Have You Seen Cape Town From The Top Of the Ritz?
The Ritz has been part of Sea Point’s skyline for over 3 decades but it’s never been my answer to “Where shall we have dinner tonight?
A friend, who is in between buying and selling a home, had to find alternative lodgings and ended up at The Ritz. Where else could you find accommodation with a view like that! This gave us a great excuse to try out the only revolving restaurant in Cape Town.
On a cold Monday night in May we made our way up the 21st floor in the hopes of catching the last colours of the sunset. We managed to resist the temptation of having a sundowner in the bar (mainly because we had already missed their half price happy hour between 17:00 and 18:00) and made our way up the stairs to the restaurant.
I can’t explain the sensation I had as I reached the top floor (and I’m not talking about being transported to the 70’s). My mind was trying to make sense of what was moving and what was stationery and the realization kicked in that I was standing on a revolving platform 22 floors above the ground. While I never got that all-the-blood-is-leaving-my-toes feeling, I was momentarily concerned when grinding sounds where heard, but we came to the consensus they just needed a can of Q20.
Once photos had been taken, drinks ordered and fresh bread rolls devoured (sorry Tim!) we had made our way from Sea Point to Green Point. I was pleasantly surprised to see the restaurant at almost half capacity on a Monday in winter with couples, friends and tour groups enjoying dinner.
We were not disappointed when the food choices perfectly matched the restaurant’s dated elegance. The choices range from red meat to poultry to fish, all prepared in the French style with a hint of the 70’s. I would not compare the food to Pot Luck Club or Harbour House, but I thoroughly enjoyed my East Coast Sole and wish I had had room for their Flambés.
This restaurant has not seen the last of me. The service is friendly, the food is enjoyable and the view is never the same.
Open every evening from 17h30 – 22h30 as well as Sunday Lunch from 12h00 – 15h30 and can accommodate up to 120 guests.
Meals average between R100 and R200 per person.
Call The ritz at 021 439 6988
Address: Cnr Camberwell and Main Road, Ritz Hotel, Sea Point, 8060