The Old Harbour in Hermanus, which has been a popular fishing port since the 1850s, now has a new draw: Perlemoen Restaurant. Opened by head chef Jannie Malherbe and his wife Annabella in May 2022, the restaurant offers a unique experience of savoring delicious abalone dishes while admiring the stunning views of Walker Bay.
The restaurant is housed in a stone building that holds historical significance as it was also the location where Hermanus vet Dr Pierre Hugo first experimented with breeding abalone in captivity in 1984. The interior of the restaurant features neutral colors, historic photos, and art made from abalone shells, creating a cohesive and authentic atmosphere. Diners can enjoy a casual dining experience with attentive service for up to 65 covers, and watch boats and wildlife while the waves lap at their feet.
The restaurant places a high emphasis on sustainability, sourcing most of its produce locally, and buying fish from a Gansbaai-based supplier and wines from nearby Hemel en Aarde Valley. The local approach to sustainability at Perlemoen and other restaurants in the area played a role in UNESCO designating Hermanus and the Overstrand region as a Creative City of Gastronomy in 2020.