You will be fond of these fon­dues at One&Only

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

WIN­TER is sim­ply the best; spe­cials abound, even at the One&Only Cape Town which has a great of­fer that is quite af­ford­able.

From now un­til the end of Septem­ber, noon to 4pm daily, you can en­joy fon­dues at a lux­u­ri­ous venue with­out wreck­ing your wal­let. Plus you get to do it in a lo­ca­tion pre­vi­ously not open to non-guests at the re­sort.

The pool­side restau­rant Isola (which means is­land) is a tran­quil lit­tle oa­sis, with out­side seat­ing for those warm days of which we get so many, and gas heaters in­side for when it’s chilly. The lim­ited edi­tion fon­due menu in­cludes three savoury op­tions and one sweet, and all of them in­clude drinks. They are de­signed to be shared be­tween two peo­ple and the por­tions are gen­er­ous.

The meat fon­due is a plat­ter of kudu and beef fil­lets, chicken, lamb kof­tas (minced lamb), and slices of kudu sausage. You cook your morsels in siz­zling oil, which is re­placed fre­quently, and then dip them in ei­ther a rich to­mato sauce, or a de­li­cious mus­tard and cheese sauce. Two glasses of the jolly fine Meer­lust pinot noir are served with this, and the whole lot costs R275 (for two peo­ple). Along with the se­lec­tion of breads served to the ta­ble, this can go a long way and is quite fill­ing.

The veg­e­tar­ian fon­due is R145 for two with two craft beers, and the seafood one is pricier ob­vi­ously, at R385 for two, with two glasses of Meer­lust chardon­nay. My in­side source in­formed me what these wines nor­mally cost by the glass in Reuben’s and trust me, this is bril­liant value for money.

It’s im­pos­si­ble not to end with the Swiss chocolate fon­due – or have it on its own as an af­ter­noon treat – which is a huge bowl of melted chocolate with marsh­mal­lows, chur­ros, straw­ber­ries, nougat, brown­ies, and bis­cotti to dip. Ask for a spoon for the rest of the chocolate. The R155 price tag in­cludes two glasses of Amarula. It’s de­light­fully deca­dent on a cold day. If you can han­dle more, sip a Spiced Dark or Caramel White hot chocolate drink served with cin­na­mon chur­ros (R60).

See www. one­an­don­ly­capetown.com

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