Aren’t birthdays just the best? I absolutely love them, probably more than Christmas. I always just feel special and make it my mission to enjoy my day. This year, I woke up in Plettenberg Bay and welcomed in 29 years on this planet with a champagne breakfast. After a long day of driving with some stops along the way through the Western Cape, I arrived in Hermanus to celebrate the evening.
Checking into The Marine, I honestly felt a little bit like a princess. For a start, the hotel suite was bigger than my entire apartment. The bed was basically unbelievable and then there was the view over the bay. Basically, the view is better than any room I’ve ever stayed in anywhere in the world. My only regret: I was too early for whale season. These marine beings make their way right into the bay during season and you can actually watch them from your bed.
My birthday dinner at The Pavilion, downstairs in the hotel, was an elegant and tasty experience. My table opted for the tasting menu with wine pairing, a six-course meal prepared to perfection and served with delicious wines from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley nearby. All of the wines were stored in the most gorgeous glass cellar that sits in the centre of the restaurant. Obviously I want one in my apartment now!
The menu at The Pavilion is seasonal, so I was tasting the winter menu. The menu included:
- Langostino and fennel Ballotine
- Aubergine cheesecake
- Pan-fried line fish, cauliflower and langoustine espuma
- Chargrilled springbok loin, haricot blanc cassoulet
- Warm vanilla and pear cake
- Blonde chocolate and coffee croquembouche
My photos honestly don’t do this meal any justice so I haven’t put them up. I’m blaming the low lighting in the restaurant rather than my photographic skills after all the wine pairing. Dining at The Pavilion as an absolute must if you’re in Hermanus though, regardless of whether you’re staying at The Marine.
The tasting menu is worthwhile and reasonably priced at R495 per person with the added choice of Sommelier’s wines at R220 per person. Portion sizes are good and actually were larger than most tasting menus I’ve had before.
The croquembouche was claimed as my birthday cake for the evening. I’ll leave you guessing to whether we actually finished that tower of profiteroles though.
Although I have no idea how, I was actually hungry the next day and managed to scarf down the breakfast at the hotel. The gorgeous spread was ideal as a start to the day as we jumped back on the road in the direction of Cape Town, but more on that another time.
My stay at The Marine was complimentary of The Collection by Liz McGrath. As with all my posts, all editorial content is my own.