Chef Garth Almazan Opens ‘Leeto’ Restaurant In Paternoster


Enjoy a culinary journey of refined and contemporary West Coast cuisine at the newly opened Leeto Restaurant by Chef Proprietor Garth Almazan. Authenticity and local specialities merge with sophistication in both the menu and restaurant design. Leeto (Khoi language: ’journey’) stays true to its unique beach location, capturing local flavours, whilst at the same time boasting spectacular views.

Chef Garth Almazan has opened his much anticipated restaurant in Paternoster. Leeto overlooks the beach and is located on the north eastern side of Paternoster. Seating 60 diners, but up to 80 for weddings and private events, the restaurant presents refined and contemporary West Coast cuisine showcasing local culinary treasures including sustainable seafood and free range venison, as well as a selection of creative vegan and vegetarian dishes.

The restaurant design and decor is clean and modern with a ‘beachside sophistication’ that pays homage to its unique location. Designed to incorporate the natural elements of authentic Paternoster, Leeto is a tranquil, stylish and modern space in muted natural colours set as backdrop to the surrounding ocean, beach and fynbos. It comes with a fully stocked bar with excellent coffee and a good selection of local craft gins and beers, as well as a wine list that promotes wines from the West Coast region.

Almazan and his wife Cecile operate Leeto as destination restaurant in partnership with Simone Jacke and Deon Brand. Seasoned hospitality experts and property developers in Paternoster and abroad, the Jacke/Brand couple are also the owners of the award-winning 5-star Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel, neighbouring the new restaurant. Leeto is proud to support and help upskill the Paternoster community with employment and in-house training of kitchen and waitron staff.

For Almazan (43) Leeto is a dream come true as some of his earliest food memories include the delicious, spicy seafood family dinners prepared by his Philippine grandmother when he was a young boy. Born and bred in Cape Town, Almazan trained under Garth Stroebel at the Belmond Mount Nelson for three years before working as Head Chef at Shamwari for two years. This was followed by a record 18-year stint as Executive Chef at Catharina’s, the fine dining restaurant at Steenberg in Constantia, where he cooked to great acclaim and raked in several accolades over the years.

Leeto is a welcome addition to the growing ‘foodie-scene’ of Paternoster, and is one of very few restaurants that are open seven days a week, right through the year – welcoming diners for both lunch and dinner.

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