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A nod to the nostalgic at CASA Restaurant & Cabanas

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Sixties glamour combined with a playful aesthetic of Miami-inspired decor, palm tree prints and gilded furniture greeted guests as The Ritz hotel’s new eatery, CASA, opened its doors last week Friday. Encouraging you to not to take things too seriously, the interiors at CASA Restaurant and Cabanas in Sea Point are amusingly reminiscent of a playboy’s playground circa 1971 – you almost expect the pastel suits and polished Cuban-heeled boots of the era to make an appearance. Instead, visitors to the newly launched eatery can expect to see a host of Cape Town’s jet set, lounging poolside or draped over sofas at the Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar. CASA is built for entertaining, and has everything anyone could want from a hotel restaurant and bar. Glitzy, slightly kitsch and entirely fun, the eatery caters for hotel guests and visitors alike and its sushi selection is set to be a popular attraction this summer. Velvety armchairs in jewel tones of dusty pink, emerald and coal black surround smooth tables in creamy marble while the popular Martinique palm-print wallpaper and a giant gilded palm tree bring in an element of retro hedonism. The restaurant is able to seat 320 diners and, on balmy nights, guests are encouraged to make use of the sizeable cabanas next to the pool. After-work drinks are enjoyed indoors at CASA’s sleek horseshoe-shaped bar, with 'Whispering Angel' French rosé or the bar’s signature black Bellini on offer. Turning the ground floor of the Sea Point stalwart into CASA was no simple renovation, the transformation of the iconic hotel taking a number of months and a substantial budget to realise. Creative Director of The Ritz Hotel Management, Nicky van der Walt handled the refurbishment. That said, CASA has succeeded in becoming a spot that not only oozes old-world glamour but also offers a unique inclusivity through its casual menu choices and affordable pricing. Apart from the sushi, diners can opt for artisanal pizza – topped with herbs from the kitchen’s own garden, a Continental breakfast buffet and a lengthy brunch on Sundays. With dishes ranging from R55 to R240, CASA surely has something for everyone.