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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
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Critic's review

Richard Holmes

Food
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.

Drinks
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.

Service
The staff are evidently highly trained. This hits the sweet spot between formality and friendliness.

Ambience
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.

And…
If you’re coming for dinner, arrive early for a sundowner in the top-floor Leopard bar.

(September 2016)

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  • 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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    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.

    And…
    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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  • Forget it. The squid starter is revolting. When complaining the message came back from the chef that it was the way it was supposed to be. What arrogance. Never again.

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  • We had late lunch on a glorious sunny Sunday at Azure. Awesome views, and a very nice outdoor eating venue, to say the least. The winelist is excellent! You can't go wrong there. Some of us had the buffet - which is really good, fresh, and has something for everyone. Especially the slow-roasted lamb and the seared tuna was very good. From the a la carte we had tomato salad and carapaccio as starters. They tasted really nice and were presented beautifully, but very small portions. It must be the most expensive single tomato in Cape Town. Line fish (king klip) was good but nothing spectacular. Beef fillet excellent! Cooked to perfection, but again a very small amount of food. Creme brulee and chocolate mouse were delicious. A big minus for the coffee - really bad. Our waiter (top service) apologised and told us the coffee is made from a machine (?!). This can't be acceptable at a top restaurant in Cape Town. We didn't have to pay for it, though.

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  • w.o.w what a wonderful dinner, had the most fantastic dining experience, havent had service and beautiful food in a long time, the chef definitely has struck the key balance between good food, good taste and value for money.(forget all these other bish bosh restaurants around Cape town, including one and only, tablebay, and a few around town)Well done guys keep up the great work, will be back next time I am in South Africa.
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  • I have eaten many times at Azure when on Business in Cape Town and I think that this gem of an eatery could teach the JHB restaurants a thing or two!The seafood is always good there especially the Espetada but this past week I had the most amazing springbok shank as my main course and I actually have no words to explain exactly how good it was - I didnt want the experience to end!I hope they never take that dish off the menu!I cant wait for my next visit to Cape Town.
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  • I was at Azure last year twice with some Swiss business partners and it was always a marvellous winner and dispite clearly upmarket prices still affordable. Yesterday however I was very dissappointed and glad I did not have to foot the bill as your prices compared to last year absolutely went through the roof. Starters around R 70-R 80 (my aubergine salad starter comprised of 3 slices of eggplant and 2 of tomatoes with some basi pesto and mozzerella at a hefty R 75), a main around R 130-150, desserts around R 65-85 and to top it 1 TINY glass of Chardonnay as recommended by the waiter at R 60. This is a total rip off and does not justify for the ambiente at all you offer due to your nice location. So this is unfortunately not a choice of a restaurant for me anymore as someone working in South Africa and earning Rands..... My Swiss business partners confirmed that you match their prices in Switzerland now- not a good idea to kill the golden goose (tourism) by overcharging.
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  • This restaurant was very nice, it had a very posh feel to it. My husband and I were very well looked after and the food was very good. Keep up the good work
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  • Our family of four (two teenagers) ate here on July 22. Of the three top end restaurants we tried (Showroom, Jardines, and Azure), this was clearly the weakest. We were unable to book via email in advance. We ate on a Sunday night, maybe the chef had the night off, not sure. The dining room is nice, no complaints there. However, the food was very hit or miss, with seafood seeming to be a big problem (every one of my shrimp was bad, should not have been served). The staff seemed to disappear for long periods of time at the end of the night, even though there were few tables in use. I would limit any visits to lunch only.
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  • The Azure has always been on my list of favourites in Cape Town...Not only do the beautiful views enhance the ambience and the excellent service adds to the experience but Robertos menu never falls short of fabulous!His exciting use of unusual ingredients makes eating at Azure a unique and very special adventure!
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  • We have been to Azure many times and the food was absolutely fabulous. We have always enjoyed our meals which are done to our satisfaction. Azure has to be one of the best resturants we have ever been to in Cape Town.
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  • My Brother, my 2 year old daughter and I had lunch at Azure last week Sunday. The food was FANTASTIC! The weather was absolutely perfect so we were fortunate enough to eat out on the big blue deck outside Azure, The view from that deck must be the best view in the whole world. Shane our waiter is very good at his job and made us feel very welcome, he even brought a blanket and some toys for my daughter so she could keep herself busy sitting on the deck playing away in the Sunshine. Azure is our new favourite Place to be.
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  • In a word, fabulous! A wonderful evening full of sweet little suprises, topped off by a R200 suprise discount at the end because it was my fiances birthday! A pricey restuarant, no doubt, but worth it for that special occasion.,
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Facilities

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

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