Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Accommodation,Cuisine,History,Hotel,Spa and Recreation | on: October 6, 2017


1. Central Inner City Location

Taj Cape Town is an ideal base from which to explore the Mother City’s culture, history and heritage. A free shuttle service takes guests to the V&A Waterfront and daily historical walking tours acquaint interested individuals with the hidden historical treasures of the city centre. There are plenty of eclectic shops and galleries nearby as well as exceptional restaurants, including the Test Kitchen, Shortmarket Club, La Tete and Chef’s Warehouse.

2. Contemporary Indian Dining

Bombay Brasserie offers an unrivalled dining experience, which puts a gastronomic spin on traditional Indian cuisine. The recent appointment of international Head Chef David Tilly takes the hotel’s gourmet offering to the next level. With 19 years of experience in some of the world’s foremost restaurants, Tilly was at Le Meurice when it won its second and third Michelin stars. Now he brings his Michelin magic to Taj.

3. High tea and Breakfast Buffets

Mint offers a relaxed all-day dining alternative, with an award-winning wine list and expansive menu, including the grill which serves up a succulent selection of meats. Mint is also the site of Taj Cape Town’s famed breakfast buffet which includes a decadent array of treats with some gluten-free eats. Additionally, the High Tea offering is one of Cape Town’s best.

4. The Reserve at Taj

The Reserve at Taj Cape Town is adjacent to the hotel and offers luxury business facilities and banqueting rooms. Plush rooms accommodate a variety of conferences and events, while the lavish Bank Hall is able to host cocktail parties of up to 350 guests. The underground vault is a remnant from the building’s days as a bank, which transforms into a unique bar for intimate events. The Reserve is the ideal inner city wedding reception venue, with intricate art deco finishes and plenty of space for larger parties.

5. Rooms fit for royalty

Taj Cape Town makes guests feel like Indian royalty with rooms suitable for a maharaja or maharani. Luxurious linens and subtle Indian-inspired furnishings greet guests, along with magnificent views of the city centre and Table Mountain. Spacious bathrooms comprise an expansive shower and bath, and special touches include truffles, wine, fresh fruit and a personalised note upon guests’ arrival.

6. The Twankey Bar mixes it up

With an award-winning mixologist manning one of the city’s quirkiest bars, The Twankey Bar offers swanky red leather chairs, marble table tops, mood lighting and a massive blackboard offering a multitude of Cape Town-inspired cocktails. There’s a light menu for guests to snack from, but the real highlight is the historical setting and array of one-of-a-kind drinks.

7. Jiva Spa Indian Wellness

Renowned for its signature Cape Fynbos treatment, Jiva Spa advocates ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’ – the belief that guests are gods and should be treated reverently. Inspired by the ancient art of Indian wellness, luxuriant massages and treatments place special focus on aligning the body and mind, with soothing aromatherapy products made especially for Taj.

8. The Art Gallery and First Thursday Offering

Taj Cape Town’s prestigious art gallery exhibits the work of a new South African artist every month, which ties into a vibrant First Thursday offering. On the first Thursday of the month, the hotel invites the public to view its latest exhibition while revelling in live entertainment at The Reserve and The Twankey Bar.

Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Cuisine,Events,Hotel | on: April 20, 2017

The Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge is Set for Another Exciting Season

Now in its fifth year, the Cape Legends and Artisan Spirits Inter Hotel Challenge has grown from strength to strength. The benefits of the challenge are twofold – more than boosting the local hospitality industry, it is an inspiring social initiative. Often described as the Oscars of the hotel industry, the Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge takes a grass roots approach to the hospitality industry, seeking to uplift, educate and train talented candidate chefs and candidate wine stewards.

The Taj Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge Team

Representing Taj Cape Town’s challenge team for the Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge is up and coming chef Mathew Oliphant and rock-star wine steward Veronique Whitney Booysen.

Mathew’s career has been gathering momentum after a four-year course in food studies, where he grew his skills and experience before finally landing an opportunity to work in Taj Cape Town kitchen. He continues to flourish and soak up every ounce of knowledge he can.

With previous experience from other local hotels, Veronique has quickly learned the ropes and forged an intimate understanding of the hospitality industry. She continues to grow steadily under the guidance of Taj Cape Town’s seasoned professionals and presently runs the Taj Wine Gallery where she freely passes on her wealth of knowledge to others.

Inter Hotel Challenge Highlights

The Cape Legends and Artisan Spirits Inter Hotel Challenge is an ongoing event which runs from March right through until the awards evening in August. Each stage offers contestants an experience to aid in the growth of their careers and the expansion of their knowledge so that they are better equipped to meet the demands of the challenge. The most exciting stages, however, involve the preparation and pairing of the individual team’s menus to the Cape Legends fine wines and Distell spirits.

Who is Involved in the Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge?

As many as 29 of South Africa’s best hotels participate in the national competition. Distell, Cape Legends Fine Wines, the Cape Wine Academy, the South African Sommeliers Association, Avanti, Capsicum Culinary Studio and the International Hotel School are key players in the challenge along with a host of sponsors including Woodview Wagyu Beef, Bio-Wheat ™ Flour, Lancewood Cheese, Rio Largo Olive Oil and Khoisan Sea Salt, amongst others. These companies passionately support the challenge by contributing prizes, workshops, sharing their kitchens and growing the skills of the entrants.

While only the judges will actually get to taste the final dishes, Taj Cape Town guests and visitors are able to sample gourmet meals at Bombay Brasserie, Mint, the Local Grill or an intimate fine dining ‘Chefs Table’ experience, at The Gallery.  Those looking for a unique cocktail experience can top off their meal with a fresh take on the artisanal cocktail at The Twankey Bar. To book a table, email or phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000. To book accommodation, phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000 or email




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