Known for its iconic pink walls and lush interiors, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is a living slice of elegant history. And now, with the recent addition of the Lord Nelson Restaurant, the iconic hotel is upping its glam cred, with this classically intimate restaurant that harks back to the days it first opened.
The crackling fireplace, flickering candles, romantic lighting, soothing piano music, and sophisticated decor set the scene for a cosy evening of South African cuisine – with fine-dining finesse – prepared by head chef Rudi Liebenberg and his executive sous chef Dion Ventagass.
A warm welcome
Visiting the Nellie is always an occasion – from the moment you drive through the towering entrance pillars until you step through the grand doors of the restaurant, the smiling staff make you feel like royalty.
Upon arriving at Lord Nelson Restaurant, a short walk through the foyer, you are guided to your immaculately clad table (there are only eight!), where you become absorbed in the warm atmosphere and immediate sense of comfort. The simple yet elegant interiors make you feel as though you’ve taken a step back in time, setting the scene for a wonderful dinner.
A fabulous feast
The experience begins from the word go, with a warm bread basket. Then it’s a bite-sized amuse bouche of crunchy salmon topped with garlic aioli, and a mushroom jelly. Next is a choice between six or 12 West Coast Oysters, or caviar served with potato blinis for starters, followed by a heavenly Beef Wellington for two (presented under a cloche and carved at your table), served with mouthwatering roast potatoes, a lovely, crisp chef’s salad, seasonal vegetables, Béarnaise sauce and jus.
Diners can also opt for the popular Chef’s Choice Menu: any two courses (R325), three courses (R395) or four courses (R510) from a wonderful selection of South African-inspired dishes, such as sea trout with avocado, bitter greens and lemon; charred carrot and turnips with cashew and parsley tortellini; duck breast with orange sauce and new potatoes; and salted peanut and chocolate mousse with gingerbread ice cream.
Though it’s relatively new (it opened in March 2018), you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a bygone era, where one’s thing for sure, you definitely won’t be leaving hungry after this wonderful feast fit for a king (and queen).
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 10pm