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34 South Knysna (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

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Restaurant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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      13.09.2012 11:09
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      A nice place for lunch, but not if you are in a hurry

      34 South is a restaurant at the marina complex in Knysna, South Africa. There are a number of restaurants and boutique shops here and we stopped for a quick lunch one Friday. Whilst browsing the area we saw someone from the restaurant who encouraged us to check it out. He claimed that they had a varied menu, although we found it to be quite fish dominated. The restaurant is on the water's edge, but not on the main thoroughfare. They do a range of drinks and sandwiches as well as main meals. They had a broad sushi selection averaging at R44 (£3.82/$5.87) for small plates up and R120 (£10.45/$16) for larger platters. One of our party did choose a platter and it took a while to come. It is nice that it is freshly made, but not so good if you are in a hurry. They did have a small sandwich lunch selection with a variety of wraps and salads all freshly prepared and very generous. A friend and I both went for the vegetarian nachos with cheese and jalapeño chillies for R45 which was huge. Neither of us could get through it and I did feel very full and in need of a good walk to work all that lovely cheese and sour cream off. In retrospect we could have shared them. Someone else had the veggie ciabatta with a side of chips and that was enormous to. We were very glad we went for lunch dishes rather than main courses. They also did a range of tapas style dishes, as well as breakfasts, and tried to market themselves as a lively bar offering beers, cocktails and the obligatory extensive local wine lists. To be honest it seemed like they wanted to do a bit of everything, that I was initially concerned that not everything would necessarily be done well, but this didn't seem to be the case. Prices seemed reasonable for what the dishes were, and the food was nice. I would have to say that the service was slow, and as we had prior arrangements we had to ask for our bill whilst we were still eating our food, as some of the party had only just received their mains even though we had informed them that we had to be somewhere else by a certain time (and we had chased them several times). There were eight of us eating, but it is a large establishment and they ought to be able to cope better than they did as the restaurant was far from full.

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