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Azure Restaurant

Azure Restaurant
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Cost
avg main meal R225; Chef Christo's tasting menu R650 per person, Taste of the Sea menu R545 per person, Taste of the Earth menu R460 per person
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern, Seafood, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
Chef Christo Pretorius uses the freshest ingredients seasonally available to conjure delicious food that doesn’t rely on tricks to be fabulous. Try the famous chicken soup from owner Bea Tollman’s cook book, which manages to be both intense and delicate at the same time, with elegant little mushrooms and a buttery little chicken pie on the side. Also among the starters are pan seared abalone, a great retro classic, a crayfish and prawn cocktail with avocado and Marie Rose sauce, of course, and prawn dahl with creamed cauliflower, green mango chutney and cumin yoghurt. Go for broke with the grilled seafood platter for two with its huge selection of items like crayfish, prawns on a skewer, calamari, langoustine and mussels with various sauces, enough to daunt the most avid eater. Or simmer down and order the most superb prawns Stroganoff, intense and delicious in a creamy, mushroom packed sauce. Meaty dishes include great steaks, schnitzels, pork belly, and real Cape Malay curry with the trimmings. The best dessert is still Bea’s famous baked cheesecake, every Bobba’s favourite.

Drinks
This is probably one of the finest wine lists in the country, selected under the sure hand of famed sommelier Gregory Mutambe. Not only the best of our country but many from other parts of the world, including Château Lafite and Château Margaux, the latest addition being a Domaine de la Romanee-Conti 2011 at a mere R250 000.

Service
What a pleasure to see the staff immaculately attired with tiny red carnations in their lapels, friendly and relaxed without hovering over you like bees around a honeypot.

Ambience
Overlooking the ocean, the terrace, which would be the envy of many places on the Riviera, is just the place to be when the weather is great; otherwise the luxuriously appointed and cosy interior will do very nicely.

And …
Do make sure you stipulate the terrace when booking, if that is what you want.

(August 2015)

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    Food 
    Showing a strong focus on seasonal ingredients and a talent for plating, chef Christo Pretorius offers an extensive à la carte menu plus three adventurous tasting menus at this hotel restaurant with its spectacular location overlooking the Atlantic. Highlights on the tasting menus include the blesbok, expertly cooked and served with a delicious combination of sweet potato, baked celeriac and cashew cream. The kabeljou, paired with parsnip purée and confit fennel, is equally good, and the prawn dhal with creamed cauliflower, coconut, compressed cucumber, coriander yoghurt and pineapple chutney makes for a memorable experience. Clearly, there’s a lot of passion and ambition here.

    Drinks 
    The wine list has, deservedly, won a few awards – it’s extensive and interesting, with a brilliant combination of classics and some unexpected gems. Wines from Umbria and the Swartland sit comfortably side by side.

    Service 
    Warm, friendly and attentive, with knowledgeable wine pairing suggestions by the amiable sommelier Gregory Mutambe.

    Ambience 
    The interior features a strong African/seaside theme, with nautical blues, stripes, shells and sailboats. It doesn’t feel like a hotel restaurant, and the deck with its knockout views never fails to impress.

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    The Leopard Room bar upstairs is a fine spot for a drink before or after dinner.

    (July 2014)

  • Just the place to bring overseas visitors to knock their socks off with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic. Seasonal ingredients are used to produce classics as well as exciting new dishes with a bit of South African flair. There’s an impressive wine list and professional sommelier on hand to help you find the glass or bottle to match your meal. The spectacular setting is perfect for sundowners and an elegant dinner. Stand-out dishes include the crayfish and prawn cocktail; prawn stroganoff; the springbok; black mushrooms for vegetarians; Cape Malay curry; and sublime cheesecake.
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    Acclaimed chef Christo September gives fresh South African ingredients a gourmet spin on his seasonal menus that showcase local produce, from West Coast oysters, mussels, perlemoen and sole to springbok, lamb neck and pork belly. Expect fine attention to detail in exquisitely plated fare with creative saucing of the main ingredient in celeriac cream, pear rhubarb gel or cauliflower, pumpkin, garlic or turnip purées. Old classics in the comfort zone get a delicious makeover: try the prawn cocktail, chicken noodle soup, tartar or Bea’s rice pudding and cheesecake.

    Wine
    Ask the friendly sommelier to pair dishes with wines by the glass, or decant a special vintage from the five-star wine-list.

    Service
    Warm, attentive and on-the-ball, from refilling the delicious breadbasket on the table to topping up wine and water glasses.

    Ambience
    Book a table on the terrace and enjoy a spectacular view of the Atlantic seaboard. The restaurant is intimate and smart by night; relaxed and informal for family dining by day.

    And...
    A special vegetarian menu offers an excellent choice of plant-based cuisine in seven gourmet starters and mains. (GH, October 2012)
  • Lisa Van Aswegen

    The setting is spectacular! Chef Henrico Grobbelaar magically fuses seasonal ingredients with new favourite dishes. Best for a romantic date. (July 2013)
  • Greg Landman

    This is just the place to take overseas visitors (who are paying in dollars) to knock their socks off. Spectacular setting and elegant food. Recommended for a blow-the-budget special occasion. Order Bea's Cape Malay curry and, of course, the sublime cheesecake. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • Dear Editor Over the weekend of January 10/11th 2015 my wife and I were treated to a fun-filled experience at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa. A leading chocolate company in conjunction with this magnificent and majestic hotel on the shores of the Atlantic and below the 12 Apostles range of mountains treated us to a feast. Our first food experience was lunch at The Cafe Grill. We had lunch out doors and the background is from the pools behind a picturesque nice vegetative paradise leading to the mountain trail. I had a burger and my wife kingklip and chips. I also had chocolate mousse for dessert whilst my lady had coffee. Our food experience continued with a three course dinner at their plush Azure Restaurant. The view from the terrace overlooks the ocean. The breeze was not accommodating we then ate indoors For starter we both had their chicken noodle soup. They also had choice of bread, sweet, rye and whole wheat. For mains I had Cape Salmon served with vegetables whilst my wife had beef schnitzel, before winding with "the Three scoops of ice cream" for dessert. Their fish was in the "catch of the day" and did not regret my choice of the salmon. Then the following morning, I had their English breakfast, as well as an omellette, after a cereal. The latter is filled with such delicious delicacies that I just could not resist. My wife said she did not feel very hungry and just had a cereal and then a fruit salad. The ambiance in their three restaurants, they also have The Leopard Bar - they serve finger food servings which we had as were having a sun-downer there on Saturday after. Their sandwiches, mixture of various food stuffs was delicious. The food quality was not the only thing worthwhile here but also the service of the staff. I really enjoyed eating all the eateries in this serene establishment!!
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  • Dear Editor Over the weekend of January 10/11th 2015 my wife and I were treated to a fun-filled experience at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa. A leading chocolate company in conjunction with this magnificent and majestic hotel on the shores of the Atlantic and below the 12 Apostles range of mountains treated us to a feast. Our first food experience was lunch at The Cafe Grill. We had lunch out doors and the background is from the pools behind a picturesque nice vegetative paradise leading to the mountain trail. I had a burger and my wife kingklip and chips. I also had chocolate mousse for dessert whilst my lady had coffee. Our food experience continued with a three course dinner at their plush Azure Restaurant. The view from the terrace overlooks the ocean. The breeze was not accommodating we then ate indoors For starter we both had their chicken noodle soup. They also had choice of bread, sweet, rye and whole wheat. For mains I had Cape Salmon served with vegetables whilst my wife had beef schnitzel, before winding with "the Three scoops of ice cream" for dessert. Their fish was in the "catch of the day" and did not regret my choice of the salmon. Then the following morning, I had their English breakfast, as well as an omellette, after a cereal. The latter is filled with such delicious delicacies that I just could not resist. My wife said she did not feel very hungry and just had a cereal and then a fruit salad. The ambiance in their three restaurants, they also have The Leopard Bar - they serve finger food servings which we had as were having a sun-downer there on Saturday after. Their sandwiches, mixture of various food stuffs was delicious. The food quality was not the only thing worthwhile here but also the service of the staff. I really enjoyed eating all the eateries in this serene establishment!!
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  • Cape Town has far better places than the Azure.We have just had dinner at Azure to celebrate our daughter's birthday! There is no excuse for serving a burnt curry,insipid to add insult to it all.
    Poor service to go with this.
    The fish which was the replacement meal had bones.That is definitely not what a good chef will serve.A long wiry strand which I hope was the stem of the thyme!!!
    So disappointed as. Were only spending one night in Cape Town and we should have celebrated elsewhere.
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  • What a disaster! The most expensive awful food available in Cape Town. Raw veal, yellowtail waiting to give the unsuspecting patron scombroid and complete, lack of response from management. This is one restaurant that I will never visit again!

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  • I have to disagree with John. The squid starter is absolutely delicious, in fact it is a must have every time I dine at Azure restaurant. Their executive chef, Henrico is fantastic! A humble and talented soul! Azure restaurant is definitely the gem of the Cape.

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Specials

Winter at Azure

Dinner-and-a-movie special: Enjoy a three-course meal followed by movie in the private 16-seater theatre, with complimentary milkshake or hot chocolate plus ice cream and popcorn, for R475.

Winter Lunch by the Sea Special

Father's Day at Azure Restaurant

Treat dad to lunch, live music and a surprise gift for R425 per adult and R215 per child under 12 years. Fathers can also enjoy the ‘Gent’s Tea by the Sea’ offer at The Twelve Apostles on 18 and 19 June at R275 per person. Dishes on offer include boerewors rolls, biltong scones and a sandwich selection. They will also have a choice between miniature craft beers as well as a selection of teas and coffees accompanied by sweet treats. Booking is essential.

 

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Booking required
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  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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