The Plettenberg is a world class five-star hotel situated on the water’s edge in prestigious Plettenberg Bay. From here, guests can savour some of the best views in South Africa. Majestic mountains and long stretches of pristine beaches are the perfect backdrop for an establishment that is the ideal luxury escape. However, one cannot speak about The Plettenberg without reference to its signature restaurant SeaFood.
SeaFood at The Plettenberg celebrates its site at the seaside. The emphasis is on fresh local seafood and other seasonal produce from the area. The menu is created in accordance with the seasons and there is, throughout, a sense of the food being sustainably connected to this specific region of South Africa.
Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff has created magnificent signature dishes that incorporate both the ingredients and flavours of the Plettenberg Bay area. In addition to the seafood dishes, there are also what are known as the Collection Signature Dishes – mouth-watering dishes that appear on all the menus across the establishments in the Liz McGrath Collection.
I started my meal with a Garden Route Salad, which was a beautifully balanced combination of fresh, flavourful ingredients. This was followed by Seafood Linguini. The incredibly fresh seafood was wonderfully prepared so that the flavours took centre stage. Simply delicious! I also sampled the Slow Roast Crispy Duck – the crisp duck won ton with soy and honey sauce was out of this world. I cannot resist chocolate fondant, so it was no surprise that that’s what I ordered next. What arrived was a dark chocolate and toffee fondant with lavender ice-cream, pistachio crumble and strawberries. This innovative take on a classic dessert was heaven on a plate.
To accompany the delightful dishes is an award-winning wine list featuring superb wines from the top estates in the region. It’s another chance to have a glass of South Africa’s incredible sparkling wine.
The ambiance is contemporary yet relaxed, reflecting the restaurant’s location. The colours and decor echo the exquisite views of Formosa Bay. Here they have taken the beach theme, which is usually very casual, and given it an upmarket slant so that the overall effect is elegant and sophisticated. The interior is primarily white with subtle lighting and large glass doors opening out onto a terrace. Colour is introduced by several large floor to ceiling photographs of marine life in bright blue hues.
Here you can indulge in perfectly prepared dishes in delightful surrounds that are made all the more enjoyable by the professional yet friendly service. It’s the perfect combination of incredible food, attentive service, and the relaxation of a seaside location.