Sunday lunch. Two words that evoke different experiences from everyone. Of all the meals of the week, this particular one is the most meaningful. It denotes family. No matter the size of the meal, it is the togetherness that is celebrated first and foremost.

The cheerful banter of friends and extended family around the Sunday lunch table has been sorely missed during lockdown. Remember the days when you looked forward to cooking up a feast? Those days have expired, thanks to the never-ending lockdown meals we’ve had to prepare over the weeks.

If like me, you need a break from the rigmarole of prepare, cook, eat, repeat, you need to reach out to the President Hotel for a sensational Sunday lockdown lunch.

The meals are neatly and hygienically packed, and delivered to your home an hour before lunch time. The service was superb, 15 minutes prior to the food arriving, I received a message to inform me to put the oven on.

Receiving a box of food is like opening Christmas presents these days. It is just as rewarding, if not more.

Lunch, all lined up.

The menu changes every week. Lucky for you, the fennel mosbolletjies are on the menu this week too, so you have that to look forward to. The menu we had the pleasure of sampling can only be described at the quintessential Sunday lunch. The main dish was a succulent, and juicy sous vide chicken with tamari sauce.

The chicken was prepped to go straight into the oven. The rest of the side dishes needed a quick microwave, and they were ready to dig in.

There is no doubt in my mind that Chef Jacques Swart has special powers that make patrons smile from the inside out with his cuisine. Wok fried pak choy with the most subtle, delicious char, coconut shavings and sesame were included as the side dish. Savoury rice with a hint of rich saffron – and a creamy coleslaw completed the meal.

Sunday lunch from the President Hotel.

The silence at the table spoke volumes. A sticky brandy pudding with a toffee anglaise and caramel popcorn rounded off an incredible Sunday lunch.

Chef will graciously accommodate vegan, vegatarian, pescatarian, gluten-free and Banting diets. So until you can enjoy the sea breeze in your hair while soaking up the best views poolside from the President Hotel, you can order in and give yourself a Sunday off.

The next menu is featured below. I can guarantee that it is a meal not to be missed, and will give you a much-needed break from the kitchen.

Sunday Lunch Day – June 14, 2020

– Freshly baked fennel seed Mosbolletjies with salted butter
– Slow cooked Beef Short Rib with braised apple and horseradish crème
– Creamy Mascarpone & Thyme polenta V
– Slow baked tomato Tarte Tatin with ricotta cheese and tarragon V
– Spinach & grilled artichoke bake with Emmental cheese V
– Dessert (Optional Addition)

Build your own Berry pavlova, vanilla Chantilly crème, seasonal berry compote, and meringue nest

R 455 – serves 2 / R 520 Including dessert
R 910 – serves 4 / R 975 Including dessert
R 1365 – serves 6 / R 1450 Including dessert

* You will also receive a free gift from the kitchen if you order the full menu.

Free Delivery in and around Cape Town. Residents within the Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Fresnaye, Sea Point and Green Point areas can place their orders via WhatsApp between 11am and 5pm.


– The menu can be found using the link: or on the hotel Instagram page @thepresidentct

– WhatsApp your order to 066 038 4521 along with your delivery address and your name/name of recipient

– Payment upon delivery with Zapper, Snapscan or Speed point

Pictures: Nidha Narrandes

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.