Summer has arrived and the festive season is around the corner. We’ve made a list of some of our favourite locations to soak up the summer vibe in and around Cape Town. Whether it’s tranquil, al fresco dining in the winelands, a buffet-lunch and day at the pool at Mount Nelson Restaurant, or an outdoor party with The Kiffness, we have you covered.
The Table Restaurant is situated on De Meye Estate, a family-owned boutique winery in the lush Muldersrvlei area on the Stellenbosch Wine Route – South Africa’s most prestigious winemaking region.
The restaurant prepares lunches using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients from small scale farmers as well as pasture-raised meat, farm eggs, butter, olive oil and cheese. During summer, tables are spread out under trees on the vast lawn, with enough space to give guests a sense of dining privately. A three-course, a sharing-style set menu is prepared and served on mismatched antique platters. The menu changes weekly based on what is locally available. The restaurant is now also open for dinner on Friday nights, and guests are invited to enjoy the golden sunset before dining under lights in the garden.
After lunch, guests are invited to explore the garden, which is full of vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers and berries, and – for a longer stroll – it is recommended to go to the upper vineyards for some breathtaking mountain views.
This summer, The Mount Nelson Hotel will be offering the Oasis Bistro and Pool Special, which includes a full lunch, welcome cocktail/mocktail as well as use of the main hotel pool with a sun lounger and towel. From Mondays to Saturdays, guests can enjoy the full salad, cold-and-dessert buffet, as well as a selection of a main-course for R650 per adult or R350 per child (this excludes any individual à la carte menu orders and any other beverages).
On Sundays, the full Carvery Roast Lunch Buffet, a welcome cocktail/mocktail as well as use of the pool, along with relaxing jazz accompaniment, will be available for R750 per adult and R450 for four-to-eleven year-olds (this excludes any other beverages and the à la carte menu is not available on Sundays). The offer is available from 1 November 2019 to 16 December 2019, and 16 January 2020 to 30 April 2020).
For a full-out, pamper-perfect day, the Mount Nelson Hotel is also offering a 60-minute Sothys Fundamental Facial at Librisa Spa, followed by a sumptuous outdoor lunch at the revamped Oasis Restaurant, and an afternoon in the heated swimming pool and garden loungers.
Based at the luxurious Hout Bay Manor boutique hotel, EAT is an easy-going, versatile restaurant, which prides itself on skilfully prepared, fresh, wholesome food and outstanding service.
Guests have the option of dining outdoors under shady plane trees or beside the pool when the weather is good. “Whether you are local to Cape Town or visiting us from afar – while on business, as honeymooners, or holidaying with your family – we invite you to relax and enjoy EAT’s tranquil setting.”
From snacks and tapas to a full Asian menu and a comprehensive wine list, there’s plenty to please all kinds of tastes. EAT is family-friendly, and offers a children’s menu and well-behaved dogs are welcome to come along and run around outside.
For a classic dining experience, consider a night out at The Lord Nelson Restaurant. Guests can drive up to the hotel entrance and request valet parking, before being welcomed with a soothing soundtrack by resident pianist Henry Dike, and dining in the elegant, wood-panelled room, adorned with glittering chandeliers. Although it’s not technically “outdoor dining”, a romantic stroll through the Mount Nelson Hotel’s gardens is recommended for a perfect summer date night.
The historic 120-year-old restaurant is currently reviving a piece of culinary history and gourmand tradition by introducing their guests to tableside service, also known as the mid-17th-century French art of “guéridon”. Serving Beef Wellington made from pasture-reared beef fillet from Spier’s Farmer Angus, covered with
a braised short rib, prosciutto and mushroom duxelles, encased in light puff pastry and other popular dishes, Executive Chef, Rudi Liebenberg hopes that guest will enjoy the food and atmosphere as much as
their staff has enjoyed mastering this wonderful service tradition.
“It is the return to simplicity that I love about our new dining concept. This elegant table-side action is perfectly fitting for the old-world charms of this great room.”
With stunning national park scenery, beach and mountain views, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has a great variety of dining options for a summer experience. From innovative 5-star Cape fusion cuisine at Azure Restaurant and its extensive wine cellar, or a relaxing sunset cocktail on the Leopard Bar terrace, to Sushi in the Café Grill, there’s something to suit any mood and taste. Special occasions and seasonal offerings are frequent and The 12 Apostles takes great pride in inventing some truly original and exciting wining and dining experiences.
The Kraal Restaurant is a secluded hideaway situated in a shaded, stone courtyard at Joostenberg Wine Estate. Slow lunches are served at wooden tables, set outside in between fruit trees and wild olives, next to the farm werf and garden.
Because Muldersvlei and its surroundings are traditionally a mixed farming area, the family-run restaurant has access to a wide variety of interesting fresh produce, right on their doorstep. To support local farmers and only serve what’s seasonal and delicious, menus change every week. “It’s all about local flavours, our childhood food memories, influences from places we’ve been to and the people who’ve been, and are, important to us.”
The full range of Joostenberg wines, including some rare bottles from the small-batch collection and specially kept older vintages, are on offer. The tasting room is open from 11am to 3pm.