Tsogo Sun’s Garden Court Marine Parade executive chef, Qhawe Tshabalala. Picture by Gcina Ndwalane.

Launched this week, Tsogo Sun’s Garden Court Marine Parade is serving up a menu of seasonal favourites for Christmas and it’s affordable.

Guests can look forward to an abundant spread of classic and local favourites, such as teriyaki chicken breast, fish goujons and the Golden Mile beef oxtail served with fluffy homemade dumpling.

The launch was held at Peppa restaurant, a trendy restaurant situated at the hotel where invited guests were treated to an afternoon of tasting the different dishes which have been carefully crafted and designed by the hotel’s executive chef, Qhawe Tshabalala.

Teriyaki Chicken Breats. Picture by Gcina Ndwalane.

For starters we had teriyaki chicken breast and baby spinach, red onions, avocado, bacon bits and chopped eggs.

I enjoyed both these dishes, the teriyaki chicken was dipped in teriyaki sauce making it crispy and juicy and a beautiful starter to begin with.

Golden Mile Beef Oxtail served with Fluffy Homemade Dumplings. Picture by Gcina Ndwalane.

For the mains, we had fish goujons, prawns and salt and peppered squid served with french fries, tartar sauce and preserved lemon, Golden Mile beef oxtail served with fluffy homemade dumplings and creamy spinach, mushroom and deep fried haloumi with penne pasta.  

The Golden Mile beef oxtail served with fluffy homemade dumplings was one of the best dishes for me, my belly was pretty happy because I love African food. Their oxtail is cooked with their Golden Mile beer which is brewed just for the hotel by Standeaven Brewery, bringing a delicious, finger licking good taste. The dish is satisfying and out of this world.

Creamy Spinach, Mushroom and Deep Fried Haloumi with Penne Pasta. Picture by Gcina Ndwalane.

The creamy spinach, mushroom and deep fried haloumi with penne pasta dish came in too as one of the most comforting dishes served. A very hearty, creamy, crave-worthy pasta dish for any creamy pasta lover’s dream.

Homemade Chocolate Brownies, Passionfruit, Cheesecake and Cookies Ice Cream. Picture by Gcina Ndwalane.

For dessert, we had homemade chocolate brownies, passionfruit, cheesecake and cookies ice cream - my favourite things all in one. At first I thought this was a strange combination but after indulging on this beautiful dessert, I completely fell in love with it, the flavours work well together.

Tshabalala said they have it all, but if traditional is your passion then the onion marmalade roasted turkey served with homemade stuffing and cranberry sauce is for you.

He said he included a bit of everything to ensure that nobody was left without a favourite.

“We have included seafood, indian inspired curries, vegetarian options as well as traditional African inspired dishes. Each item on the menu has been carefully selected with our guests in mind,” said Tshabalala.

The menu is priced at R495 per person, with half price for kids under 12 years. To make a booking you can email [email protected]