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Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013
NOTED by CNN to be one of the most important food destinations on the globe to visit this summer, One&Only Cape Town now offers guests the opportunity to explore the best restaurants and foodie highlights in and around the city as recommended by its very own celebrity chef Reuben Riffel.
Over the past fifteen years, Cape Town and its surrounds have become well known as a gourmet destination. Thanks to a plethora of award-winning restaurants, world-class chefs and an abundance of fresh, locally grown produce, the city’s culinary reputation is growing and many visitors to the city are astounded by the outstanding food quality and value-for-money dining opportunities. From authentic ocean-to-table and farm-to-fork experiences to lazy slow food lunches, elegant fine dining and multi-layered authentic local menus, visitors to Cape Town are certainly spoilt for choice.
Add to this that Cape Town will be celebrating its status as World Design Capital 2014 in a myriad creative ways next year, from diverse cultural endeavours to fascinating adventures in the city’s cuisine scene – global aficionados are left in no doubt that the ‘pretty city’ situated at the tip of the African continent is an undoubted international hotspot.
One&Only Cape Town celebrates its status as a city dining destination thanks to the fact that the first Nobu in Africa can be found here and that local celebrity chef Reuben Riffel has his eponymous restaurant here too.
And while a meal in any of these eateries comes highly recommended, what better way to discover what Cape Town has to offer than by a series of seats at some of the other eateries in the area? To celebrate the diverse offerings in and around the city, One&Only Cape Town has compiled a tried and tested ‘recommended by Reuben Riffel’ gourmet guide for its guests).
“There’s nothing better to me than showing visitors just how exciting our culinary scene is; each of these restaurants has a special something and a chef who is doing extraordinary things in the kitchen”, says Reuben who also hosts a weekly demo and dinner at Reuben’s One&Only – the ideal opportunity for foodies to get up close and personal with this warm and enthusiastic chef.
Tapping into the trend for artisanal food and drink, One&Only Cape Town has also teamed with local company Fab Food Cape Town Tours to offer a series of intimate gourmet adventures which vary in length and offering – from an expedition where coffees, pastries and handmade chocolates are among the spoils to an evening adventure taking in the likes of a craft brewery and a night market. This innovative company includes guided tours to the best markets and producers and insight into Cape heritage cuisine in their itineraries and guarantees a fascinating experience in the company of passionate and knowledgeable local food personalities and guides Ishay Govender and Dawn Jorgensen.
Choose from a series of “Fab Food Tours”:
Cape Town Delights
A full day tour exploring some of Cape Town’s lesser known and best loved culinary gems. The tour starts with artisanal pastries and Fair Trade coffee at a local urban bakery, includes lunchtime fish and chips at the seaside and ends with a visit to a cutting-edge local chocolatier.
Cost: from INR 9000 approx. per person per day
Cape Town & Beyond
This two-day experience offers a snapshot of the varied cultures and traditions that together form the Cape’s culinary melting pot. From a stroll through the Bo Kaap, the city’s traditional Malay neighbourhood to authentic African dishes in a local township tavern followed by a tour to the Winelands and an opportunity to experience the tastes, sights and sounds of this picturesque region, this is edible education at its best.
Cost: from INR 9000 approx. per person per day
Hip Cape Town
This evening epicurean adventure is an ideal way to experience what urban Cape Town has to offer at night. From craft beers to crépes, night markets and gourmet hot dogs in secret little eateries, this guided tour offers a quick four-hour taste of Cape Town in the company of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide.
Cost: from INR 11,000 approx. including all food
In addition to these unique gourmet adventures, One&Only guests will also be able to partake in a series of ‘off-the-beaten-track’ tours as part of the fascinating self-guided and expert-led itineraries programme included in the World Design Capital 2014 events line up for the year. These itineraries will showcase even more artisans, producers and pioneers in the local food and restaurant world, offering visitors an opportunity to experience the city’s culinary offerings in a deeply personal and utterly authentic way.
One&Only Cape Town prides itself in offering guests a unique and unforgettable experience at their five-star urban resort. What better way to create indelible memories than with an experience that encompasses the resort’s outstanding accommodation and leisure facilities with an authentic epicurean adventure and some of the best food and wine the region has to offer?