We hit the gym and just made it in time for breakfast at Reuben’s, which ended at 11am. The breakfast buffet spanned the entire length of the restaurant. (would you expect anything less from OO?)
In addition to all of that they also have a hot breakfast menu which comes included with the breakfast. Breakfast is part of your room rate 🙂 The plan was to have a light breakfast so that we could do justice to lunch at the Test Kitchen. You’ll see from the pics below that, er, that didn’t really work out… :/
After that yumminess, we had an hour or so to kill before lunch (food, again?!) so we popped next door to the Aquarium, which is literally steps away from OO. This is a great Winter indoor activity, and also perfect for families. We came across the red Cape Town sight seeing bus, which departs from the Aquarium. I’ve heard such great things about the tours offered on this bus, even the locals love it.
I’ve been to many aquariums but the design of this one is particularly good. The lighting and glass has been created in such a way that you can see the colours of the fish perfectly, and it feels like they’re swimming towards you!
We then drove a whole 5 minutes to the Test Kitchen. The Waterfront is super central to everything you want to do in CT… nothing seemed to be further away than a 10 minute drive.
I had been greatly anticipating eating at the Test Kitchen since it got put on the list for the Top 50 restaurants in the WORLD. That is a pretty huge achievement. I loved the feel of the restaurant. Small, very simple and no fancy finishes. The food was anything but. There’s an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs working and interacting- they were all very calm and just went about their jobs as if it was routine. None of the craziness you see on reality TV! I felt like the idea was not to distract you by lights and sparkles in your dining area, but rather to keep you completely focused on the food. And that we were!
|Isn’t this pic a beaut?! I heart it 🙂|
|Starter: slow cooked sweet potatoes, smoked goat’s cheese mousse, olive and pine nut salsa, beetroot and apple puree|
|Starter: warm duck crepe, Jerusalem artichoke, hoisin dressing with parsnip crisps|
|Main: pan fried line fish, cauliflower and pine nut puree, warm salad of Nicola potato and Patagonian squid, dill veloute, caper and herb salad|
|Main: slow cooked “breast” and pan seared loin of lamb, harief glaze, white bean humus, ewe’s milk labneh with dry fig and cinnamon jus|
|Dessert: frozen cashew and cinnamon parfait, hazelnut butter, hazelnut and olive oil cake with a saffron lassi foam and pineapple tarte tatin|
|Dessert: figs two ways, olive oil ice cream, burnt nougat. Yoghurt curd with almond galette and fig vinaigrette|
I know I am not the only one who has no idea what some of this stuff is. Almond galette, Patagonian squid, hoisin dressing?! Don’t let this intimidate you. You don’t need to understand what all these terms mean to appreciate good food. You have taste buds, and that’s all that matters! We both loved all 3 courses we tried- truly an explosion of flavours. I could see that there was alot of thought put into each dish. I would never have thought that some of the ingredients used together would mix well- olive oil ice cream?! But it just worked. The dishes were extremely visually appealing and had flavour to match.
After that, we headed back to the hotel for some pampering 🙂 En route to the spa, I spotted the daily afternoon high tea spread set up at OO’s Vista bar. At R145 pp, I think this is great value- had I not been so stuffed from lunch, I would definitely have sampled some of the goodies.
|Picture from OO website|
|What a wine cellar!|
|Starter:chilli salted squid with compressed cucumber, fragrant herbs and lime mayonnaise|
|Starter: chicken and herb creamy crisps with raisin sauce and cape style salad|
|Main: spicy chicken and prawn curry with basmati rice, sambals and poppadoms|
|Main: steak and guinness pie- braised beef and ale goulash, buttery mash potato and garden peas. Not the most creative plating I’ve seen…|
The desserts were absolutely mindblowing….
|Dessert: chocolate truffle torte, malted ice cream, caramelized pear|
|Dessert: coconut custard, pineapple carpaccio, mango sorbet, crispy rice “paper” with salted peanuts|