last dinner in Cape Town, Codfather

When I last came to Cape Town in 2004 with the whole family we had dinner at Codfather and it was a memorable one.  Jessica decided to return for my last night in town.  The restaurant is located off the main road in Camps Bay.  It is all about fish there and the fish is absolutely fantastic.  

Codf sushiline
They offer a few things to start but most people go in the back room and choose something from the rotating circular sushi bar.  I would bet that every piece of fish there was pulled out of the water that day.  Just incredible.  

Sashimi yellowtail that melted in our mouth.

A large roll which I am not the biggest fan of but here the fish is so good it just takes over the rice.

This is a lightly fried shrimp on top of a roll of tuna and avocado dripping with a lightly spiced sauce.  The mixture of flavors and textures were beyond.  It was so damn good that I could have gone back for more but there was something about how perfect that one piece was that I let it stay at that.  

We had the calamari which was recommended for an appetizer.  Simply grilled with some spices.  Really plump.  

I didn't get oysters but here is where they are kept.  

Here is the fun part of this restaurant.  You go up to the fish counters and order what fish you want.  They just grill everything and serve it with vegetables, rice or fries.  You can push the veggies and starch to the side because it is all about the fish.  You are charged by the pound.  This is one of the cases.

Here is the other.  

We opted for tiger shrimps from Mozambique.  They are so huge and delicious.  We also had langoustines which are smaller and much sweeter than the tiger shrimp.  We threw a tiny piece of cob in there which is the local fish but honestly I would have just stuck with the shrimp variations as you don't get that kind of seafood in the states.  

Here is our cooked platter.  I really love this place.  When I come back to Cape Town I will absolutely come to Codfathers again.  

Comments (Archived):

  1. Rohan

    Codfather – Making meals you can’t refuse.. ¬†ūüėČ

  2. daryn

    wow, that looks amazing. Why don’t we have places like that in the states? It’s what I always hope to find in Hawaii, with all of their great local fish.

    1. Gotham Gal

      good question. you would think there would be something like that in hawaii. no surprises that i love the interactive part of being able to choose my own fish and pay by the pound.

      1. nicole

        you can do it in New York at Milos…..but very expensive!

        1. Gotham Gal

          not the same. Milos is ridiculously expensive and you don’t get that opportunity of going up to the case and peering in and picking with your waiter.

  3. James

    I always really enjoy your food and travel blogging so it’s been a real treat to have you covering my home town.¬† Thank you!

    1. Gotham Gal

      nice town!

  4. CCjudy

    you are so truly generous sharing this J

    1. Gotham Gal

      i enjoy sharing it.

  5. CCjudy

    What is Jessica studying there? Is she your photographer daughter? Judy

  6. tyronerubin

    makes me so happy hearing amazing things about the city I live in. thanks so much for this and hope you had an amazing time in Cape Town.

    1. Gotham Gal

      amazing time.

      1. tyronerubin

        Just got absolutely sucked into your Cape Town posts like I have never done before in my life. I have been here 4 years and through your eyes it was so well done, from wine farms, to the restaurants, to the biscuit mill. You captured so much beauty, thank you! Plus surprise products and the art you saw. My word is was so well planned and so wonderfully documented, thanks for the writing and pics, that was a great time spend. Wow!

        1. Gotham Gal

          loved it. a wonderful city and country.

  7. maria

    Hi Joanne,I really like how you captured the foodie night out in this post ūüôā I like seeing the whole story. Have you tried using Picdish? Bloggers and chefs there share photo streams to capture an entire experience. My username there is @maria. Hope to connect there.Cheers!