Sun, Deck, Seafood… Embark on a culinary adventure at The Chartroom


The Algoa Bay Yacht Club, with its friendly mariners, sailboats and ever-present seagulls, is the ideal location to enjoy great views of the bustling Port Elizabeth harbour and the Indian Ocean beyond. Its relaxed setting is only surpassed by the ambience of one of the Bay’s top restaurants, The Chartroom, which is located at the club, with its highly-acclaimed menu.

I recently took a friend there for a few after-work drinks and a bite on a Friday. The restaurant, which is open to the public and for corporate events and parties, serves lunches and dinners from Tuesdays to Sundays.

We sat on their outside deck and ordered drinks from their well-stocked bar; the wine list is also extensive. Our drinks in hand, we decided to try their deep-fried Camembert cheese, with fig preserve and cranberry sauce, as starters.

Their interesting and varied menu also includes kiddies’ meals to pub lunches, steaks, pizzas, salads, pasta and seafood fresh from the ocean. No wonder their patrons included salty sea dogs, businessmen and families.

Awnings on the deck provided protection from the evening breeze and kept a uniquely Eastern Cape vibe going inside.

Our order arrived and immediately received the thumbs up for presentation and taste. The creamy Camembert cheese melted in my mouth and was perfectly complemented by two slices of crusty French loaf.

Unable to choose a single meal from the various tempting options on The Chatroom’s main menu, we roped in our friendly waiter, who suggested that we try one of their seafood combos and an Italian Popeye pizza. Here, I must add that the service was excellent. Our waiter was efficient and the food arrived with the kind of promptness that you would expect from a good restaurant.

When our rectangular pizza arrived, it had a thin, crispy base and was smothered in an assortment of cheeses topped by bacon, avocado and spinach. Very tasty!

The seafood combo did not disappoint either. It consisted of grilled calamari tubes and hake with garlic butter and tartar sauce, green beans, butternut and a green salad. Not only was the hake very fresh and grilled to perfection, but it was well-complemented by a very good tartar sauce. The tender calamari and fresh veggies added a burst of colour and taste.

The Chartroom Restaurant probably offers the best value for money of any restaurant in the Nelson Mandela Bay area. No doubt, The Chartroom will be seeing me again soon…

Visit them at 1 Donpedro Jetty, on the PE Harbour, or call 041 585 2893 or email [email protected]