Run by two masters in their fields and backed up by a line of tough professionals in the hospitality business, the 1on19 evening at The Westin Cape Town is a once off performance of culinary delight, occurring one evening a month but with a different theme, season appropriate.

2014 winner of ‘Ultimate Braai Master’ (not an easy title to achieve), Chef Stephen Mandes took over the kitchen of On19. Together with the theatrical Niall Bruyns, the hotel’s food and beverage manager, they orchestrate a celebratory evening of local ingredients and flavours.

Our April experience of Fynbos & Shiraz included 5 courses and 6 wines. The tasty dishes where a sophisticated interpretation with a remote resemblance to South African classics in the cases of the palate cleanser, the main course and the dessert, while the starter was an innovative dish of sour fig salami, a surprising pleasure.

On the cultivar side, moreover than pairing with Shiraz (also referred to as Syrah), we were taken into an in-depth exploration over the different notes this grape has to offer and the significant influence of the terroir in which it grows as per the diverse wine regions of the Western Cape.

In addition to the 1 ingredient- 1 cultivar evenings, the On19 daily menu received a total revamp and serves A La Carte menus for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant itself is located on the top floor (19!) of The Westin hotel. It dominates the main entrance to Cape Town and boasts a 270° panorama of the harbour, the V&A Waterfront and the CBD, all laying beneath Lion’s Head and Table Mountain.

Coffee and Pinotage curated menu will take place on 29 June and thereafter every last Friday of the month and is priced at R495 per person.


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