Review: Sunday Lunch at The President Hotel is a Family Affair

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Sundays are made for seaside walks and lingering lunches; luckily, on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard, you can do both. If you’re looking for a cracker of a way to spend a Sunday with the family, then why not enjoy a seaside stroll on the Sea Point Promenade with the family before settling down at The President Hotel for a Sunday lunch feast of epic proportions?

Going for Sunday lunch with family and friends is a tradition everyone can get on board with. Plus, when you’re not doing the cooking and post-lunch cleaning, everyone from your gran to your mom, to your little brother can enjoy themselves. With its Sunday lunch buffet offering, The President Hotel offers families a place to sit back, relax, and enjoy quality family time over a delicious meal.

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And boy, what a meal it is! The menu for the hotel’s Sunday feast changes weekly, but there’s enough going on in this epic spread to please even the pickiest of eaters. Each week the buffet boasts a live pasta station (complete with a giant cheese wheel!), carvery, salad bar, and a dessert table, and waffle station. For the kids, there’s also a build-your-own pizza activity. If you want my advice, make sure you arrive hungry, because you won’t want to miss a bite!

I popped into The President Hotel on a sunny Sunday for lunch with the boyfriend and was delighted with the festive family feel in the hotel’s restaurant. While we had our cosy little table for two, we were surrounded by large tables of families and friends, soaking up the atmosphere and having a jolly time. As soon as you step foot in the restaurant, you are made to feel welcome. It’s not very often that you can feel immediately at ease, especially given the past few months, but the staff at The President really do go above and beyond to ensure everyone in the room is treated like an old friend.

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The large restaurant, with its double-volume ceilings, and large glass doors, lends itself to celebrating the seaside surroundings of the hotel. With both indoor and outdoor seating available, guests can choose to enjoy lunch with a view of the pool or come in from the heat and cool off inside. Either way, you’ll be able to enjoy your Sunday meal with the smell of fresh sea air and beautiful ocean views. Live music and a kid’s outdoor play area, further contribute to the relaxing, yet fun atmosphere of the occasion.

What’s on the menu

Of course, the atmosphere plays a huge role in anyone’s enjoyment of a restaurant, but let’s get back to the main event; the food. If there’s one style of eating I’ve truly missed over the past 2 years it’s the humble buffet. When done right, buffet dining is indeed a magical thing. There’s something about being offered a smorgasbord of delicious eats coupled with the freedom to dish up as much or as little, as you like of each morsel… and of course, the joy of going back for a second helping of your favourite finds! When it comes to buffet-style dining, the team at The President Hotel is knocking it out of the park.

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I started my meal off slowly with a Roast Pear, Walnut, and Gorgonzola Salad, freshly baked mini cocktail bread rolls from the bountiful bread basket, and a small helping of Roast Carrot and Lentil soup. Not a bad starter. The walnut salad was a delicious mix of sweet and sour flavours, while the soup was creamy and comforting. I loved the salad so much I went back for seconds and grabbed a Caesar Salad for good measure.

Next up, it was time for pasta. The live pasta station allows you to create your own unique flavour combinations (with the help of a friendly chef, of course!). Simply choose your style of pasta (penne or spaghetti), and add toppings (Pancetta, ham, mushroom, sun blushed tomato, artichoke, garlic, you name it!). Finally, you choose your sauce (Napoletana, Carbonara, or Alfredo) and then, before serving, the chef tops your creation with a generous helping of cheese from the huge cheese wheel for an ultra-cheesy experience you won’t soon forget.

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After pigging out on cheesy pasta, I moved on to the Sunday carvery with all the trimmings. This portion of the buffet is indeed the highlight. The spread included beautifully cooked, tender Sous Vide Sirloin with Bone Marrow Jus as well as a selection of Roast Baby Potatoes, Grilled Baby Vegetables, Basmati Rice, and Brinjal and Roast Pepper Moussaka. There was also a lamb curry with roti for those who weren’t interested in the sirloin. Naturally, I had to try a bit of everything. All the elements on my plate were a home run for sure, but it was the roast potato and Brinjal and Roast Pepper Moussaka that I kept going back to with every mouthful.

Of course, I also made sure I left plenty of room for dessert. The dessert table featured an array of sweet treats including mini Baked Rhubarb Cheesecake, bite-sized Chocolate and Hazelnut Brownies, Tiramisu, and a Cheese Board with crackers, preserves, and toasted nuts. The chocolate brownie was one of my favourite bites on offer; gooey in the centre with a drizzle of passion fruit syrup to counteract the sweetness of the chocolate.

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I also ensured I added a waffle to my plate and topped it with chocolate sauce, mini marshmallows and caramelised popcorn. The only thing missing at the waffle station, for me, was ice cream. There was Chantilly Cream available at the waffle station, but nothing beats waffles and ice cream, so I would have liked to have this as an option. Of course, that’s more of a personal preference, and next time I will probably just order a scoop of ice cream on the side.

How to book

The Sunday Lunch at The President Hotel is the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday with friends and family. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want an excuse to get out of the house; you can’t go wrong with this unique experience. A classic Sunday roast lunch experience is hard to come by these days and for me, it’s reassuring to know that I have now found a Sunday roast spot that I can rely on, time and time again.

The President Hotel

This unique lunch experience puts a South African spin on the traditional Sunday lunch and in my books is certainly a strong contender for the best Sunday lunch experience in Cape Town.

The President Hotel Sunday lunch runs every Sunday from 13:00 – 15:00 and is R295 per person for adults. Kids 9 – 13 years-old pay just R125, kids 4 – 8 years-old pay R100, and kids under 3 eat free! Book now emailing events@presidenthotel.co.za or calling 021 434 8111 or 066 038 4521.

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