Coast at Port Beach is in an outstanding location, right on the beachfront with glorious views across the sand to the glistening Indian Ocean. It has a number of self-contained areas catering for a range of visitors – Cargo is a bar area – no kids here – with both dining spots and lounge chairs to sit, have a drink and gaze at the sea; another area with a cool looking bar that has the feel of the outdoors, and a little more seaside casual; and Coast dining area with tables along the window taking advantage of the beautiful outlook.
The menu is relatively small, has an emphasis on seafood, but still with other choices, the food best described as tavern style – casual, simple, but from what we enjoyed produced with care and some flair.
The wine list is likewise not large – but has some interesting options – we were in the mood for rosé and a bottle of Excuse My French met all our expectations – from Languedoc it is soft blushing pink with a fragrant bouquet of strawberries and ripe cherries; the palate is crisp, dry and elegant – with flavours of raspberries and pomegranate leading to a long finish. Great beachside drinking!
To the food – we began with a couple of tacos – one fish, one chicken – a soft tortilla held on the one hand a crisply cooked baton of fish, the other succulent chicken pieces – chopped salad and a little creamy dressing – a pleasant light start to the meal.
We both continued the seafood theme for our mains – for me ceviche, for Lady FWO, salmon.
The salmon – with a beautifully crisped skin – too often we find the skin is not sufficiently crisped and leaves a little too much of the fatty oil – this was spot on – and the flesh still retained its luscious tenderness; the fish came with nicoise style salad– crunchy green beans, peppery rocket, soft boiled quail eggs, red onion, potato and oil. A very refreshing and fresh accompaniment to the well-cooked piece of fish.
Raw Hiramasa kingfish had been sliced thinly and fanned across the plate – dotted with oil, lime, green chilli and fennel – along with a green salad of rocket and paper thin radish slices – the fish was succulent, meltingly tender and the chilli and lime, especially, provided both aromatic and favour lift – again fresh and refreshing!
We decided to share a dessert – a wobbly, creamy, custardy panna cotta served with sweet, juicy marinated strawberries and a sprinkle of black pepper – it was a splendid end to our meal.
Coast lives up to its name – the location is superb – it has a casual, easy going feel, however the food is a cut above the casual – it is well prepared and presented, fresh and good value. It should be a go to place over the summer months!
Disclaimer: We were the guests of Coast and HiscoNFE our food and drink were supplied.