There’s a not-so-secret-secret buffet feast guaranteed to wow all Capetonians’ cockles. It’s clearly no secret, considering that it is always overflowing with Sunday family get-togethers. Getting the best bang for your buck is key these days, and the Sunday Lunch Buffet at The Peach Tree at¬†Southern Sun The Cullinan, delivers on that.

The smell of an overflowing buffet spread teleports me back to my younger years. Growing up in northern KwaZulu-Natal, the Drakensberg Mountain range was the backdrop to my childhood and a Sunday outing with the family to Drakensberg Sun Hotel meant indulging in the most decadent treats, meats and salads – in that exact order.

It’s no wonder that Drakensberg Sun is part of the same hotel group, Tsogo Sun, that Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel belongs to. In reality, all I have done is swopped mountains, and I am grateful that the consistency of a great buffet has stayed with me, thank you Tsogo Sun.

The advantage of Sunday lunch at the Peach Tree Restaurant is there is space galore – even in a full restaurant, the service is impeccable and the dishes are refilled so quick, you never have to ask twice.

The food, however, is the biggest drawcard – the courses are too many to choose from – but that’s the beauty of a buffet, you never have to choose.

Some expert advise on tackling the buffet:

1. Try not to eat too much for breakfast, make sure you go hungry.
2. Head on over to the salad counter – fill up a side plate neatly, with a little of everything.
3. Enjoy a good few sips of wine, before heading out for the soup course – the soup course is a winner.
4. Please try a freshly-baked bun with your silky soup. (If you forego the soup, which you shouldn’t because your mama didn’t raise you that way, make sure you try the bread).
5. After a short break, head back in – you got this!
6. Don’t mix up your mains up too much. Roast, veggies, rice and gravy belong on one plate. When you’re done with this course, stretch your legs a little. There is a beautiful pool down the stairs to the left of the hotel, use the walk up and down the stairs to exercise and circulate your blood, and food flow.
7. Head back in when you’re feeling confident, there are delicious stews, pasta dishes and more bread to consume.
8. Sit back and pat yourself on the back, you’re half way there and still feeling strong.
9. Engage your dessert stomach, because everyone has a separate intake for dessert. The only problem you encounter here is ‘too many to choose from’ – again, pace yourself, YOU’VE GOT THIS!
10. At this point, a break is highly recommended, but completely optional. End off on the cheese course, because cheese is the great concluder – and with a huge parmesan wheel rolling alongside every other cheese you could possibly imagine, there’s only one way, and that’s in it to win it.

Most astounding is the cost, for R195 per person for a deliriously delicious Sunday roast, with every single trimming you could possibly imagine, cooked up freshly – what’s not to love. This is a perfect excuse to gather the family around the table and the best part is someone else gets to do all the cooking – and the dishes too.

Contact: 021 415 4000
Address: 1 Cullinan Street, Cape Town Waterfront
Website: The Peach Tree


Pictures: Tsogo Sun Hotel


Article written by

Nidha Narrandes

Nidha Narrandes is a food-obsessed travel addict with 21 years of journalism experience. Her motto - Travel. Eat. Repeat. She is happiest on a road to nowhere without a plan. A masterchef at home, she can't do without chilli - because chilli makes the world a tastier place.