Boasting one of the most sophisticated international restaurants in Cape Town, the focal point of this all-day 5-star waterfront hotel is a massive mural depicting the city’s harbour some 350 years ago. An inspired choice, given the multiplicity of cultures and diverse influences that have washed up on these shores, and continue to inspire the menu here.
As a result it’s a fairly eclectic menu, such as smoked crocodile niçoise or ostrich prepared with the spices that Cape Malay chef Malika van Reenen would have grown up with. On the one hand she’s developed dishes that are original and experimental, whilst on the other, she takes great pride in showing off the Cape’s culinary heritage-from the French Huguenots, British and Dutch settlers, to the Asian traders and Malay communities. Similarly, the décor works to reflect these multiple layers: aged yellowwood furniture and quaint culinary antiques find a home alongside (a bit of a yawn) Ghost chairs and heavy crystal chandeliers.