Two great meals and favorite to many locals and found in many food selling shops in most areas in Cape Town and many other places around South Africa is either Calamari or rotisserie roasted chicken. Besides an abundance of fast food outlets such as McDonald's, KFC and South Africa’s own Steers and Nando’s, there are many easier ,cheaper and for that matter healthier and happier ways of picking up lunch or a snack on the run when traveling.
Rotisserie Chicken is a big seller. You can buy a whole chicken to share or get pieces to go as a portion from a reasonable R20.00 to around R55.00 for the whole bird. You will be able to find quality chicken in this fashion from places such as Pick ‘n Pay, Spar to Filling station services food outlets. It isn’t fried chicken and combined with an already made salad or a couple of fresh bread roll’s and you have a cheap healthy lunch and you won’t waste an hour sitting inside a restaurant either.
A firm favorite which is possibly a little unhealthier compared to rotisserie roast chicken is of course South Africa’s great Calamari or squid. Totally unexpected shops such as Pick n Pay which has the largest supermarket chain countrywide has decent fried Calamari in their deli section on sale to go. For as little as R15.00 you can fill up on Calamari with great ease. Cape Town and along the coastal regions have an abundance of Fish ‘n Chips shops. Sometimes there is nothing better to get a fillet of Hake, sit on a beach or a bench and eat while watching the ocean.
On one occasion on a tour, I had been driving and guiding a couple from Alberta, Canada. They had been constantly eating in restaurants since they had left home over a week prior and on arriving at lunch time in Knysna, a resort town on the Garden Route, I suggested visiting my favorite fish ‘n Chip outlet in the town, to pick up some calamari, fish and chips and go down to the famous Knysna Head’s, a picturesque headland location at the mouth of the lagoon entering the ocean to eat lunch. Whilst waiting for the food, they popped next door to the wine shop and believe me, the meal or picnic they had that day was probably the most memorable on their holiday.