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New Tasting Menu at Azure Twelve Apostles Hotel

Journey Through the Cape – inspired food and wine pairing menu delights diners at Azure Restaurant.

Cape Town, May 2019 – Besides its location in Camps Bay, with awe-inspiring Atlantic views and sunsets, there’s a new reason to visit The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa’s Azure Restaurant.

Recognised as one of Cape Town’s top dining establishments, the Azure Restaurants Head Chef, Christo Pretorius has curated one of the most delightful menus yet – the Journey Through the Cape – a five-course food and wine pairing designed to bring the very best of the Western Cape to the Azure diner’s plate.

“The quality of the fresh produce is exceptional,” says Chef Christo. “And we’ve simply presented it in a way that allows it to speak for itself. From the Hemel & Aarde valley to the Cederberg, Stellenbosch, Karoo and Elgin… we’ve chosen the very best each region has to offer.”

Head Sommelier and Bouchard Finlayson Ambassador, Gregory Mutambe has partnered each dish with an emphasis on provenance. “Once I knew what regions and produce Chef Christo had selected, I simply looked for wines that expressed the essence of each region and displayed its typical attributes. Wines were also chosen on their ability to complement the food on the plate perfectly”

Before heading off to experience Azures’ Journey Through the Cape menu, our media retinue gathered in The Café Grill for introductions and to sample one of Chef Sarawut Sukkowplang’s new signature starter sushi dishes; Spicy miso tuna with deep-fried vegetarian dashi ponzu and Norwegian salmon roll.

Cape Atlantic Fruit de Mer starter at at Azure Twelve Apostles Hotel

This 24-hour al fresco styled eaterie even has a 4-course sushi dinner & movie combo served at the in-house cinema, accompanied by popcorn, a milkshake or soft drink and sweet snacks.

Azure’s Journey Through the Cape Menu

From the Hemel & Aarde region, Sommelier Gregory has chosen a 2018 Bouchard Finlayson Sauvignon Blanc Reserve to perfectly pair with Chef Christo’s Cape Atlantic Fruit de Mer amuse bouche.

ape Atlantic Fruit de Mer starter at Azure Restaurant
Cape Atlantic Fruit de Mer: yellowfin tuna tartare saffron mussel cream Saldanha Bay oyster edamame beans oyster and watercress emulsion pickled sea lettuce spaghetti.

Celebrating the Cederberg region, a Rooibos Smoked Ostrich starter teams up with a Cederberg Sustainable Rose 2018.

Rooibos Smoked Ostrich at Azure Restaurant
Rooibos Smoked Ostrich: blackberry vinaigrette mushroom ketchup pickled red cabbagetoasted walnuts.

From the Stellenbosch Region, a Kaapzicht Skuinsberg Cinsaut 2017 (which Sommelier Gregory describes as “an elegant wine with rounded tannins, leaving a silky, smooth feeling on the tongue”) accompanies the Joostenberg Duck mains dish.

Joostenberg Duck at Azure Restaurant
Joostenberg Duck: crispy duck breast confit duck leg arancini tender stem broccoli baby bok choi slow roasted tomatoes soy shitake mushroomsroast duck broth.

Of course, a ‘best of the Western Cape’ menu would not be complete without including the Karoo Region. The Moroccan Lamb Loin is paired with a 2015 Mount Sutherland Syrah from Super Single Vineyards. Gregory explains that this particular Syrah perfectly exhibits the extremes of temperature in the area, thus producing a deep concentration of flavours.

Moroccan Lamb Loin at Azure Restaurant
Moroccan Lamb Loin: harissa barbeque glaze spiced aubergine puree cucumber & tomato salsa turmeric & sultana couscous baby marrowchunky chermoula saucealmond cream.

The 5-course menus’ grand finale aims the sweet spot in the Elgin Region, with a decadent dessert duo of Apple Caramel Cheesecake and a Paul Cluver Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2017.

Apple Caramel Cheesecake at Azure Restaurant
Apple Caramel Cheesecake: roast apple with vanilla bean caramel crème⎮ vanilla delice toasted almond crumble burnt apple gel. Dressed with edible gold leaf foil.

Overall, this innovative menu is sure to inspire diners to take a Journey Through the Cape of their own….to experience the Western Cape first hand.

The price of the tasting menu is R825 per person, with wine pairing priced at R1,300 per person. For bookings visit the website at 12apostleshotel.com

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