BOARDWALK’S SIGNATURE RESTAURANT: Fine dining has just gone up a notch in Port Elizabeth


Without doubt, the Boardwalk Hotel and Spa is a very impressive addition to the Nelson Mandela Bay beachfront and, as wonderful as it appears from Beach Road, it is even more magnificent when you enter its foyer.

The hotel’s spaciousness, proportions and décor are a credit to the architects and interior designers who worked on this marvellous building. Not only do you have a sense of wowness when you enter, you simply do not want to leave.

Perhaps one of the key features of this magnificent hotel is their restaurant, Kipling’s Brasserie.

Named after Rudyard Kipling, the English short-story writer, poet, and novelist, - chiefly remembered for The Jungle Book, the Brasserie’s menu reflects his global travels and interests. Kipling was also a frequent visitor to the Eastern Cape on several of his South African holidays.

Being a brasserie, you can expect white linen, neatly laid cutlery and the full array of glasses. There is a maître de, wine steward and a team of well-trained, professional waiters who readily serve the Kiplings’ patrons. In other words, this is a place of fine dining.

It is good having the basics but when you place these in a magnificent room full of ceiling fans, chandeliers, large windows, comfortable chairs, large potted palms and tasteful murals, paintings and furniture you have something quite exceptional - and that is precisely what Kipling’s Brasserie is.

In keeping with the ambiance, the food is delicious, intriguing and a mixture of traditional Indian Cuisine (Kipling was born in Bombay, India) and quintessential South Africa - as reflected by a kudu bobotie samoosa starter on the menu.

With 150 seats, it is small enough for an intimate dinner for two, and big enough for special functions. The dishes are titled after Kipling’s stories such as ‘The Elephant’s Child’ and ‘How the Leopard Got its Spots’ making this restaurant as delightful as his writings.

My wife and I enjoy a fine meal in a restaurant that exudes an atmosphere that encourages conversation, intimacy and relaxation and Kipling’s has all of these. 

On a recent visit, I tried their Lamb Rogan Josh and my wife had the Cape Market linefish (dusted with lemon and cardamom sprinkle on a crushed baby potato and caramelised onion tower, with a green tea and ginger cream). We also shared a Kipling’s signature salad with fresh cocktail tomatoes, marinated Danish feta, olive tapenade, cucumber ribbons, red onion and ‘a twist in the dressing’.

They were as delicious as they sound and presented as works of art. For dessert, we shared a delectable Crème Brûlée, one of the best I have ever tasted.

If you are looking for a wonderful night out, a bit of romance or wanting to impress your business associates, then this is the place for you. Fine dining in Port Elizabeth has just gone up a notch.  See you there!

To make your reservation call:  041 507 9452 or find Kipling’s Brasserie off the foyer of the Boardwalk Hotel and Spa, Beach Road, Summerstrand in Port Elizabeth.