A fresh and light space overlooking the pool at the iconic Belmont Mount Nelson hotel, Oasis Bistro is exactly that – a serene hideaway. Stepping out of the hum of traffic and into the tranquil surrounds is the just the thing for a peaceful breakfast or lunch in season (the restaurant is closed over winter).
Breakfasts vary from quick and easy to hearty and filling. Lunch menus change frequently and, as can be expected from head chef Rudi Liebenberg, local produce and free-range and organic ingredients dominate. Fresh, wholesome and predominately Mediterranean-inspired meals can be enjoyed in a leisurely fashion alfresco, and children are also welcome.
Breakfast can be enjoyed from the buffet spread, a selection from the à la carte menu including a rib-eye steak with fries and grilled kippers with a poached egg, or a combination of both.
For lunch, indulge in platters of charcuterie and farm cheeses served with homemade pickles, preserves and breads. Or go the traditional route: starters include ceviche with lime and avocado, spicy calamari with baby marrows, or a warm tomato and aubergine tart. Mains range from a Cape Malay chicken curry with a variety of accompaniments to steak tartare with frites, grilled meats and salads.
Service is polished and efficient.
There is a good selection of wines, bubbly and alcoholic drinks, including well-made cocktails. Try the homemade ice tea for a non-alcoholic option.
This is an informal, cheerful space. Opt to sit outdoors if it isn’t too hot. The hotel's spa is situated next door, so this is a good spot to enjoy a meal after a treatment.
You can also order lighter fare like wraps from the pool menu. (The pool itself is only available to guests staying at the hotel.)