The Willeens experience.
In the Overberg region of the Western Cape right next to Arniston, lays a small village. A National heritage site that boasts so much history. Small Quaint Cottages, that if could talk, would tell gentle tales of seasoned fishermen living through rough seas and bountiful catches.
At the edge of this village facing the open sea, lays a little gem, Willeens.
Willeens has been part of the history of Arniston/Waenhuiskrans for over two decades.
Willeen and her family run a restaurant from their cottage. decorated with seaside treasure, buoys and bits of rope washed up on the coast line. Home cooked, warm, hearty delicious meals. For a starter, I had the garlic mussels and before it was served the most amazing aroma filled the room. The wife had the fish cakes, or as it should aptly be named, Willeens famous fishcakes. Two perfect starters. Now on to the main course. Willeens and the village operate as one, poor weather conditions means today there’s no fresh fish she refuses to serve anything but fresh fish.
I settle for the lamb chops the wife for bobotie. What a meal! The lamb chops perfectly basted cooked to perfection, the bobotie as traditionally South African as can be, full of flavor spiced just right. Then dessert, malva pudding, just the perfect ending to a perfect meal.
After our meal, I manage get Willeens attention. She tells me how she used to be a tour guide in the area. We share some stories and a few jokes and I thank her for the brilliant meal. The warm homely feel and the seaside experience I was hoping for.
When in Arniston/Waenhuiskrans don’t give Wialleens a skip you will be pleasantly surprised.
I myself loved Wialleens, and can’t wait to head back for those mussels.
A few tips
Give Willeens a call if it’s the oxtail you are after, this takes some special preparation.
Willeens does not serve alcohol but feel free to bring your own along.