Celebrating my 41st birthday with a lovely day of cruising around the wide open spaces of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and climbing up the stairs to the lighthouse of Cape Point itself (all part of SANParks’ Table Mountain National Park complex), Chantelle, the girls, and I decided that it was now time to stop for a late lunch, and so headed back towards Simon’s Town in search of something to eat.
Given that we were pretty much tourists for the day, it made complete and utter sense to pop in to a tourist-focused eatery, and so it was that we pulled up at Bertha’s Restaurant, situated on the quay overlooking the harbour and thus blessed with a lovely view over False Bay.
In operation since the 1990s Bertha’s is pretty much a Simon’s Town institution by now, catering to both locals and tourists alike. Indeed, given the immense size of this rather imposing restaurant, you’ll often find yourself talking over all manner of accents and languages on any given day. (Case in point, we managed to end up at the restaurant just before a big bus full of Eastern European tourists popped in for a meal). Not that this sudden influx of visitors seemed to have any noticeable impact on the kitchen mind you – our food arrived timeously and I have to say, was rather delicious!
So, Bertha’s happily ticked all the boxes for us. Easy to find, loads of seating, and good food. Easy to recommend when it is as quiet as what it was for us on the day, though that said, not sure what the experience would be like when it’s properly packed out on a proper visitor-filled weekend day.