South African cuisine meets SA’s coastline, with the new eatery Sunset at the Coast opening its doors to Port Noarlunga’s crowds.
Opening quietly this February 2, Sunset at the Coast is the Fleurieu Peninsula’s latest place to grab brunch, bites and some boozy cocktails.
Intertwining their rich history and life experience throughout the new eatery, co-owners and partners Jodie-Lyn and Gerrad Magua have opened a space that offers a fusion of flavours from across the globe. Heralding from South Africa and having spent time in Santa Cruz, the duo has carved out a space on the Fleurieu coastline that combines the chilled back vibes of the famed California beachside with the cuisine of their home country.
Inside the cafe, the stripped-back white and wooden interior, with rattan lampshades, fairy lights and stunning Ariel shots of the coastline by Josh Coulter, the space is equal parts relaxing as it is magical.
“It’s a dream venue to start with, and when you walk in here, it’s like wow. It’s a stunning beachfront café, but an upmarket beachfront café,” Jodie-Lyn says.
“When we saw the beautiful coastline, we always thought we should do something like this.
“We’ve embraced every minute – it was a dream, but when it came true, we had to pinch ourselves.”
Keeping culture and community at the centre, Sunset at the Coast is a culmination of the vibrant staff working at the new café, bringing Mediterranean and Lebanese flavours into the mix of mouth-watering meals.
“We’ve got a bit of everything,” Jodie-Lyn says. “We’re bringing a bit of a flare from all the countries while welcoming people to the café.”
“Having lived on the three different continents we wanted to develop a menu that captured that.”
Indulge in grilled Mediterranean prawns, in a Mozambique style peri-peri sauce on a bed of pilaf rice, or South African farm style grilled sausage, resting on polenta cakes and drizzled with sautéed tomato and onion.
If you’re searching for classic beachside tucker, Sunset at the Coast is also slinging beer-battered fish and chips, SA salt and pepper squid and a sunset chicken parmigiana.
True to its name, Sunset at the Coast has enviable views of Port Noarlunga South’s summer sunsets. Sip on gin sour cocktails – an enticing mix of raspberries, gin, elderflower and lemon – or mugs of artisan lattes as you marvel at the sky turning shades of orange and pastel pink on weekends.
On weekends, graze on platters brimming with creamy cheese, charcuterie, dips and other local produce. Wine or Espresso Martini in hand, slip into weekend mode on Saturday as acoustic musicians soundtrack your afternoon.
While Sunset at the Coast makes their mark in Port Noarlunga, the Magua family hold big hopes for the new eatery. They’re looking to expand their hours to extended to Friday and Saturday evenings, letting you wine and dine all day and all night.
“For years that we’ve wanted to do this,” Jodie-Lyn says.
“We want to welcome everyone, and make them feel like it’s their home…we hope it to be a bustling, busy and vibrant restaurant.”