Undergoing a dramatic but sensible facelift, the Grand Africa Lookout Beach officially opened its doors in October 2019. And the word is out.
The new owners, Life & Brand Portfolio in partnership with Sue Main from The Grand Collection fame, organized a grand affair complete with African drumming, fire dancing and impromptu cabaret performances by ‘Ms. Brown’.
The restaurant seats 250 and is available for private dining and special events and is now officially open to the public. The Grand Africa Lookout Beach is a mix of grand luxe and contemporary seaside traditions. Elegant touches include banquettes, a seaside deck overlooking the glorious Blue Flag Lookout Beach, original rock formations within the building and fine beach sand on the floor compliments the smell of the sea. “We loved the space and added our grand flair, and we are aiming for a Grand Beach seaside experience… barefoot, straight off the beach with toes in the sand,” says Sue.
The menu maintains a more refined offering of continental cuisine, and the appetizers are very good. Many large enough to serve as a light entrée.
The glistening, vegetarian and familiar seafood sushi, for example, was generous. The tempura battered prawns with a spicy oriental dipping sauce were a crowd favourite. One could also be tempted by the tender calamari with a creamy aioli sauce.
We enjoyed chargrilled-to-perfection beef burger sliders and thin and crispy wood-fire oven pizza alongside the free-flowing bubbles in traditional champagne glasses – a very special touch of whimsy that so fits what has become known as a Grand signature.
Commenting on the menu selection, Sue says “our food is reflective of the signature dishes from when the Grand first opened its doors in Plett and our Grand Africa Café & Beach Cape Town opened. Lots of seafood on the menu fit for a seaside beach café.”
To sum it up, a grand time in Plett with food and a view worth coming back for.