The newly built 126 Cape Kitchen restaurant inside the 5-star Hilton Cape Town City Centre hotel is one of the best new additions to the long list of restaurants in Cape Town.
The restaurant that’s open to the public from 06:30 to 22:30 daily, offers what the chef calls “fun dining”, a culinary twist to traditional fine dining restaurants.
Being certified halaal by the Islamic Council of South Africa (ICSA), the restaurant is a favourite amongst, locals, especially during the months of Ramadan. Being halaal certified, the restaurant still caters to nationalities, cultures and will even prepare meals according to the patrons’ dietary requirements.
The hotel however offers alcohol on the Signal Hill restaurant, located on the Mezzanine level at the pool deck. If you wish to dine from the 126 CKC menu and prefer an alcoholic drink with your meal, you are welcome to dine at the Signal Hill restaurant and they will gladly serve you there.
As alcohol is not served in the 126 Cape Kitchen restaurant, the team prides themselves on it’s selection of teas and coffees. Truth Coffee, one of the leading coffee brands in the world, and native to Cape Town, is served from the 126 Café, located in the lobby. The café also serves couture teas from Ronneveldt, including Masala Chai, Rooibos chocolate truffle, Matcha and Spring Darjeeling.
The signature offers of the restaurant is Tea Pairing, Master Classes, Baking Classes as well as Chef’s table. This is a fresh new outlook on dining and worth exploring for kitchen teas, family dinners, couple’s events and for those who look for something “different” to do in the Mother City.
The restaurant has two harvest tables (communal seating for 14 persons) that can be used by diners and sets the stage for the Chef’s table and Master Class offers. The Master class offers guests an experience of cooking some of the signature dishes from the new menu with the guidance of their renowned chefs. This is the ideal way of cooking your favourite 126CKC dish to perfection.
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The hotel’s lobby is filled with the aroma of coffee. The Café serves pastries, sandwiches, cookies as well as light meals. One of the benefits of visiting the café is the daily specials that they offer. Freshly pressed juices are also available at this café and they will leave you feeling refreshed.
Upon entering the restaurant, you are welcomed by a hostess and showed to your seat, which can be pre-selected on the online booking website, www.126ckc.com. Every square inch of this restaurant has been carefully developed to meet the needs of the modern traveller. This architecture and design combines influences from South Africa, Arabia as well as Malaysia, which is clearly visible from the aesthetics to the dishes on the menu.
The plates differ depending on the dish ordered as well as the cups. From old traditional English china displayed on slate, to the locally hand-crafted pottery cups and saucers; this is an experience that will leave you posting pictures on social media of all the various unique items.
The dishes are beautifully prepared with delicious combinations of spices and ingredients. The menu caters to all customers, yet should you wish to have a speciality dish prepared – the chef is more than willing to assist. Tea paring is one of the newest and most interesting additions to Cape Town and the most booked experience at the restaurant.
Tamarin van Zyl, the executive chef, runs a mainly female kitchen with vast experience of local and international trends. The 126CKC menu is uniquely positioned to offer diners a culinary experience, different from any other restaurant in Cape Town. The show kitchen in the restaurant provides a visible experience to guests, showcasing the preparation of dishes by the chefs.
The restaurant reintroduced the Curry Cup Buffet, available on Thursdays from 18:30 to 22:30. This favourite was started by the hotel’s Mezbaan restaurant years back, and has now been reintroduced by 126 Cape Kitchen after the closure of Mezbaan in 2016.
This restaurant deserves a thumbs up! Great work to the team!