In Bloubergstrand, the picturesque seaside suburb of Cape Town, is Ons Huisie. The name of this beloved eatery is Afrikaans for ‘Our Small Home’. And as the name suggests, visitors are always welcomed (and fed) like family.
Cape Town photographer Benjamin William Pearce visited on a windy, wavey day (Wednesday 25 October). Ever-appropriate for Bloubergstrand, and beautiful as ever. He captioned his pictures, “Wind, waves and a beautiful skyline at Ons Huisie Restaurant.”
Take a look:
And a beautiful skyline:
Ons Huisie is an internationally recognised heritage site that now houses a world-renowned, traditional restaurant. Inside, guests will be able to experience the rich history of this house captured in photographs of its historic owners over more than 130 years, as well as in the wonderfully restored historic building which still holds its traditional character.
Ons Huisie has stood through many historical events of the area, including the 1806 Battle of Blaauwberg, AKA the Battle of Cape Town. It also overlooks Robben Island, the island where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 28 years. It’s also a community gem, as resident Blouberg families supplied many old photographs of the area which show the transformation of Bloubergstrand over the last two centuries.
Ons Huisie becomes ‘jou huisie’
This neighbourhood heirloom is also part of the Seascape Collection, which offers various venues for events, dining and accommodation in Western Cape. Other sites that are part of the Collection are fellow Bloubergstrand restaurant On The Rocks and the Weltenvreden Estate in Stellenbosch.
Ons Huisie is recognised as one of the main tourist destinations in the Cape Peninsula, and it’s no surprise why: Ons Huisie provides visitors with spectacular views of Table Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island, delicious West Coast cuisine, and even dog-friendly facilities.
In addition to popular signature dishes, Ons Huisie also has something delicious for every palate. Along with their dog-friendly facilities, they also have a large children’s playground, which means that parents can enjoy their meals with friends while the little ones play in a supervised and safe play area. Ons Huisie is a top choice for all families!
Catch the sunset over the Atlantic while sipping on a cocktail or craft beer on the stoep, which also has a fireplace to cosy up next to on colder days.
What’s on the menu?
Ons Huisie has got you covered for all three meals of the day. The breakfast menu, served from 9am to 12pm, includes all the brekkie essentials, ranging from small to big meals. For the light eaters there are basic eggs and bacon, scones, or muesli with yoghurt and berry compote, and for the ravenous, there are omelettes, the Ons Huisie Breakfast with eggs, grilled bacon, sautéed mushrooms, pork sausage and a hashbrown, or the Farmer’s Choice Breakfast with eggs, 125g rump steak, boerewors, baked beans and chips.
For lunch and dinner, guests are spoiled for choice with an extensive selection of West Coast seafood and traditional dishes. Start your meal with a Strandloper Mussel Pot or Karoo Poppers, before diving into the old favourites, the Beef Bobotie or Lamb Bredie. If you’re a lover of seafood, why not try the West Coast Potjie, calamari, prawns, line fish and mussels in a creamy Thai curry sauce, served with rice and a poppadum; or simply stick to the classic Fish and Chips.
Finally, pair your meals with any of their large selection of wines, beers or cocktails. The drinks menu will have something for everyone.
Some stellar recommendations
Ons Huisie has been host to several big personalities and enterprises. Many local and international radio stations have listed Ons Huisie as their favourite restaurant, and it has been featured on talk shows like Pasella and Top Billing. No wonder Ons Huisie is on the SA’s Top 100 restaurants list.
Renowned artists like Jan Blohm and Laurika Rauch have even written songs dedicated to Ons Huisie and Bloubergstrand. ‘Met Eish’ star Neels van Jaarsveld is a regular customer and often lists them as his favourite restaurant in the world.
Ons Huisie is not just a restaurant with a good view; it is a local gem where friends and family (and dogs) can feel at home and come together to enjoy a spectacular sunset – and yes, to enjoy great West Coast food, too.
- Location: Stadler Rd, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, 7441
- Website: onshuisie.co.za
Picture: Benjamin William Pearce