In true Saxon style, discerning travellers and connoisseurs can now savour the delectable cuisine of the hotel’s latest new opening, Saxon Qunu Grill.
Following months of development and devotion to the project, executive Chef David Higgs and his team of culinary prodigies were in high spirits with the official launch of the new eatery earlier.
Formally the Saxon Restaurant & Terrace, Saxon Qunu Grill exudes the warmth of the hotel’s African heritage from its rich surroundings, red tones, woven lampshades and ambient glow, enhanced by the remarkable hanging gardens.
Just beyond the striking gardens, the glass double doors lead guests out onto the terrace where one finds themselves dining under the striking canopy of age-old fig trees, offering a sense of being an intrinsic part of Africa.
The restaurant’s Xhosa name pays homage to the Eastern Cape village where former president Nelson Mandela was born.
This well-known and respected icon chose the Saxon as a quiet refuge while writing his memoirs, thus it’s only fitting his birthplace has made a permanent mark on the hotel.
In his autobiography, Mandela credits Qunu as being the place where he spent some of his happiest childhood moments and after his retirement he again made it his home.
Whether the occasion is a business lunch, a special celebration or simply to fulfil the need for inspired and appetizing cuisine, Saxon Qunu Grill will provide the perfect setting where memories are made.
Offering an innovative menu with bold flavours and an honest approach to cuisine, using only the finest South African ingredients, patrons can delight in a hearty breakfast, comforting lunch or cosy, intimate dinner, all with distinctive African flair.
From the West Coast mussels to the free range and grass-fed beef, sourced from the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, chef Higgs sources only the finest quality South African ingredients and challenges the norm with his creative menu items and attention to detail.
Chef Higgs remarked: “There is such synergy here, with the history of the hotel, and that of my talented culinary team.
“With an inherent focus on the experience and the food, Saxon Qunu Grill is a place where people can relax in the tranquil and charming atmosphere and revel in the fantastic service whilst indulging in the finest wine and food pairings.
“With the Saxon exuding the warmth of a home, Saxon Qunu Grill’s experience is the very same one I would afford my family and friends in my very own home.”
Gastronomy aficionados and gourmands alike will revel in the multi-faceted selections, and guests are spoiled for choice with a delectable variety of fish, beef, poultry, game and vegetarian options.
“The introduction of Saxon Qunu Grill to the hotel’s dining options has been a natural progression for us, where the heritage of Africa is encapsulated in not only the décor, but in the flavours of the fare we present to our guests,” said Saxon Hotel managing director, George Cohen.