Hotel breakfasts are my kryptonite. I mean, what’s not to love about an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet featuring some of my most loved foods? Covid has ruined buffets for us all. But the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town has found a way to make its delectable breakfast buffet accessible despite these difficult times.

So we’ll start with Covid safety first as that’s the most important aspect at this point in time.

But, before you read on, a few pretty pictures of the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront and the views from the amazing outside terrace, where you can enjoy your breakfast.

Radisson Blu Hotel at the Waterfront, Cape Town

Entrance to the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel in Granger Bay

View from the Radisson Blu terrace overlooking the harbour

Granger Bay views from the hotel terrace

Ocean views from the Radisson Blu Hotel terrace

Ocean views – you’re right by the water!

Covid Safety

The Radisson Blu adjusts its safety protocols according to the severity of Covid cases in the country, so you’ll find it stricter at some times and laxer at others.

Currently, I think we can safely say we’re in an in-between, so most basic safety protocols are in place with a little leeway here and there.

What this means in a nutshell:

  • Cutlery is individually wrapped.
  • Some buffet options, like smoked fish, charcuterie, and fresh fruit, are pre-portioned in reusable containers.
  • Oysters and hot food are plated for you.
  • Some items like breads and muesli are individually wrapped.
  • Masks are compulsory except when seated.
  • Tables are placed at a minimum of 2 metres apart.

Other items, like pastries, cheeses, and crackers, are available in their standard buffet offerings, except with plastic dome coverings. You do have to pick up the dome and the tongs, though, which I didn’t like too much as everyone touches these, so I would highly recommend regularly sanitising while helping yourself.

That said, I felt very safe at the Radisson Blu. Covid safety has been a huge issue for me, and it’s one point I always look out for no matter where I go.

I think the Radisson Blu did a fantastic job of making their buffet available – with the same buffet style I’ve experienced in the past – while still adhering to safety regulations.

They’ve also found a way to minimise single-use plastic as much as possible, which is equally important.

So now that the safety part is covered, let’s head over to the buffet!

Mixed Dried Fruit & Nuts station at the hotel buffet breakfast

Each “food station” is marked.

Covid safety protocols of Radisson Hotels

Bread and cutlery are individually wrapped – but these are the only fully plastic-wrapped items at the buffet.

Charcuterie in reusable glass jar

Other items, like charcuterie, are available in reusable glass jars

Kiddie's station at the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel breakfast buffet

There’s even a kiddie’s station for the little ones

Small packets of Kellogg's Corn Flakes

I was tempted to indulge in these cereals from the kiddie’s station

What Does the Radisson Blu Buffet Breakfast Include?

The buffet is available daily at the Tobago’s Restaurant (inside and outside seating) at R250 per person.

It includes dried fruits, nuts, fresh fruits, muesli, yoghurt, cheese and crackers, salads, charcuterie, smoked fish, croissants, muffins, and bread, hot breakfasts, tea, coffee, fresh juices, smoothies, and pastries.

There is also a kiddie’s section with fruits, snacks, and cereal.

On Saturdays and Sundays, you’ll also get oysters and sparkling wine, in alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions.

Mixed fresh fruit salad with melon, pineapple, apple and gooseberries

Fresh fruit salad

Bowl of stewed fruit

Delicious stewed fruit

Selection of creamy cheeses

Selection of creamy cheeses

Selection of cheeses

And “regular” cheese

Selection of crackers

A delicious selection of crackers – my favourite are the Salticrax in the back.

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Oysters and Prosecco

Of course, I started with bubbly and oysters!

Sabine went for the non-alcoholic version, which was quite sweet (but I really enjoyed it), while I went for the drier alcoholic version.

The oysters were fresh and delicious and it definitely was the perfect way to start the day.

Fresh Fruits

From there, we moved on to a selection of fresh fruit, together with some fresh fruit salad (which included tons of gooseberries, which I love). I also added some stewed fruit to my dish, which was delicious.

I probably should have added some yoghurt and muesli to my stewed fruit for a delectable experience, but a girl can’t eat everything, right?

Continental Breakfast

We followed this with a continental breakfast selection of smoked fish, charcuterie, cheese, crackers, and croissants. This was divine.

A hot English breakfast does wonders, but a good continental breakfast is just plain magical. I’ve yet to decide which I prefer, but I may be leaning towards the continental version. It may be because I’m German so it feels like home.

Hot Breakfast

But, alas, I was so satisfied after the continental breakfast that I almost didn’t have any hot breakfast. But, I am also very much in love with bacon, and I could not leave without having any of it!!!

So I literally had some grilled tomato and tons of bacon, while Sabine settled in for a more complete English breakfast, sans the eggs.

All the while, we were sipping cappuccinos.

Pastries and More

I ended off the breakfast experience with a delicious jam pastry and a mug of Ronnefeldt Lemon Sky tea.

I love Ronnefeldt tea, but, as far as I know, it’s only available in hotels. All the more reason to visit the breakfast buffet!!!! There are tons of different flavours – including a creamy orange Rooibos! – but the lemon is definitely my favourite.

Oysters and prosecco with Covid-safe cutlery

Oysters and prosecco to start the day

Fresh fruit bowl

Fresh fruit is served in pre-packed bowls (covered with clingwrap)

Radisson Blu Breakfast Buffet

Continental breakfast – crackers, cheese, smoked fish, charcuterie, and a croissant, with a smoothie and cappuccino

Radisson Blu hot breakfast selection

Hot breakfast – grilled tomato, mushrooms, bacon, sausage. There are also beans and eggs available.

Jam pastries and Ronnefeldt Lemon Sky tea

Jam pastries and Ronnefeldt Lemon Sky tea

Ronnefeldt Lemon Sky tea

I love the Ronnefeldt Lemon Sky tea – even more because it’s served in a “teavelope.”

The Final Verdict

I first visited the Radisson Blu breakfast back in 2016 in a pre-Covid world, and I’m so glad to have experienced their new breakfast offering, which is as delicious and with as much variety as it was back in the day.

I truly think the Radisson Blu has managed to make their buffet as humanly Covid-safe as possible while keeping the experience as beautiful as before.

And at R250 a person, the value for money is unbeatable.

I can quite safely say that this remains one of the best hotel breakfast buffets in Cape Town.

Don’t Feel Like Buffet?

Try the A La Carte Menu

We get it, sometimes you just want a smaller breakfast.

But you can still enjoy the beautiful Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront terrace, overlooking the ocean, and simply order from their a la carte menu.

Options include a wide range of continental and hot items, such as a Salmon Croissant (R120), Poached Egg (R85), Breakfast Wrap (R115), Blu Fry-Up (R95; basically an English breakfast), Three-Egg Omelette (R95), and the Granola Bowl (R65).

There’s also a Smoothie Menu, and you can enjoy a Berry & Chai, Kale & Peanut Butter Bliss, or Cocoa and Chai Spinach smoothie for R75 each.

Visit the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

You can enjoy the Radisson Blu hotel breakfast buffet any day of the week, from 6:30 until 10:30 on weekdays and 11:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Due to restricted Covid capacity and priority given to hotel guests, booking is essential.

You’ll find all the details below.

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

Address: 100 Beach Road, Granger Bay, Cape Town

Website

E-mail: bookings.capetown.residence@radissonblu.com

Call: +27 21 467 4000

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Article Date: March 2021

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