Willing to splash out R4.5k for New Year's Eve dinner? We know a place

30 December 2018 - 00:00 By SUTHENTIRA GOVENDER
Luke Dale-Roberts will be serving smoked scallop sashimi, lobster bibimbap, assiette of goat and spring lamb at his Test Kitchen restaurant in Cape Town.
Luke Dale-Roberts will be serving smoked scallop sashimi, lobster bibimbap, assiette of goat and spring lamb at his Test Kitchen restaurant in Cape Town.
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A night under the big top, an extravagant safari-themed cocktail party, the Roaring Twenties relived and decadent feasts of foie gras, oysters, truffles, caviar and French Champagne are some of the ways South Africans will usher in 2019.

Show-stopping menus and themes will be the order of the night at some of SA's most luxurious hotels and restaurants, with some revellers forking out up to R4,500 each.

Chef Luke Dale-Roberts is charging R3,500 for a 10-course meal at his Test Kitchen restaurant in Cape Town. With a wine pairing the price tag is R4,500.

His elaborate menu features smoked scallop sashimi, lobster bibimbap, assiette of goat and spring lamb as well as honey-baked peach, jasmine and burnt orange.

The One&Only hotel resort in Cape Town is hosting a "wild at heart" New Year's Eve party.

At R2,750 a head, the safari cocktail party menu features canapés such as foie gras mousse, and live food stations that offer scallops on Himalayan salt blocks, liquid nitrogen pork crackling puffs and poached lobster and caviar.

Champagne macaroons and truffles will be on offer for those with a sweet tooth.

The resort's Isola restaurant is catering for the younger set by hosting a children's buffet at R250 a person.

Meatball madness, endless pizza, a burger bar and hotdog station top the menu, as well as posh popcorn, assorted sweet jars and doughnut sticks.

Nobu Cape Town, also at the resort, has a R3,960 price tag on its menu, which includes a sake-tasting station, assorted west coast oysters and a bottle of Moët & Chandon.

Umhlanga's five-star Oyster Box hotel has devised a "big top" theme for the night, at a cost of R2,500 per adult and R1,500 per child.

Savoury goat's cheese cake, oysters, confit of duck and wasabi chocolate Boston cream pie will tantalise the taste buds.

The View at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff in Johannesburg will charge R2,500 for its dinner, and the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town will bring to life the Roaring Twenties.

Its Azure Restaurant will serve a five-course set menu, a glass of French Champagne at midnight and access to the after-party in The Leopard Bar, all at a cost of R3,500.

Goat's curd panna cotta, mussel and prawn curry, and duck and gorgonzola mousse with raspberry jelly are part of the set menu.

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