One of the best things about being a newcomer to Cape Town is that I have the opportunity to dig into the treasure trove of restaurants, cafes, bars, and other eateries that the city has to offer. It always seems like a waste to repeat a restaurant, and it’s always a treat when I get to try out a new place. A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to visit the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel, and to try out their Sunday lunch buffet.

The lunch is offered on the first Sunday of every month and was resurrected in January after a several-month absence. This is more of a special occasion-type outing than a casual affair – the buffet costs a hefty R495 per person.

I’d never before been to the hotel, although I drive past it regularly. The Savour Restaurant is luxurious, full of white furniture and glass fixtures. The staff is friendly and attentive. One of the main fixtures of the Sunday buffet is bottomless bubbly, and my glass was never empty, however hard I tried.

Bottomless bubbly?

That’s right – diners receive unlimited Graham Beck Methode Cap Classique and can choose to drink brut or rosé (or both).

After drinking a couple sips of bubbly and gazing around at the furnishings and my fellow diners, I ventured over to the actual buffet, and found a huge spread of absolutely gorgeous food.

The buffet can be conceptually divided into three sections – hot food, “cold” food, and dessert.

The “cold” food is definitely the star attraction – a long table absolutely full of gorgeous tapas-style dishes. There, I found what might be expected – salads, bread, and meats, as well as beautifully-prepared small plates, including martini glasses with prawns or veggie salads, sushi, fruits, mussels, and little glasses full of flavoured meat.

Several tapas-style dishes at the lunch buffet.

Several tapas-style dishes at the lunch buffet.

Customers can choose from a variety of meats, cheeses, and bread as well. I went back and forth from this table several times and wasn’t able to sample even half of what was offered. The cheeses, breads, and meats were high quality and delicious, and I loved a couple of the tapas-style dishes, but a couple missed their mark. Some of the seafood dishes had a strange texture or flavours that seemed a little off.

Everything in the hot food section was delicious, however. This offers less selection, but everything offered was tasty – chicken, lasagne, beef, vegetables, rice, and bean dishes were all well-cooked and seasoned. I attacked this table second, and wished that I’d left myself a little more room.

A hot chicken dish at the lunch buffet.

A hot chicken dish at the lunch buffet.

A beef dish in the hot food section of the lunch buffet.

A filet mignon dish in the hot food section of the lunch buffet.

But the shining jewel of the buffet was the dessert table. Almost as long as the cold food table, it was stuffed with everything a sweet-tooth could want, from puddings to mousses to cupcakes to pastries. I took a picture of the table and Instagrammed it – “I think I’m in heaven #dessert”.

 

I think I’m in heaven #dessert

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And I was, despite being full from my noble efforts at tasting everything else on offer. I managed to snag a layered mousse and chocolate pudding cup, as well as an angel cake with fruit on top and a red velvet cupcake. All were delicious, and I can’t imagine anything on that table disappointing anyone.

All in all, if you’re into spending  R495 on lunch, the Sunday buffet at the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel is a good option. You get unlimited food and bubbly, so depending how much you can eat, you can decide whether it’s worth it to try. I would say it’s worth it just for the high-class hotel restaurant vibe, unlimited bubbly, dessert bar, and the feeling you get when you see all the gorgeous dishes lined up for you to choose.

The next buffet will be on Sunday, 1 May. For those interested, contact the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel at 021 469 8000 or via email at reservations@15onorangehotel.com to make a (necessary) reservation.

About The Author

Elise Harmon

Elise is an intern from Boston, Massachusetts, where she attends Northeastern University. Elise is studying journalism and has previously worked for the Boston Globe and BostInno and been an editor at her school newspaper, The Huntington News. Elise has a passion for telling people's stories and enjoys running, reading, cooking, and petting dogs.

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