Arguably one of the most beautiful and picturesque venues on the Atlantic seaboard, must be the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa. This was my second time at this venue, this time taking advantage of their Winter breakaway package that included dinner, a movie (at their private movie theater), overnight accommodation and breakfast.
Overnight Dinner and a Movie Package Includes:
One night’s luxury accommodation in the room of your choice
Full South African breakfast daily
A three-course dinner from our set menu in the hotel’s Azure Restaurant or The Café Grill
Complimentary use of the In-house cinema
Popcorn, candies, ice-creams and rich drinking chocolate or a milkshake of the day served to you without missing a frame
One-hour session in the temperature-controlled plunge pools and salt water flotation pool at The Spa at The Twelve Apostles
I was looking forward to some good food and a night of relaxation and respite from the inclement weather. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the views from either the Leopard Bar or the Azure Restaurant area are amazing. My previous visit was during restaurant week, so I was keen to see what fare would be on offer this time around.
The amuse- bouche was smoked aubergine, which was delicious. I’m not a big fan of aubergines, but I love when it’s been smoked as it adds a whole new dimension to it.
There was the chopped salad with beetroot, bacon, carrots, baby gem and avocado, which was lovely and fresh. I expected more to honest
Baby calamari risotto, with roast tomato puree, tomato water jelly dehydrated tomato and tomato consommé, seaweed butter and pickled onion rings.
Slow cooked Hen’s egg with compressed ham hock, pea puree, mushy pea salad and cured egg yolk
12A Fresh vegetable salad, with mixed greens, raw vegetables and avocado. This portion is massive and could easily be shared amongst our table.
Prawn Stroganoff with basmati…strange texture to this dish, I thought it was undercooked with the prawns seemingly a bit translucent.
Cape Malay style chicken curry, served with sambals, roti, poppadum and aniseed basmati. Again, it seemed adequate, but didn’t really inspire. The waiter couldn’t really explain all the condiments or how they should best be enjoyed.
Azure steak was well prepared but the Café de Paris butter was a solid lump and didn’t really melt at all which is possibly an indication that it was placed as the steak cooled.
Green Herb Gnocchi with celeriac purée, grilled baby leeks, salsa verde, onion jam, pickled onion shells and gin pearls. The gnocchi turned out to be polenta and not potato, which wasn’t clarified in the menu or by the waiter.
Pasta Primavera with sautéed vegetables in tomato sauce with linguine. There were hardly vegetables to talk about in this dish, and it was very bland.
Grilled Fish of the day, which was Dorado took the honours as the best dish on the night. It was served with creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, roasted baby carrots and sautéed baby vegetables.
Chocolate and Karoo Honey consisting of honey ice cream, cocoa custard manjari aero, honeycomb and a chocolate torte
Crème brulèe with shortbread.
Seasonal fruit platter with a berry gel and yoghurt
We should’ve known that this wasn’t going to be a smooth transition from Dinner to the Movie when we were given different times to be ready and the movie choice wasn’t clear all very confusing…We had booked our movie for 22h30 but had to wait 30 min as the previous movie had started late. When the usher came to collect us, she took our milkshake order and lead us to the cinema, seats were comfy, and the sweet snacks were set… Sadly one bowl of popcorn for a movie really isn’t enough, but our group made the best of it.
Part of our party enjoyed the Spa facilities and rated it one of the best spas they have visited, and they have visited a few, so at least that was one plus!
The accommodation was amazing and view stunning so a solid 3/5 ticked the right boxes, pity bout the dinner and the movie, though.
I was so looking forward to this little getaway, and I really wanted it to be great, but the food was a disappointment (on both of my visits to be honest) and really did not live up to expectation. It is an amazing venue and setting but I’m afraid my expectations are beyond average at the given price point. Overall, this was not a five-star experience.
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