Nothing like dining on the 19th floor of a prominent Cape Town hotel, with views of Cape Town’s city centre, the harbour, waterfront and Signal Hill and Table Mountain in the looming distance. Few places in Cape Town offer these unrivalled views – except of course, ON19 at The Westin.
The restaurant recently underwent a R1.1 million refurbishment and offers a chic, exclusive dining experience for the discerning customer. The menu features simple dishes, bold flavours and a focus on comfort. We had the pleasure of dining at ON19 – banquet style – with the city’s lights flickering below us. The dinner featured 12 of chef Chris Mare’s favourite dishes, served as tasting plates with wine to pair.
Our dinner featured dishes such as prawn dumplings, crisp fried with pickled cucumber, wasabi and curry mango sorbet; beef fillet with burnt onion and parsnip purée; Verjuice and honey glazed pork belly, bitterballen and apple chermoula. Dessert was a sugary medley featuring the likes of eskimo pie, chocolate pudding with salted caramel ice cream and a delicious caffeine rich dacquoise – hazelnuts, almond and espresso mandatory.
With wines such as Rainbows End Cabernet Franc Limited, La Motte Millennium and whites of equally impressive stature, the evening was no trouble at all. With the company of The Westin’s managing director, friendly staff and excellent service, it was a perfect escape from one of Cape Town’s rainy evenings – and from that height, all the better to appreciate it for.