Extraordinary Dining in Extraordinary South Africa

Long gone are the days when travellers were happy to have a bland buffet dinner included in their package, or be on the lookout for a trusty McDonald’s to satisfy their hunger. Nowadays, the focus on culinary inclusions in an itinerary is more important than ever. Savvy travellers not only want to “eat like a local,” but also want to “feast like a king,” and have become much more adventurous when it comes to sampling local delicacies. You can truly get the “flavour” of this extraordinary country on your next South Africa vacation!

Kitchen at Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Kitchen at Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

On a recent visit to Cape Town I decided to treat my extended family to the “Chef’s Table” at the iconic Mount Nelson Hotel, where I was staying. This unique dining experience takes place in the kitchen of the hotel, giving diners the perfect view of the chefs at work. A big wooden table is set up in a recess of the kitchen, with an oversized mirror offering a bird’s eye view. We were encouraged to walk around the kitchen and chat with the chefs while they were at work, asking questions as to what they were preparing. The menu was 7 courses and predominately seafood, but we had a completely non-fish eater who was duly accommodated with equally mouthwatering dishes.

Each chef presented the dish they had prepared and explained it to us in detail, as well as recommended the best wine to pair with each course. It truly was a feast for our senses and was a wonderful way to spend an evening. For special occasions this can be offered to just 2 clients but seats up to a maximum of 12, so is perfect for small groups, or families and friends.

Suggested Itinerary:
10-Day Legendary Cape and Delta

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Exterior in Cape Town, South Africa
Mount Nelson Hotel exterior, Cape Town

One of my contemporaries, Linda Pampallis, along with Goway’s Moira Smith, recently experienced the Chef’s table at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal, and gave the following account.

For a unique dining experience that’s sure to tickle your taste buds, The Oyster Box Chef’s Table experience cannot be missed! Join Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph, and his talented team for an evening of legendary dining. Kick off your evening at the Oyster Bar, enjoying champagne and canapés.

Head to the kitchen for your “behind the scenes” tour of the working kitchen.  Feel a part of the drama as the chefs prepare a delicious 5-course menu, for between 6 and 10 guests, right before your eyes.

This unique dining experience is available to book from Monday to Sunday for dinner, and would make for a special South Africa vacation treat. Three delicious 5-course dinner menu options are available for selection.

Suggested Itinerary:
4-Day Oyster Box – Stay of Distinction

Related Article:
Experiencing the Chef’s Table at the Oyster Box

Oyster Box - Chefs Table Chef Kevin Joseph, Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph, Oyster Box Hotel

Some of the other not-to-be-missed, South Africa vacation culinary experiences we offer include:

  • The Gold Restaurant in Cape Town, which includes a 14-course menu of dishes from all over Africa, along with interactive drumming and entertainment
  • Richards Supper Stage, a theatrical evening with a taste of South African dishes
  • The Foodbarn – our newest addition which serves as the perfect lunch setting on the Peninsula tour, or those just looking for a relaxing setting with exquisite food!
Gold Restaurant Singing Ladies wGuests, South Africa
Singing and dancing at the Gold Restaurant

For more information on these incredible dining experiences, or how you could add them to your South Africa vacation, please visit us at www.goway.com.

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Kirsty Perring
Kirsty Perring

Africa Experts Product Manager – Although British born and now Toronto based, Kirsty grew up in South Africa and is completely passionate about all things Africa. She finds it hard to choose a favourite destination, but lists Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, and Botswana as some of the most special places she has visited, and feels it’s not just about where you go and what you see, but who you get to experience it with. Kirsty is always up for an adventure and will try anything once. As such, she has para-glided in South Africa, zip lined in Mauritius, dived the Red Sea, hot air ballooned in Egypt, and even swam in the Okavango Delta. Next on Kirsty’s bucket list is to climb Kilimanjaro!

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