The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Undoubtedly one of the most spectacularly situated hotels in the Mother City, the mere mention of this venue conjures up images of magnificence and luxury. This sentiment is amplified by the stunning drive there, with awesome views of the ocean adding to the excitement of having lunch at the Azure Restaurant housed at the Twelve Apostles.
Thus on a cool Freedom Day we entered the Azure Restaurant and were directed to a window table with a stunning view of the ocean. Our waiter, who was to take good care of us in a friendly yet unobtrusive way throughout our meal, introduce the Restaurant Week 2 Course Lunch Menu which was set at R300. A 3 Course Dinner Menu would be available later for R400.
Once seated we were presented with a lovely selection of breads and a delicious salmon pate. Very enjoyable indeed.
As the lunch menu limited diners to two courses, two of our party chose starters and mains, while the other two opted for mains and dessert. For starters we had a choice of Baby Calamari, Garden Pea Risotto or Marinated Chicken Liver Terrine. The baby calamari and garden pea risotto both proved good choices, with both presentation and taste being very pleasing.
The mains option consisted of a choice of Sustainable Fish of the Day (Sea Bass), Roast Chicken and Cape Malay Vegetable Curry. Again, the presentation of all three options was outstanding, a real visual feast.
The fish, enjoyed by two of our party, was pronounced outstanding. The curry, served with a variety of condiments, with basmati rice, roti and poppadum, was delicious, if a bit on the hot side.
The roast chicken (sous vide breast, confit thigh, chicken consommé), was a bit dry, but was complemented by the pickled egg yolk, tender stem broccoli, roast shitake mushrooms and wild rice puffs.
Dessert was a work of art. Both the Strawberry Matcha (matcha namelaka, marshmallow, vanilla bean crème, strawberry mouse, strawberry jelly) and the Granny Smith Apple Custard (burnt apple puree, mini doughnuts, poached apples, apple jelly, smoked custard gel, crispy meringue) were very enjoyable, a real treat.
Lunch at the Azure, with a wonderful view and outstanding service was a delight and lived up to expectation. Executive chef Christo Pretorius and his Kitchen Brigade have created a very enjoyable menu. Perhaps, though, a display of patriotism on Freedom Day would have been appropriate?
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Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Tel No: 021 437 9029
Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Anthony Adams