Tobago’s at the Radisson Hotel Cape Town
This is my first restaurant of Restaurant Week SA 2016, and it is cold and pouring down. 😩
I’ve decided to include my husband in my mission this year. So I’m using this as a ‘date night’ opportunity.
So our son off to the grandparents for the evening, I go straight from work- gym( freshly bathed, of course) and I meet my husband at the hotel restaurant for dinner.
Drinks: I started with a yummy cocktail, always out to try new combinations and this didn’t disappoint. To save costs I usually bring my own wine to restaurants. But they had a good selection of wines.
Food: The menu: restaurant week menu vs Ala Carte. The restaurant week menu was custom made, which I always appreciate; that extra effort to impress. The menu also had options, wasn’t just one starter, mains and desserts. Good so far!
When comparing rest. week menu to ala Carte, you then realize how expensive this restaurant is. Hotel or no hotel, fine dining or no fine dining; a line must be drawn. A simple garden salad for almost R150, a basic curry for almost R200? 😳😳
But tonight we get to have a 3 course meal for R300 each😊.
Starters: options are: 3 bean soup with chorizo OR roasted butternut and beetroot salad OR
I chose the salad of course while my husband chose the heart warming spicy soup. As much as the salad was fresh, it wasn’t very tasty or flavorful. The natural flavours weren’t congruent.
My husband’s soup on the other hand was utterly delicious. He was even licking the bowl by the end of it.
Mains: Options are: caprese stuffed chicken served with barley, while hubby had a Cape Malay curry.
The verdict: the chicken was so soft, tender and beautifully cooked but the stuffing was MIA( missing in action). As for the other components, the barley was just heavy and flavourless and the mousse, well I don’t even remember what it tasted like.
Desserts: Presentation just beautiful.
I had a creme brûlée while my husband had a chocolate mousse. My dessert was absolutely stunning, I’ve eaten a lot of creme brûlée in my life and I think THIS WAS THE BEST I’VE EVER TASTED. Unfortunately hubby wasn’t as impressed, his mousse was so dense.
Findability: not an issue as we both knew where the hotel was. Have been to their other restaurant for lunch a few years earlier.
Parking is underground and we are charged R5 each, instead of the full price. That’s appreciated.
Location: knowing the place, I know how beautiful the location is, right on the ocean overlooking Robben Island. But the weather is making the place so gloomy.
Ambience: The decor is good and it feels prestigious and upmarket but the ovewhelming feeling is ‘DULL’, it feels like an upmarket hotel dining room where you go down and eat breakfast in the morning. Not a restaurant.
Service: excellent. From the front staff, restaurant management to the waiters. Very smooth, well oiled service. With presence but not pestering, good collaboration between staff.
Affordability & Value for money: I don’t think so. I appreciate good food and I’m not a cheap-skate but a line has to be drawn.
But at least tonight we get to have a 3 course meal for R300 each😊.
Ambience: poor. Feels like a hotel dining room not a restaurant; very formal, clinical and cold. Not even soft music in the restaurant to create some ambience. Almost feels like a ‘get in, eat and get out as soon as possible’ kind of place.
Overall rating: 6,5/10. As much as my Creme Brûlée was the best, I still wouldn’t pay this ridiculous amount of money for it. And if it wasn’t for it, the restaurant would’ve scored a 6/10.
Would I recommend it? Ummmmh, no. There’s much better food in the area for much less.
I would go back in summer though for cocktails with the girls…. 💃🏽🍸🍹.