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why leeto restaurant in paternoster should be next on your to-dine list

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You may know Garth Almazan from his 18-year tenure at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg, but now the local chef has started his own venture – and it’s definitely worth the hype. With a name that roughly translates to ‘journey’, Leeto at the Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel in Paternoster, Western Cape, pays homage to the area’s Khoisan history and takes diners on an epic culinary journey in a relaxed dining environment that is as beautiful as its scenic surrounds. Forget the fancy foams and intricate gels of Almazan’s past. At Leeto, the chef presents fresh, unfussy dishes infused with flavours from his Cape Malay heritage. Since Leeto is located on the picturesque West Coast shoreline, it comes as no surprise that its menu includes numerous delicious seafood options that range from Malay-spiced West Coast mussels and West Coast oysters to angelfish tartare and prawn and calamari risotto. Almazan prides himself on only using sustainable seafood – buying from local fisherman whenever he can – as well as seasonal ingredients, so the menu changes daily depending on what is available. Vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers are also catered for, with tasty offerings such as wild mushroom risotto, steak tartare, venison loin, and walnut, avocado and goat’s feta salad. Regardless of what you try, you’re guaranteed a delectable meal served with a smile by a waitron from the Paternoster community – which is just another way that Leeto is trying to uplift the very place that makes this unique restaurant so special. ALSO READ: HL contributor Georgia East takes us on a four-part journey of SASSI-approved fish recipes For more information, visit strandloperocean.com or email reservations@strandloperocean.com to make a booking.