With its dazzling location overlooking the Atlantic it’s little surprise that seafood plays a starring role on the menu from Executive Chef Christo Pretorius. This could mean a decadent seafood platter, a classic crayfish and prawn cocktail – one of the many dishes credited to the founding Tollman family – or simply fresh line fish, grilled and served with a choice of sides. Throughout the menu though, the focus is firmly on offering sustainable seafood.
Back on dry land, there’s a generous choice of grills, poultry and game; with Cape Malay curry a nod to more homegrown flavours. The dessert offering is particularly generous, with both time-honoured classics and more inventive options: the Valrhona chocolate mousse is a must, as is the cheese board from Cape producers. Winter specials offer excellent value for local diners.
Affable Head Sommelier Gregory Mutambe has assembled a stellar wine list of both boutique producers and leading lights from across South Africa. A wide range of overseas labels caters for well-heeled foreign visitors.
The staff are evidently highly trained. This hits the sweet spot between formality and friendliness.
The setting alone makes Azure worth a visit, with its panoramic ocean views and spacious terrace. Indoors the ambience is more formal, with linen-decked tables and fine stemware.
If you’re coming for dinner, arrive early for a sundowner in the top-floor Leopard bar.
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