Eating in Cape Town need not be about elaborate dishes on a terrace overlooking a vineyard. If you’re after a bit of local flavour and hearty, unpretentious food, try Kalky’s, the most authentic harbourside fish ‘n’ chips joint in town, and the one place where you can be guaranteed that the seafood hasn’t been losing flavour at the bottom of a freezer. It’s straight off the boat, and the boat belongs to the owner, so any complaints about freshness should be directed to the ocean itself. Chips, always fried in fresh oil, are good too. Whether or not you’re up for lining up to place your order before plunging into a rudimentary plastic chair or timber bench at a potentially grubby table stocked with cheap and crusty tomato sauce is another story. If you’re looking for a more delicate atmosphere, head over to Harbour House (a skip away)-if, however, you want to rub shoulders with a totally mixed assortment of Cape Town characters.