Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sunday buffet lunch at The Twelve Apostles

The weather has been slightly spring-like for the last week and now is back to cold rainy and miserable, but Sunday was a lovely exception and we had the good luck to have been invited by the 12 Apostles to come and try out their Sunday buffet at Azure restaurant.  We sat on the terrace enjoying the sunshine and watched whales dance in the bay while enjoying our lunch and some good wines
One of the most beautiful coastlines in the world
Azure has a large terrace just perfect for lunch. Above is the bar, where people meet for drinks before lunch
Inside the blue restaurant with the buffet spread in the centre
Starters and fresh salads, crudités, and dips
Lovely background music by Jenie Oliver
Just half of the dessert buffet!
The cheese platter
Seafood pasta
Stir fried vegetables and butternut
Char grilled dorado. This was absolutely delicious. The fish was very fresh, moist and had that lovely wood charred flavour
Lynne chats to old friend Gavin Ferreira, F&B Manager of the 12 Apostles, who had explained the buffet to us
The carvery offered rib eye of beef, very tender perfectly pink and good roast lamb.  In the background pretty amazing Yorkshire puddings
More beef and barbecue chicken wings
John does a meat oriented starter
Lynne fish and salad, That small breadcrumbed ball was mushroom risotto with truffle.  Superb
Our extremely pleasant and helpful waiter Onela poured us first some lovely Bouchard Finlayson wines. Lynne had a glass of their award winning Sauvignon Blanc and John had the Sans Barrique Chardonnay
One aspect we don’t like of the terrace, they allow guests to smoke. We find it does not go well with lunch.  Or dinner, or breakfast. This woman chain-smoked right through our lunch
Dorado, pesto orzo and some good raw asparagus and roasted vegetables for John
Head Chef Michael McIntyre is responsible for this good Sunday buffet which costs R285 pp and will run till the end of September. If you are celebrating your birthday, they offer you a complimentary bottle of Sparkling Wine to complement your meal in the Azure Restaurant. Just bring your identity document to qualify
A meat eater’s portion of beef, lamb and Yorkshire pudding
Was this cake irresistible to John? No. Lynne had a spoonful of the very creamy rice pudding and a spoonful of the malva pudding and covered them in the vanilla custard and the caramel sauce. Heavenly way to cheat.  But no seconds
Another dessert selection
John’s slice of cake with some fruit
Head sommelier Gregory Mutambe with a media pack for us to take home. It contained lots of information on the hotel and the Red Carnation Group and a rather nice notebook, always a welcome gift to a journo
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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