Christmas Eve dinner specials 2012

Posted by Kerry Peers on 26 November 2012

Enjoy a delicious feast this Christmas Eve without lifting a finger (unless of course you feel the need to elevate your pinky finger whilst sipping on a glass of red wine at one of these swanky restaurants).




La Belle Terrasse, The Westcliff Hotel, Johannesburg

On the menu:  5-course menu including baked gammon with clove pineapple, sauerkraut and caraway bread; warm crab claw salad and crab bisque with brioche; and a caramelized salmon strawberry salad.

Cost:  R540 a person

Contact:  Tel 011-481-6000, email [email protected]


Punchinello’s Restaurant, Fourways

On the menu:  Beef fillet medallion served with potato bake, Vichy cinnamon carrots and a red wine jus;  grilled tiger prawns, pan-fried fillet of sea-bass served with a saffron risotto, wilted spinach accompanied by a seafood butter sauce; and roast turkey roulade with traditional festive stuffing, grilled chipolatas, roast fondant potatoes, crisp asparagus and cranberry sauce.

Cost:  R300 a person

Contact:  Tel 011-367-4367


De Kloof Restaurant, Waterkloof, Pretoria

On the menu:  Carpaccio of smoked duck breast and fresh fig with micro-greens; honey-glazed ham with fresh lychees , minted pea puree and foam, and roasted parsnips; and herb-crusted noisettes of lamb, saffron turned potatoes, melange of summer vegetables and red currant and rosemary jus.

Cost:  R395 a person, R175 a child under 11

Contact:  Tel 073-092-8562, email [email protected]



Western Cape


Savoy Cabbage, Cape Town

On the menu:  Coriander-soaked game loin with a bacon and potato cake, wilted greens, papaya salsa and red wine jus; galantine of free range chicken with pistachios and dried cranberries and truffle vinaigrette; and warm peppered Fior de Latte with tomato, cucumber and beetroot jelly and basil oil.

Cost:  From R250 to R395 a person

Contact: Tel 021-424-2626


Oasis Bistro at the Mount Nelson, Cape Town

On the menu: Roast turkey with a sage and onion stuffing, pan fried trout in an orange emulsion and roast sirloin steak with a mustard jus.

Cost:  R650 a person

Contact: Tel 021-483-1948, email [email protected]


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Planet Restaurant at the Mount Nelson, Cape Town

On the menu: Lamb rump with fine beans, barley salad, rosemary jus; roast duck breast, ballotine, potato bake, liver parfait, baby vegetables and a cherry jus; and Marron and Dusky kabeljou with pickled fennel, broccoli, marron and corn veloute.

Cost:  R910 a person

Contact: Tel 021-483-1948, email [email protected]a


Trees Restaurant, Cape Town

On the menu:  Turkey galantine stuffed with mince, chestnuts, mushrooms and dried fruits with cranberry gravy; and Cape seafood bouillabaisse with local fish, West Coast mussels, calamari, hake fillet and shrimps served with garlic croutons and sauce aioli.

Cost:  R158 a person

Contact:  Tel 021-465-7050, email [email protected]


The Conservatory, The Cellars-Hohenort, Constantia

On the menu: Springbok Wellington with mushrooms, cep purée, spinach, Madiera jus;  Sous vide turkey suprene, pomme purée, braised thigh, pork and chestnut stuffing, red cabbage and cherry chutney and a thyme jus; and apple wood smoked salmon trout ballotine with broad bean fricassée, radish salad and champagne sauce.

Cost:  R520 a person

Contact: Tel 021-794-2137, email [email protected]


Constantia Uitsig Restaurant, Constantia

On the menu:  Slow roasted lamb with olive oil, rosemary and garlic served with cannellini beans cooked in tomato; sweet and sour quail served with fine bean bundle and potatoes; and grilled Norwegian salmon served with green asparagus, boiled baby potatoes and an orange burre blanc sauce.

Cost:  R750 a person

Contact:  Tel 021-794-4480, email [email protected]


The Restaurant at Waterkloof

On the menu:  Langbaken Alanna with a variation of baby beets; pickled line fish with a dried fruit and lentil salad; and Karan Beef fillet with smoked potatoes and asparagus.

Cost:  R550 a person (R700 with wine pairing included)

Contact:  Tel 021-858-1491, email [email protected]


Bosman’s Restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel, Paarl

On the menu:  Tandoori flavoured lamb loin with ras el hanout chick pea purée, tzatziki gel and garlic jus; prawn chilli con carne braised chive-potato espuma with seared scallop and chorizo corn; and jus glazed beef fillet with slow braised cheek, stuffed potato dumpling and shaved foie gras.

Cost:  R1 220 a person, R610 a child under 11

Contact:  Tel 021-863-5100


The Pavilion at the Marine, Hermanus

On the menu:  Duck Ballotine with toasted brioche, cranberry and apple chutney;  lamb shoulder with olive tapenade, red pepper fondue  and pomme purée; finished off with Mrs M’s Christmas pudding, vanilla custard and cinnamon and ginger ice cream.

Cost:  From R520 to R595 a person

Contact:  Tel 028-313-1000, email [email protected]


Photo courtesy of  haunted_soul


Kurland Hotel, Plettenberg Bay

On the menu:  Poached lamb loin with sweet breads, potato galette, pumpkin pie and a mild coffee jus;  smoked gammon with pancetta and wild mushroom tortellini’s, potato and garlic salad and a mustard and cranberry jus; and turkey roulade with sundry tomatoes, chestnuts, rocket and a sweet honey and sage dressing.

Cost:  R500 a person

Contact: Tel 044-534-8082, email [email protected]


Searle’s Trading post, Greyton

On the menu:  Traditional glazed gammon; turkey Ballontine – deboned turkey filled with a chicken and sage mousseline filling; and deboned leg of lamb, stuffed with feta cheese and mint pesto.

Cost:  R375 a person

Contact:  Tel 028-254-9550, email [email protected]




 The Grill Room, The Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga

On the menu:  Roast turkey roulade with chipolata sausage, chestnut stuffing, cranberry and rooibos jus; double herb crusted rack of lamb with wilted baby spinach, minted cherry tomatoes and sauce cassis; fillet cordon blue with parma ham, Emmental cheese, herbed polenta, sage and butter cream; and spinach, artichoke and butternut cottage pie with coriander rice.

Cost:   R750 a person, R375 a child under 12

Contact:  Tel 031-514-5018, email [email protected]


The Lagoon Grill, Mondazur, San Lameer

On the menu:  Slow roasted beef sirloin with a mustard and black pepper crust; cranberry glazed roast turkey and stuffing; and vegetable breyani and dhall.

Cost:  R200 a person

Contact:  Tel  039-313-0011


Eastern Cape


Five Elements, St Francis Bay

On the menu:  Smoked salmon with prawns, horseradish cream and lime vinaigrette; glazed gammon with parsley and apple cider sauce; and turkey roulade stuffed with pecans and cranberries and a cranberry jus.

Cost:  R260 a person

Contact:  Tel  042-294-0868, email [email protected]


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