Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town
The restaurant offers an extensive Mediterranean-inspired buffet as well as an à la carte menu with an impressive selection of grilled meats and roasted line fish.
Guests can also look forward to daily specials harvested from local markets.
The fresh and colourful buffet includes a wide range of seasonal salads, home cured and home smoked charcuterie, fresh seafood and shellfish platters and a variety of South African cheeses. All sauces, tapenades and pates are made in-house and the exceptional breads are baked in The Nellie’s kitchens.
The selection of hot dishes changes daily and could include anything from Roast Beef with assorted baby root vegetable to Cape Malay Chicken Curry.
Sunday lunches are even more resplendent with the addition of a carvery station serving roast beef sirloin, leg of lamb, Beef Wellington, slow cooked slated beef, chicken curry and grilled line fish, as well as a magnificent selection of vegetable dishes.
The Bistro’s relaxed atmosphere lends itself perfectly to a warm and welcoming sunny bite. Complemented by a well thought out wine and cocktail list, and an inviting terrace overlooking the swimming pool.
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11am
Lunch: 12h30 - 3pm
Kindly note that Oasis Bistro is a seasonal restaurant, and closes for lunch during Winter.
Afternoon Tea and light lunches are served daily in The Lounge.
Afternoon Tea has always made iconic moments at the Mount Nelson. Imagine the scene: debonair, fedora’d Henry Dike plays the grand piano as a silver tiered stand, glittering with sweet gems, is brought to your table. The spread showcases local and global classics, including traditional melktert with Cape Malay cinnamon and cardamom, baked cheesecake with white chocolate and tangy berry tartelettes.
And that’s just the start. Baskets of warm, freshly baked scones and traditional koesisters sprinkled with coconut beckon you to indulge, while savoury options include the hotel’s famous mushroom empanadas, cauliflower and onion pakoras, Farmer Angus beef frikkadels, and delicate finger sandwiches with enticing fillings such as smoked Franschhoek trout. Going green? Treat your taste buds to Chef Rudi’s imaginative plant-based menus.
As for the brew itself, we offer an unparalleled selection of premium leaf and flowering teas from all over the world, as well as healthy local infusions. Make sure to try our signature Mount Nelson Tea, an exquisite blend with pink rose petals, or opt for the earthy, yet delicate orange and spice rooibos from the Cederberg.
Afternoon Tea is served in the lounge, on the terrace or around the garden fountain.
Seating times are available 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Embark on a journey of culinary discovery at our dynamic Chef’s Table. Prepare for a fun, interactive experience where the sights, sounds, scents and flavours of sublime, creative cuisine are brought irresistibly to life.
You’ll be escorted by one of our chefs from the Planet Bar through to the heart of the hotel kitchen. Behind the hub of activity, an intimate dining space awaits. And so begins a wonderfully immersive experience, as different chefs serve a succession of regional and international specialities, taking you round the world with innovative dishes, from canapés and breads to mains and desserts.
Listen to the industrious sounds of chopping, stirring and sizzling. Breathe in the aromas of succulent meats and rich sauces. Feel the creative energy as you witness Chef Rudi and his talented team in full-throttle action.
It’s all about interacting: talk to the chefs about their specialities, discover stories behind the recipes and the local, seasonal ingredients. Wander into the kitchen to observe delicacies being prepared, even stir a pan or two if you fancy.
Join our chefs on this authentic journey, each one different from the last. Come away deliciously satisfied with an enriched understanding of a dynamic kitchen.
Lord Nelson Restaurant
Soak up the atmosphere of our timeless dining room while savouring much-loved classics and impeccable service. The elegant, wood-panelled space dates from the hotel’s inauguration in 1899. It was here that, in 1994, President Nelson Mandela welcomed the world's leaders for the first World Economic Forum ever to be held on African soil. Admire the minstrels’ gallery and the pressed ceilings depicting the history of the British Empire’s South African colonies. Browse a menu of enduring favourites with a contemporary twist, such as Beef Wellington and Crêpes Suzette, served with flair by smartly uniformed staff. Ideal for special occasions or simply to experience the unique old-world charm of this storied dining room.
Cool, chic, yet timelessly elegant, Planet Bar throngs all year round with well-heeled Capetonians sipping sundowner cocktails or pre-dinner champagne.
The bar’s stylish celestial décor, quirky touches and comfy couches create a relaxing ambience, whether you’re people-watching from the terrace in the summer or curling up by the fire with a glass of red in the winter.
Planet Bar offers an extensive cocktail menu, a wide selection of champagnes and wines, and an assortment of light menus and canapés.
Open daily from 12.00 until late.
New for this season we introducing a novel culinary service: gourmet picnics by the pool or in the shade of our timeless trees. Choose to lounge by the heated swimming pool, soaking up the vistas, or have your basket laid out in a sheltered spot in the garden.
Delve into the wicker hamper to discover light finger food delicacies, Winelands cheeses, artisanal Bosman, Spier and Jewell’s charcuterie served with homemade atjars, pickles and tapenades, and much more. Chef Rudi, who believes in sourcing tasty regional produce as ethically as possible, suggests you add some sparkle with a local Cap Classique, or why not splash out with a vintage Champagne?
Picnics are available Wednesdays to Sundays from 12h00 - 18h00, basket collections are between 12h00 and 13h00.