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Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events | on: December 12, 2014

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The historic site at the Wale and Adderley Street junction has been witness to the Mother City’s most notable celebrations over the last 350 years and Taj Cape Town is set to continue this fine tradition this festive season.

Taj Cape Town has the festive season gift-wrapped with a range of seasonal luxury hotel offerings and a rare vantage point to enjoy the end of year festivities in the heart of the City. With “A Local Production” as the over-arching theme in all of our special events this festive season guests can look forward to the best in local culinary masterpieces.

Starting from December 2014 and continuing until February 2015 is a selection delectable offerings at the hotel. Start winding down the old year with a Cape Craft Beer, Charcuterie and Cheese Tasting including a selection of three craft beer tasters, three artisan cheeses and three cured meats; all from the finest local producers.

Visitors to the hotel can also enjoy a delectable spread full of colour and culinary delights with our Summer Afternoon Tea in the grand Lobby Lounge of Taj Cape Town. Bowls of summer berries, macaroons in an assortment of flavours and a variety of freshly baked tarts and scones will sooth any sweet tooth, while those with a savoury palette will be pleased with the likes of tandoori chicken fold-over pies and gourmet quiches.

For those looking for a taste of something local we have a Cape Brandy and Biltong Duo in the Lobby Lounge. Biltong, a local word for cured South African meat, is especially popular throughout the Country. The Sommeliers’ selection of fine Cape Brandy is on an easy par with the world’s best, and there’s a special place in many South African’s hearts for marbled quality Beef and Game biltong expertly cured.

Renowned wine scribe Neil Pendock also proudly presents his Best Value Festive Selection and offers guests and visitors to Taj Cape Town an opportunity to taste and purchase the six wines being showcased at the locally renowned Pendock Wine Gallery over the festive season.

Christmas Eve Festivities at the hotel  will include a pianist on hand in the Lobby lounge to play season classics on our Baby Grand while a local choir will enchant guests with joyful renditions of Christmas Carol favourites.

Guests may choose to reserve their Christmas Eve dinners at either of our award winning restaurants; Mint, the Local Grill Restaurant or Bombay Brasserie.  Our respective Executive Chefs have created an array of festive delights, with our signature nod to the exotic flavours of the East.

A complimentary festive cocktail will welcome Christmas lunch and dinner patrons and there will be a supervised indoor play area for children. The glamorous Lobby Lounge will even play host to Santa’s first stop in Cape Town where he will entertain children with giggles and gifts.

With the bustle of the cosmopolitan St Georges Mall as a view and the soft soothing notes from a live jazz duo, a Christmas day luncheon at Mint, the Local Grill Restaurant promises to make this years’ celebration an unforgettable affair. The buffet spread includes a Seafood and Salad Bar in addition to all the traditional favourites, and is a feast for both the eyes and the body.

Bombay Brasserie – Cape Town’s premier Indian fine dining restaurant – will also offer a colourful selection of delicacies presented as a multi-course meal as part of a signature Christmas Day dinner.

The Cape Minstrel’s Midnight March over New Year’s Eve is a spectacle to behold, and there’s no better vantage point than Taj Cape Town. Dating back over 200 years, this is the Mother City’s oldest street party and sees thousands of minstrels in their colourful troupe costumes celebrate freedom through dance and music as they march through the streets.

On New Year’s Eve, Mint, the Local Grill is set to lay out a carnival-inspired buffet, featuring a wide array of Mezze options, a number of succulent roasts, traditional Cape Malay dishes, fresh seafood and indulgent desserts. A jazz trio will provide the live background music during the meal and guests are invited to enjoy complimentary access to the Twankey Bar street party to ring in the New Year with style.

With an elegant atmosphere and a panoramic view of the passing Cape Minstrels’ parade, guests of Bombay Brasserie have the best ticket for a New Year’s Eve celebration. A gourmet six course Chefs tasting menu includes rare delights. Post dinner Bombay Brasserie patrons who are in the mood to celebrate will have the option of complimentary access to the festive Twankey Bar Minstrel’s Carnival Party.

Of course, there’s no better location than Twankey Bar to join in the celebration of the Cape Minstrels’ Carnival parade that starts at the stroke of midnight. The Twankey Bar is perfectly positioned in the centre of this city wide party, and will have a la carte items such as oysters, Jalapeno poppers, crispy calamari to name a few, and will be accompanied by a complimentary glass of bubbles offered at midnight.

The Mint Restaurant will be hosting a family day jazz luncheon to celebrate the start of the New Year with soothing sounds from a live jazz busker as background music. Guests can ease into 2015 over a delectable buffet including Chef’s New Year’s Day roast and a cornucopia of puddings options.

“Tweede Nuwe Jaar”, which translates as ‘Second New Year’, is a uniquely South African celebration which takes place every year on the 2nd January with a festive parade that winds its way through the City.  Also known as the Minstrel carnival, this celebration has its roots in the 19th Century as the only day where slaves were freed of their obligations and allowed to celebrate the New Year with music, dance and colourful costumes. There continues to be no better vantage point than Taj Cape Town to witness and partake in the festivity while enjoying an a la carte menu and a wide variety of wines and local craft beer at The Twankey Bar or the Mint, The Local Grill.

Taj Cape Town offers luxury accommodation in Cape Town in the heart of a jubilant Mother City and are preparing a range of very special offers for our readers in upcoming blog posts this festive season.  Reservations are essential for securing your place a one of the most sought after hotels located within one of the top destinations in the world. Do not hesitate to contact us at: sales.capetown@tajhotels.com as limited rooms are available.

 
 
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Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events | on: October 8, 2014

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We once again welcome the Hindu thanksgiving festival of Diwali and join in with people of all ages, from many different backgrounds around the world in ceremonies and celebrations.

Also known as the “Festival of Lights”, the ancient Hindu festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. The festival is celebrated with lightings, crackers, colourful rangoli making, social gatherings and the sharing of sweets with loved ones.

Bombay Brasserie will provide a sumptuous setting for an unforgettable Diwali with a five-course lavish fine dining Diwali taste menu on offer.

The menu begins with an appetizer of lentil dumplings ‘Bhallas’ topped with yoghurt and mango chutney, a speciality from the streets of Old Delhi. The menu continues with a roasted yellow corn soup with turmeric popcorn as well as a tandoori-style ocean catch of Norwegian salmon or dill herb & garlic prawns.

A range of main course meals include: ‘Karoo’ Lamb cubes simmered in a delicate saffron curry; ‘Chicken Tikka Masala’ with vinegar shallots; sautéed spinach with golden fried garlic; and finally black lentils & kidney beans simmered overnight. An accompaniment of basmati rice and naan breads are also available throughout the main course.

This Diwali taste sensation ends with an assiette of desserts including ‘Morello’ cherry baked yoghurt, fennel seed Biscotti, Home Made ‘Kulfi’ Ice Cream with fruits, and hot ‘Gulab Jamuns’.

The Diwali Tasting Menu at the Bombay Brasserie will be available from the 20th until the 25th of October 2014 from 18h30 until 22h00 and is priced at R495 per person and R750 when paired with proudly South African wines. Complimentary Diwali sweets and Diwali décor will be on display in the Jiva Spa and Lobby Lounge.

We would like to wish a very happy Diwali and a magnificent “Festival of Lights” to all of our guests from the Taj Cape Town team.

The Taj Cape Town offers luxury accommodation in Cape Town in heart of the city centre and is renowned for its lavish fine dining Indian menus at the Bombay Brasserie. For more information on our Bombay Brasserie Diwali tasting menu or to make a booking, please feel free to contact us at: restaurants.capetown@tajhotels.com

 
 
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