

Amid the chit-chat, we also took time to admire the restaurant. Salt boasts beautiful wooden floors and a warm colour pallet of soft yellow, wine red and black. Adding to the place’s ambience are the black and white portraits of icons like Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger, and Johnny Depp which deck the walls. The tables and chairs are light wood while the bar stools are comfy black swivel chairs.

Despite the restaurant being noticeably busy at this time of the day, our waitress was very prompt and brought our menus and took our drinks order as we contemplated what to eat. The Salt menu did not make our task any easier by offering so many choices.

On offer is a wide variety of breakfasts, lunches, meals and snacks– including smoked salmon and avo wraps, cajun chicken stacks, green Thai curry, gourmet  burgers, flame grilled steaks, pizza’s and pasta’s, seafood - and  of course desserts that looked mouth-watering. Our wonderful waitress also advised us about their specials which were neatly written out on a ‘Something New Board’. 

As our lunch hour ticked away - and as we could not suppress our hunger pangs any longer, we ordered two vegetarian spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce and grilled calamari strips with tartar sauce for starters to share.

For the mains, I decided to try their brie and fig burger topped on toasted Ciabata with fries while my colleague ordered their steak brutus - a 300g rump steak with bacon, avocado and brie cheese and French fries.

A few minuteslater, we had our generous servings before us - beautifully presented, hot and cooked to perfection. Then there was silence, except for the occasional endorsing mm’s, as we tucked in and enjoyed our meals.

My colleague was very impressed, as I was, with the pricing on the Salt menu and the array of beverages offered - from milkshakes made with real fruit to cocktails, coolers, fishbowls, jars, shooters beer, wines and for that special occasion, Moet Imperial Brut Champagne.

Our charming host and owner of the Salt restaurant, Etienne Barkhuysen, also popped over at our table just to make sure that we were being taken care of.  I have always known him for being hands-on in his restaurant, often going out of his way to ensure that his patrons are happy.

With our hunger sated, we could not resist to tackle Salt’s tempting dessert menu. We chose their Chocolate Volcano, a self-saucing dessert which is not for the faint-hearted as each little eruption contains half a slab of chocolate, and their Fudge Picasso Cake, a white chocolate mousse, loaded with chunks of fudge and Cape Velvet liqueur, coated with a white chocolate ganache and painted with whirls of dark chocolate. What a way to end a great meal!

We settled the bill and still had ample time to get back to the office. So, if you are looking for a place to enjoy a great lunch without stressing about being late, Salt is your best bet - just include a minute or two for parking panic as it’s quite busy or come early to find a close parking.

From previous visits, I also found that in the mornings, they offer great coffees and serve excellent breakfasts all day. If you cannot choose from their 21 breakfast and 15 omelette options, they offer to create your own combinations. I advise you to try their coriander poached eggs and Italian cappuccinos! 

While in the morning it’s generally quiet, except for mostly business people holding informal meetings, in the evenings the Salt bar completely transforms with the buzz of soft music and a good selection of cocktails and drinks. For dinner reservations, it would be a good idea to book a table before hand as they fill up quickly.

Salt is open 7 days a week, from 7.30 am with the kitchen closing at 11pm. To try out their great food, great atmosphere and enjoy excellent service at a reasonable price, visit Stanley Street in Richmond Hill, PE, or call 041582 2402.


Photo Caption: Salt in Stanley Street, Port Elizabeth will impress your  taste buds.