Cape Town Food & Drinks

The Red Room at The Mount Nelson Hotel by Chefs Warehouse

Liam Tomlin and David Schneider Open The Red Room at The Mount Nelson, Cape Town

The Red Room, Liam Tomlin’s newest upscale Pan-Asian restaurant has finally opened at the Mount Nelson Hotel, adding to the fine dining experiences that Cape Town has to offer.

The Red Room, which used to be known as The Grill Room in the 80s, is a lavish Pan-Asian restaurant with a beautiful ambiance in shades of red.

The small plates offered here will take you on a journey from east to west through the multicultural pan-Asian universe, as reflected in the beautiful narrative woven into the design.

With plush upholstery, rich textures, and attention-grabbing lighting, the restaurant offers a theatrical atmosphere to complement the exceptional food, which is a hallmark of the Chefs Warehouse brand.

The Red Room Menu

Upon arrival, patrons of the restaurant are presented with two carefully curated options: either unwind in a cozy deep-velvet booth with a tea-infused cocktail , and indulge in any of the flavourful small plates from the à la carte menu.

Alternatively, they can opt for the opulent dining experience and enjoy the four-course set menu designed for sharing, at R900 per person.

David Schneider, celebrated chef from the Chefs Warehouse, had this to say about what can be expected from the menu.

“Seasonal dishes that represent the breadth of Asia’s footprint, created with authenticity and served with absolute attention to detail. Our food will be divided into two menus: the casual à la carte bar menu, defined by flavour-packed small plates of dumplings, ssam, oysters, tataki, broths and more and then the set dining menu of 3 to 4 courses. The latter nods to our celebrated Chefs Warehouse tapas for two concept, but with unique focus points for each course.”

The Peking Duck Experience is the one that diners should really gun for, as it will present a dining experience like no other, as David Scheider shared with the Getaway magazine.

“Guests might start with the Line fish Sashimi and end with the Peking Duck Experience. This icon of Asia will be one to look out for, fire-roasted in our dedicated Peking duck cooker and wheeled over to your table on a gueridon before being carved by the waiter. The drinks menu will follow suit with a selection of enticing cocktails that pay homage to Asia’s tea and spice culture in addition to select sakes, whiskeys, and the best of our local wines.”  

“The menu will take guests on a curated journey through the East, honouring these cuisines with a unique dining experience in an iconic setting,” Liam Tomlin shared.

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Interior Design & Ambiance at The Red Room

The Red Room is a lavish, subterranean restaurant that pays homage to the ceremony and high standards of old-world dining, creating an environment that transcends time and place.

Guests will be led through a pair of red velvet curtains and down a polished staircase to an alluring, dimly-lit bar that hums with excitement. The dining room beyond will be a delightful blend of fun and luxury, showcasing many of the original features of the Nellie’s renowned 70s Grill Room.

The Red Room will unite Belmond’s well-travelled, cosmopolitan patrons with the discerning epicurean following of Chefs Warehouse to create a truly unique and unparalleled Pan-Asian dining experience.

“Elevating the Mount Nelson’s gastronomic offering with the Chefs Warehouse team brings to life our vision of curating ever-new experiences for culinary curious guests. The Red Room offers a unique opportunity to experience the revival of a truly iconic space set beneath the buzz of the city,” concludes Tiago Moraes Sarmento, General Manager of the Mount Nelson.

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Liam and David, the owner-operators with a devoted following, will be collaborating with two chefs de cuisine, Geoffrey Abrahams and Teenola Govender, both of whom possess ample experience from working in some of Cape’s finest eateries.

Liam’s exploration of Asian cuisine during his time in Australia has instilled in him a profound appreciation for the region’s flavors and cultures, which he hopes to share with guests through an immersive dining and bar experience. As a response to the nation’s demand for a truly Pan-Asian restaurant, Liam and David are eager to deliver.

If you are looking for a unique Pan Asian fine dining experience in Cape Town, you definitely should try The Red Room!

The Red Room is at Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town

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