Friday, April 28, 2017

Breakfast on the Azure deck at The Twelve Apostles

There can't be many places with a view like the panorama from the deck of Azure Restaurant at the Twelve Apostles Hotel, on the road from Bakoven towards Llandudno and Hout Bay. We were invited for a breakfast meeting last week and were delighted that our current Indian Summer was continuing. When we arrived at nine, the sea was calm, the weather warm and, yes, we would like to sit out on the terrace to enjoy the view. The hotel is part of the Red Carnation Group of International Hotels
You can choose your breakfast from the vast array on the hot and cold buffet or you can order a cooked breakfast from the menu. This was the local smoked salmon trout and charcuterie display with all the additions you could imagine
Help yourselves to fresh local oysters, juice, pastries and croissants
Very nice plump oysters on ice
A glass of Kleine Zalze Mèthode Cap Classique bubble to get the day started, on its own or with orange juice
Fresh fruit in season, yoghurts, cereals and porridges
Sprinkle your cereal or Bircher muesli with dried fruit, bran, nuts or seeds
Fresh fruit and the cheese board with freshly baked bread and biscuits
Just chilling. Breakfast is served from 7.00 to 10.30 am
The breakfast menu.
We began simply. A glass of the Kleine Zalze MCC and two good Americano black coffees, topped with a good crema. This was followed by a pain au chocolate for John and some smoked trout, cream cheese and a croissant for Lynne
You can often see whales and dolphins swimming by in the season. It is a popular spot and the hotel is a popular wedding and function venue
Now please don't judge. It is not a mean breakfast. The small helping was Lynne's choice from the self serve warm buffet, She tries not to eat too much. You can have a huge helping should you desire. And go back for more. The stars of the show were the creamy buttery scrambled egg and the 'home made' baked beans, which were smoky and slightly spicy. And yes the bacon is crisp
John ordered the three egg omelette with cheese, bacon and chorizo. Excellent
Fisherman out at sea, pulling in their catch. This whole coastline is a marine nature reserve, so we hope they had permits
A misty morning view of Lion's Head with its feet in the sea
Down on Oudekraal beach after breakfast
A friendly stray, on this resort, who probably lives off the remains of barbecue
A view of the hotel from the road. It is only a short drive into town over Kloof Nek, the pass between Lion's Head and Table Mountain
And a view of the whole coastline with the side of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles (the ridge of mountains behind the hotel) standing guard

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