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A sensory feast at the newly-styled Aurelia’s Restaurant

Aurelia's at The Emperor's Palace has had an elegant and modern makeover.

13 Oct 2015

Aurelia’s Restaurant at the award-winning 5-star Peermont D’oreale Grande at Emperors Palace, has undergone an elegant, modern makeover. Aligning themselves with current trends the focus has been on natural textures from furniture to paint finishes.

Behind the scenes, the latest state-of-the-art technology has been added to the expanded kitchen area, ensuring that every plate served is a first-class masterpiece. “I am proud to be able to present the new look Aurelia’s restaurant where we intend to showcase innovative cuisine that is different, easy to eat and simple, accompanied by warm and friendly service leaving you with an experience which will make you want to come back again and again…it is a true celebration of life!” says Jegie Padmanathan, Group Hotel and Resorts Executive.

Aurelia’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also offers a children’s menu. It is ideal for everything from social lunches, business meetings and family meals to memorable romantic dinners and special occasion meal experiences. A built-in braai station offers perfectly grilled elements to those inside the restaurant, while also serving guests seated outside underneath the five newly installed gazebos.

To accompany the new menu, the restaurant has undergone some visually appealing changes. With floor-to-ceiling
concertina doors that can be rolled back to give access to the outdoor patio area, Aurelia’s has retained its light, airy ambiance and offers guests a choice of dining options.

Should one of the Highveld’s spectacular thunderstorms decide to blow in, the glass doors are rolled closed – giving diners a protected ringside seat to one of nature’s most spectacular displays. Larger than before, the restaurant now comfortably seats 120 people inside, between 40 and 70 outside and boasts two new upmarket private dining facilities. A new lounge area, Aurelia’s Lounge, has been added to cater for hotel guests that arrive early from the airport, complete with free wireless Internet access. There, guests are able to relax on soft sofas and comfortable chairs while enjoying a selection of light snacks and a cappuccino or café latte until their hotel room is ready.

Dinner menu

The enchanting dinner menu has re-invented the dining experience into something otherworldly. A new Chef station located in view of the restaurant, allow guests to see the finishing touches being added to their meals, while the aromas add a sensory element to the occasion. The expansive a la carte dinner menu introduces elements of molecular gastronomy, paired with a fusion of new-age Mediterranean and South African cuisines.

Molecular gastronomy, made famous by pioneers such as Ferran Adria and Heston Blumenthal, combines the creative art of cooking with science to create unique culinary experiences beyond anything people have tasted before. At Aurelia’s, this mind-blowing new movement is evident in predominantly starter dishes and desserts.

Even though the menu has undergone a variety of changes, guests can still enjoy traditional favourites, including Cherries Jubilee and Crepes Suzette. To accompany the food menu, Aurelia’s is also serving up a wide variety of malt and blended whiskies, wines from all the great Cape vineyards, and local and imported beer.

Breakfast menu

For breakfast, guests can begin their day with a dazzling array of choices at the new island-style buffet area in the centre of the restaurant, including cold cuts, cold fish cuts, yoghurts, freshly cut seasonal fruit and a range of fruit juices. Adjacent to the buffet area is a display area showcasing a selection of mixed breads that includes croissants, muffins, Danish pastries, baguettes, paninis and an assortment of bread loaves.

For something a little different, a sushi station offers maki, California rolls, fashion sandwiches and nigiri. The expanded hot buffet station has an egg station, and dessert section, as well as a hot self-service area for sausages, bacon, grilled vegetables and an Asian stir-fry selection.

Lunch menu

Lunch at Aurelia’s remains a relaxed yet elegant affair, where fresh produce and seasonal ingredients receive a uniquely modern twist. The ‘made to order’ lunch concept menu features delicious daily creations that include a variety of mouth-watering tapas, gourmet sandwiches and crafted salads.

Millionaires menu

For guests who would like to take their dining experience to the next level, the exclusive Millionaires menu will not disappoint. “This menu was specifically designed to make special occasions that much more special. This menu is ideal for celebrations, including engagements, graduations and milestone wedding anniversaries. The elements on each plate has been carefully put together to ensure a memorable dining experience that will leave a lasting impression. The menu items change on a seasonal basis to ensure they remain relevant and fresh”,
Padmanathan concludes.

Understated, elegant and innovative, Aurelia’s boasts an enviable staff compliment who have undergone extensive training to deliver on the expectations of its guests. The team includes Chef De Cuisine, Justin Jonah; Restaurant Manager, Quinton Russell; and Assistant Restaurant Managers, Solomon Mudau, Favourite Mbalane and Taahir De Vries.

For Aurelia's Restaurant full menu and information click here.

For bookings and further information, please contact 011 928 1727/1908 or email or

Alternatively, bookings can now conveniently be made online through a state-of-the-art booking system, Dine Plan. Simply visit, click on “Things To Do”, select the “Restaurants” button and click on “Aurelia’s”.
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