Hi foodies, I know you are all well, because Monday is (almost - not sure when the post will go live) over and the rest of the week should sprint by. Yasis, I don't know why I am so tired these days, but I live for weekends where I can just sleep...and of course eat!
Last week, I got to spend a day with the two lovely ladies from Ledlip PR and met a bunch of amazing food and lifestyle bloggers. Sidebar, I was starstruck when I met the people behind my favourite Cape Town food blogs and social pages. Our first stop was the President Hotel in Bantry Bay where we were treated to lunch at The Islands Restaurant.
Our mission was to experience all the goodness that Cape Town has to offer as a part of the WTM Africa trade show.
What is WTM?
World Travel Market delivers the leading global events for the travel industry and started the Africa portfolio in 2014. The WTM Africa event will be taking place in Cape Town and at the event(and beyond) WTM aims to help professionals in the African travel industry to drive commercial success with all year round access to make connections, industry news and developments, trends and technologies from around the world. Through their industry networks, global reach and regional focus, WTM Africa creates personal and business opportunities providing customers with quality contacts, content and communities. So it's definitely an event worth attending. I will leave details on the event below the post.
Let's get back to President Hotel.
Food: I love fish and seafood, wait let me say that again, I LOVE fish and seafood. So, naturally I was ecstatic when I heard that we will be having oysters as a starter, and fish as a main dish. The oysters were perfect - according to the food experts at the event and my taste buds. President plans on having an official launch in summer, but they will be available throughout the year.
They have also opened a pizzeria, called Base, which I would love to try in the near future.
Mains, was seabass. I couldn't tell whether this was freshwater or marine, but it was delicious either way. The seabass was pan fried and served on pea and mint velouté with soft potato on the side. For dessert we had deconstructed lemon meringue and sorbet. This was perfectly paired with a dessert wine with notes of pear and apricot, so sweet. Delish!
Service: Friendly and prompt waiting staff, that allows you to breathe? That's what you get at the President Hotel. There were times when I thought they could read minds, because they knew exactly what we needed. When we needed it.
Decor: Simplicity really is the ultimate sophistication. White walls, white deck chairs, white umbrellas with an island view (referring to the palm trees here) really had me feeling like I was on vacay. On the interior, it had the look of an art museum x wine cellar - fêncy fêncy ne. They plan on adding more art to the passages leading up to the rooms and many sections are getting a revamp,so expect some more je ne sais quoi with each of your visits.
Overall: President Hotel gets an 9/10 from me. This was my first oyster experience and President Hotel made it a memorable one, thank you!
Until we eat again X.O. Ivy
WTM Africa Event:
Dates: 18th - 20th April