Executive Chef Tamsyn Wells has introduced a new menu to the 15 on Orange Hotel restaurant to go with the property’s lush new look. The menu draws on the Bistronomy trend and emphasises comfort food that’s fresh and healthy. Here, Chef Tamsyn tells us a bit more about the menu and bistronomy, the restaurant’s revamp, and her favourite dishes:
What is bistronomy? Bistronomy is a worldwide food trend which originated in Europe. It emphasises high quality, fresh ingredients and dishes that are prepared in an authentic way with a focus on flavours and simplicity – without any frills. It’s a portmanteau of the words ‘bistro’ and ‘gastronomy’ and the original idea was to combine the casual feel of a bistro with an amazing gastronomic experience.
Can you outline a typical bistronomy offering? Bowl food is quite a good example of bistronomy. At 15 on Orange Hotel, Autograph Collection, we use the freshest ingredients to craft bowl food that is healthy yet also feels like comfort food. Examples are our salmon poke bowl with fresh Norwegian salmon, our Caesar salad bowl, and our very popular green Thai chicken and prawn curry bowl.
Does it have a starter-main-dessert format? Bistronomy can apply to any food – be it starters, mains or desserts. As we are a five-star hotel attracting guests from all over the world, we need to offer continental cuisine. Our all-day, a la carte and tapas menus cater for these varied tastes under the bistronomy theme. Our regulars will recognise some of their familiar favourites, but there’s also a whole new range of options.
What is your favourite bistronomy dish on the menu? My favourite signature dish I created a while ago for a special tasting menu is the Teriyaki Norwegian salmon with Asian greens, ginger and miso butter. My personal style is adding a healthy touch with some Asian inspiration to the dishes.
What makes it a good fit for 15 on Orange? With the hotel’s recent renovation and realignment under Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, we had the perfect opportunity to reinvent our food and beverage offerings. The mark of the hotel is ‘urban oasis’, and if you visit you’ll see that the upgrade has created a seamless integration between inside and outside. For example, there’s a lushness of plant life and floor-to-ceiling windows letting in the mountain views which really makes you feel like you’re in an oasis in the middle of the city. This botanical feeling fits in well with bistronomy and its focus on freshness and no frills. We wanted to move away from the fine dining perception of five-star hotels and create a cuisine that would appeal to everybody – and bistronomy fit that bill.
How is this concept being introduced by the 15 on Orange team? We have introduced new menus in all our newly renovated food and beverage areas with authentic, fresh ingredients. In addition, the upgrade of the hotel has seen a complete revamp of the restaurant area. We’ve knocked down walls and shifted things around so the restaurant now looks onto a beautiful view of Table Mountain. The décor is in line with our ‘urban oasis’ mark, featuring botanical wallpaper and shades of green velvet. In this way we’ve created the bistro feel that bistronomy is famous for – elegant yet simple food in a relaxed setting.
What do you like most about the bistronomy trend? It gives me the opportunity to experiment with the menus through its focus on beautiful high quality food with affordable prices and a human touch. It’s simple, comforting and tempting.