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South African - Twelve Apostles Hotel, Victoria Road, midway between Camps Bay and Llandudno
There is of course no shortage of traditional South African restaurants in Cape Town, but one of the city's lesser-known surprises is Azure, that also combines perfectly with a lazy drive along the Atlantic Seaboard. Come in a celebratory mood, and feast on Roberto de Carvalho's clever reinventions on traditional dishes, such as Durban-style lamb curry, chicken pot-pie, and an interesting fynbos vegetable curry, all served in miniature three-leg black pots (known colloquially as potjies). The fynbos theme is Roberto's signature, having worked for years to come up with a menu that's truly SA-unique, making use of the highly specialized and fragrant plants that are endemic to the Cape. The grass-fed Natal Midlands beef goes incredibly well with fynbos flavours, and don't miss the delicately-flavoured rooibos crème brûlee. There's also a separate vegetarian menu, and a few superb renditions of classic seafood dishes, including a great salmon and tuna carpaccio, served with a wild dagga (a relative of marijuana) pesto, and Parmesan shavings. Despite the opulent beauty of the interior, you'll probably want to book a table on the outside terrace, where the real azure of the Atlantic opens up before you, and you can watch seals basking on the rocks.
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