79 Orange Street
8001 Cape Town
Planet Restaurant at the Mount Nelson hotel evokes grandeur of galactic proportions, combining heavenly flavors, impressive and unique atmosphere, and classic Old World attention to detail. Stars dazzle and dangle overhead but the food shines brightest, with set menu “journeys” and a-la-carte options that offer fare both world-class and utterly South African. Acclaimed and adventurous executive chef Rudi Liebenberg, known for being a virtuoso with tomatoes, guides you deep into tastes and textures, and keeps it fresh and exciting with a new set menu each week. At Planet, you taste ingredients both familiar and exotic in original and luscious combinations, like rooibos-cured ostrich or kabeljou braised with seaweed. The service is attentive and personable – the chef is known to visit tables and guide diner’s choices – but ever discreet. The sommelier in particular can advise on the countless fine wines in the cellar, most of which grew on South African vines but with some from abroad as well. Dine in the beautiful restaurant with conservatory or in the cellar for the more private dining, and afterwards enjoy a drink in the lounge for Cape Town’s best cappuccino or a perfectly mixed cocktail. For your special celebration or intimate occasion, the stars are in alignment at Planet Restaurant.
Restaurant Week menu, cuisine: 10! Service: 9 (sorry, no 10 because they forgot to top up our glasses before the food arrived, but other than that: perfect, friendly and in-the-know), atmosphere: 10. Thanks for a lovely evening!
Francine Naggas, 06 Nov 2013, 13:04
We were very lucky to get our hands on a table during Restaurant Week - and we loved it! First of all a shout out to the staff: they were professional, charming, enchanting and genuinly funny. It was a set menu, but they changed it for the vegetarians at our table withouth a problem. The food was excellent: the first course was a light summer salad with oysters - a surprising combination that worked really well with the sour dressing. The main was beautifully presented quail, perfectly cooked. The biggest surprise was the dessert: although I would never have chosen a strawberry dessert myself, it was VERY yummy. Finally, I was pleasantly surprised by the interior as I was under the assumption that Planet was a bit old fashioned, like the Mount Nelson Hotel itself and the interior was a bit tacky. But actually, the restaurant's decoration is nice and light, tasteful and contemporary. Add the exellent food and pleasant staff and you have the perfect fine dining experience.
06 Nov 2013, 12:55
Excellent menu, excellent service, very relaxing atmosphere. Exactly enough to eat. Beautiful, elegant tastes. Simply loved it.
04 Nov 2013, 11:18
I found the staff to be very overbearing when we first arrived, but then non-existant towards the end of the evening. I did not enjoy the starter at all, but every other dish (incl canapes) was phenominal. Unfortunately, I doubt I will go back to Planet. I found the atmosphere to be very supressed, and I felt like I needed to whisper.
Nicole Fritz, 04 Nov 2013, 07:12