In a move designed to address the challenges presented by the global downturn in the hospitality industry, Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa has opened a new restaurant, Cafe Z. The restaurant is more accessible to locals and visitors.
“We are facing the challenges head-on,” says Pezula chairman Keith Stewart, “by investing in a new and innovative product which we believe will give our guests more flexibility and affordability in this tough climate.”
“We are being innovative in our approach and adding an offering which will suit more pockets,” says Stewart.
chef Geoffrey Murray, who opened Zachary’s fine dining restaurant at Pezula in January 2005, says Cafe Z is all about freshly prepared, well-presented food, served in a relaxed environment. “Cafe Z is giving our guests another, more casual dining option,” says Murray, “with the same high quality, fresh produce that we grow in our vegetable and herb garden on the resort, and source from local producers.”
The new restaurant is located on the lower level of Pezula Hotel and opens every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“The menu has a simpler approach than the food at Zachary’s,” says Murray, “but obviously it is still prepared within the same exacting standards and quality that our guests are used to.”
Items on the new menu include Spring pea soup with grilled courgettes, lemon & jersey milk ricotta; San Ambroso Farm’s pork & pistachio terrine with pickled stone fruit, wild rocket & grilled sourdough; Grilled 28-day dry-aged grass-fed ribeye with chard, creme fraiche, pont neuf potatoes & bordelaise; and Buttermilk & cardamom panna cotta with pineapple ginger beer & pineapple sherbet.
Starters are priced from R50, mains from R85, and dessert dishes at about R50.
There is a select wine list with wines available by the glass, half-carafe and bottle, and the full Zachary’s wine list is available on request. Zachary’s will remain the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, but will now open only on Fridays and Saturdays and offer an option of tasting menus.