Lunch with PE’s favourite clown: Salt never skips a beat

MARCH 17, 2015

Port Elizabeth is fast becoming known for its variety of established restaurateurs making their name known within the Friendly City. Some may even say that our unique variety of eateries is on par with Cape Town. This thought led my colleague and myself to the famous Stanley Street, in Richmond Hill. Those who are familiar with the area fondly call it “The Strip”.

 Without hesitation, we met at Salt for an impromptu lunch. On arrival, we were warmly received by a friendly face and led to an outside table as requested. We were delighted to see an old friend and a regular at Salt, Maoz Meiri, one of PE’s favourite and friendliest Clowns, and we invited him to join us. Our lunch just became more fun! The weather was perfect and the sun and fresh air was most welcome. For a few moments, we observed the bustling street, captivated by its vibe. For those wanting a more private and quiet environment, they have a few cosy corners as well as a function room for small parties and meetings.

In between conversation topics, we took the time to admire the restaurants authentication. 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.

Our waitress, Ally, was prompt and attentive at all times even though the restaurant was notably busy. She brought our menus and took our drinks order as we contemplated what to eat. Salt’s menu is impressive as it truly offers a vast variety of choices, which caters for everyone.

On offer is an extensive array 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 waitress also advised us about their specials, which were neatly written out on a ‘Something New Board’ at the entrance of the eatery. 

I ordered the Chilli Lindt Chocolate Steak, 300g rump steak with chilli Lindt chocolate sauce complemented by crisp French fries, I was completely intrigued and simply had to try it.

My colleague settled on the grilled hake and French fries; very good and very, very tasty.

A few minutes later, we had our generous servings before us - beautifully presented, hot and cooked to perfection. Then there was silence. Between mouthfuls, we managed to affirm how incredible our food was. Both extremely pleased with our choices, we enjoyed the meal and ambience that fills this street café.

One thing that is agreed on by all patrons is the value for money one gets at Salt. The generous fresh portions never disappoint and you can be assured you will come hungry and leave satisfied. They also offer a range of beverages - from milkshakes made with real fruit to cocktails, coolers, fishbowls, jars, shooters, beer, wines and for that special occasion, Moet Imperial Brut Champagne.

 With our hunger sated, 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 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’s 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 is 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 041 582 2402.


Photo Caption: Maoz Meiri, one of PE’s favourite and friendliest Clowns and a waitress from Salt.