Ochre Launches at One&Only Cape Town
A celebration of local flavours and heritage
One&Only Cape Town is proud to announce the launch of their new restaurant, Ochre, offering a contemporary interpretation of age-old South African recipes. Bringing together a kaleidoscope of heritages to create uniquely re-imagined dishes and flavours, Head Chef Chris Mare has added his own interpretation to local favourites such as Bobotie (a mincemeat baked dish) and West Coast Mussels.
Ochre, whose name is known to describe the family of pigments ranging from yellow and gold to vibrant reds, was used to depict tales and celebrations. It is also the colour of traditional Cape Malay spices such as turmeric, cinnamon and paprika. The restaurant is located below a 15-metre series of printed panels created by Cape Town local artist, Berni Searle. The dramatic piece art, “Offering”, draws on the particularities of Searle’s Cape Malay heritage and depicts abstract red and ochre crepe paper forms that bleed vibrant, swirling colour into water across 14 panels. It was these rich earthy tones that inspired the creative direction of the restaurant.
Ochre will be open for buffet breakfast, and a la carte dinner. The dinner menu will offer 6 starters and mains, and 3 desserts; which are interspersed with surprise tastes and treats. In addition, there are show-stopper house specialties - designed for sharing. Chef Mare has worked with his Team to create something that will inspire both local and international guests, and has ensured to provide an exploration of South Africa through his menu. Local game including buchu cured gemsbok with sour figs, makataan, tomato jam, with a wild rosemary and honey dressing, Cape octopus with West Coast mussels or sticky quail are some dishes guests can discover. The impressive wine list, curated by Head Sommelier, Luvo Ntezo, contains well-known labels, as well as some rare finds that Luvo has discovered such as Bartho Eksteen 'Vloekstoot' CWG and Eben Sadie ‘Palladius’.
“It has been such a great experience creating the new concept and menus for Ochre at One&Only Cape Town,” commented Chef Chris Mare, Resort Executive Chef. “The history of the spice trade has connected so many cultures and people from across the globe; Dutch, German, French, and it truly has inspired me to create some new and unique flavor combinations that I hope our guests from all over will enjoy.
In celebration of the destination, Ochre has woven in understated and stylish local inclusions throughout all aspects of the décor and dining experience. Shweshwe fabric, described as the denim of South Africa, has been incorporated in the new uniforms, as well as bespoke rope necklaces designed by PICHULIK and handcrafted by local female artisans. Cape Town based Diana Ferreira of Diana Ceramics has also designed and custom-made the crockery for Ochre. By adding different textures, whether feathers or shells, Diana has been able to create truly unique designs. Ochre will begin welcoming guests from 10 October and will forge a new and exciting melting pot in the Cape Town dining space, inspired by colours, flavours and the culinary journey of the country.
Ochre is open for breakfast daily from 06h30 to 11h00, and for dinner from Thursday to Tuesday from 18h30 to 22h30. Groups and special occasions are welcome. Reservations are recommended: Restaurant.firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 21 431 5888 or visit the website.
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