There’s so many incredible and emerging spots to dine in the CBD and Sea Point that you tend to forget about hotel restaurants. Which is why being invited to a menu tasting at the Radisson Blu Le Vendome in Sea Point was both surprising and intriguing.
We were offered the special opportunity to sit down with Executive Chef Chad Inder, as he spoke us through the Mediterranean inspired seven course meal ahead of us. Each month Chef Chad changes the menu, with focus on a different cuisine or ingredient. For the month of June, his focus has been Mediterranean fare. More specifically, Spanish, Greek, and Moroccan cuisine.
Savoury comfort food at Radisson Blu Le Vendome
Lunch kicked off with a Moroccan chicken soup, followed by a slow-cooked Spanish beef and bean stew. Both were packed with flavour. Next was the beef fillet, which was smothered in a rich bacon sauce, and served with what seemed like a fondant potato. However, the proceeding course of duck breast with black beans, chorizo, and pork belly was a savoury explosion. If you’re a hardcore carnivore this will be right up your alley. At this point, I was finding all the red meat a little overwhelming, but then a delightfully light panfried sea bass landed in front of me and answered all my prayers. Served atop rice with sautéed peppers, this fish dish is succulent and satisfying.
Don’t skimp on dessert at Radisson Blu Le Vendome
When dining at Radisson Blu Le Vendome, I urge you to save space for dessert. Their Rooibos creme brûlée is seriously sophisticated in both presentation and taste. I adored the perfect balance of creamy custard and woody sweet rooibos. Any chocolate fan will love the molten lava cake, but anyone at all will love the creme brûlée. Being a tea fanatic, I was ecstatic to learn that Radisson Blu Le Vendome has an extensive specialised tea menu. I finished my indulgent meal with the most blissful ayurveda ginger and lemongrass tea.
Radisson Blu Le Vendome has two restaurants on site. We dined at La Mer, which is pretty much street-side, while ADD restaurant and pool is more casual and said to be incredible during summer. La Mer will be renovated over the course of the year, as it’s admittedly a bit cold and lacking in character at present. However, the quality comfort food on offer is still a good reason to visit. Hot bowls of Spanish stew, or comforting plates of duck and beans is just what the doctor ordered this winter.
Visit Radisson Blu Le Vendome’s website for more info on both their restaurants, and accomodation. Be sure to book a table before the menu changes in July.