Table Bay Hotel – Atlantic Grill, Waterfront – Breakfast Buffet

Table Bay – Atlantic Grill – Fruit Selection
Table Bay – Atlantic Grill – Fruit Selection
Table Bay – Atlantic Grill – Fruit Selection


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Huge Selection


Bad Service

Posted 27/12/2012 by


The Table Bay Hotel has 3 options for breakfast. Continental: R200. Full English: R250. A la Carte: R40 – R140.

At R250 for their full english breakfast buffet, you’d expect the world. And the world you do get.

There is no denying, they have a huge selection of dishes, no matter which option you choose.

Our experience:

We were offered a nice table right in the heart of the buffet. The table wasn’t ready and the hostess suggested we help ourselves to some juice while it was being reset. (Which we did). I was very pleased to see they offered granadilla juice, which is something I had been craving the night before.

When we got back to our now set table, the first thing we noticed is that I was missing a coffee cup and cereal spoon. We were offered coffee which took 10 minutes to arrive. I had to request a coffee cup and spoon.

The fruit selection is also really lovely – I tried items I normally would not have – like pears in red wine with star anise, etc.

The plates had run out, so I had to request a plate before I could help myself to the meats/cheeses. Another problem I had with this section is the fact that the dishes lacked labels. The more “exotic” foods should be labeled.

Next was the asian/sushi section. When I got there, there was no sushi and no oysters on offer. They had not replaced the items and we missed the opportunity of trying anything there.

We then headed onto the “hot food” section. After investigating what was on offer, I decided to skip this section, as too many of the selections were emtpy and had not been replaced and some other looked very unappealing and overcooked. Possibly caused by sitting too long in the steam.

Tip: when you enter the Atlantic Grill, you will see some menu’s. Grab one on your way in. Even if you are going for the full buffet, you can choose dishes from the a la Carte menu at no extra charge.

This is what we decided to go for. I ordered the Crayfish and Truffle Scrambled Eggs on Toasted Brioche with Caviar and Watercress and my partner ordered the Croque Norwegian-Country Style Bread, Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Mustard Bechamel Topped with Fried Egg.

We had to wait for over 30 minutes for our food to be served. As expected, the portion size was small. But what was not expected was the lack of finesse. Both of our plates had drippings on them – I would have thought at a 5 star hotel the plates would be cleaned before served.

My dish was fine, but not as tasty as I had imagined it to be. My partners dish, on the other hand was a bit of a letdown. It looked like something you would get at any restaurant. The egg (ordered soft) was overcooked and rubbery.

After our hot meal, we both got up to get a croissant to finish off our breakfast. When we got back to the table it had been completely cleared (even of the juice we were still busy with). We had to then wait yet again to have our table set.

Bottom line – our findings:

They offer a huge selection which is great, but maybe it should be quality over quantity.

As far as food quality goes, I can’t fault any of the cold offerings, but the hot offerings were a big let-down and that has affected our overall food quality rating.

Too many dishes were empty – surely the food should be replaced before completely empty.

Too many dishes did not have serving spoons. Several times I had to request serving spoons.

Too many dishes were not labeled.

Serving staff seemed incredibly frazzled and things did not seem to be running smoothly.

Table not being set properly. Having to request replacement cutlery.

In general really bad service. Out of everyone who served us, there was only one waiter who we felt offered true 5 star service.

Although I am glad we experienced the Table Bay breakfast buffet, I really don’t feel like it was a memorable experience. Way too many problems experienced in a 5 Star Hotel.



Approx 11 different juices, including spinach, tomato and the usual orange and guava

Sliced seasonal fruit. Poached dried fruit with cinnamon. Pears in red wine with star anise, etc, etc.

Several choices of yoghurt with fruit coulis.

Selection of cereals including homemade muesli with various dried fruit and nuts

Large selection of meats and cheeses – including White Fish Civiche, Parma Ham, Chorizo, Parmesan Regianno, Blue Cheese, etc.

Vegetarian option including Rolled Spinach Pancake with Pepperdew, Cucumber and radish slaw, etc.

Loads of condiments including Chilli Jam, Olive Tapanade, Red and White Onion Marmalade, etc.

Breads and Pastries like croissants, muffins, scones, danishes, etc.

Asian station, including stir-fry, oysters, miso soup, sushi, etc.

Tea and coffee

Full English:

On top of the continental selection, the Full English includes:

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Chives, Grilled Bacon, Smoked Haddock, Breakfast Sausages (Beef, Port, Chicken), Lamb Sausage Breakfast Burito, Apricot Chimichangas, Baked Beans, Sauteed Potato and Onion, Potato Cakes, Sauteed Mushrooms, Corn, Spinach and Parmesan Stuffed Tomato, Polenta Squares with Italian Meat Ragout and Smoked Mozzarella, Polenta Squares with Vegetable Ragout and Smoked Mozzarella, Kippers in Butter with Vanilla Onions, Baked Haddock Cannelloni, Banana Crumpets, French Toast with Cinnamon Sugar

a la Carte:

Corned Beef Hash with Poached Egg, Hollandaise and Chipotle Sauce – R55

American Style Steak and Eggs, Grilled Tomato and Pommes Frites – R115

Silver Rand Buttermilk Pancakes, Crispy Bacon, Maple Syrup, Mascarpone Cheese – R55

Grilled Mushroom Welsh Rarebit served with Worcestershire sauce and Watercrest – R40

Eggs Benedict, Wilted Spinach, Pancetta, Chorizo Sausage and Hollandaise Sauce – R65

Smoked Haddock, Poached Egg and Sauce Mornay on Baby Spinach – R75

Croque Madam-Country Style Bread, Ham, Emanthaler, Mustard Bechamel Topped with Fried Egg – R65

Croque Norwegian-Country Style Bread, Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Mustard Bechamel Topped with Fried Egg – R65

Crayfish and Truffle Scrambled Eggs on Toasted Brioche with Caviar and Watercress – R140



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