Malaga Hotel - Restaurant
Malaga Hotel - Restaurant
Malaga Hotel - Restaurant


Say hello to Chef François Delport, a culinary maestro hailing from the picturesque landscapes of South Africa. With a glorious blend of local and international experience spanning over 3 decades, Chef Delport has become a true connoisseur of classic French-style cooking, bistro cuisine, and heartwarming fare. Currently at the helm of the Malaga Hotel's restaurant, Esmeraldo’s, Chef Delport proudly showcases his passion for gastronomy in his delightful creations.

Born and raised in South Africa, Chef Delport's culinary journey began by immersing himself in his rich local food heritage. It was against this backdrop that he developed a profound appreciation for the timeless elegance of classic French cuisine. From the delicate artistry of creating perfect sauces to the irresistible aromas of freshly baked baguettes, his dishes reflect the artistry and soul of traditional French cooking.

However, Chef Delport's culinary style doesn't stop at French classics. He also finds immense joy in curating bistro-style dishes that speak straight to the heart. He artfully blends simplicity and sophistication, consistently delivering meals that provide comfort and unpretentious pleasure to his diners.

Beyond his exceptional culinary talents, Chef Delport wholeheartedly believes in the power of training, knowledge sharing, and uplifting his dedicated team. His passion for mentorship and nurturing talent is unparalleled. By providing a supportive environment and encouraging his staff to continuously expand their skills, he not only ensures a harmonious and efficient kitchen, but also fosters a culture of growth and excellence.

After his international culinary adventures, Chef Delport chose to settle back in South Africa, where he found his true calling at the Malaga Hotel. With his tenure at Esmeraldo’s, he has been able to infuse his deep-rooted love for classic French cuisine with his appreciation for his home country's flavours and ingredients. The result is an exquisite menu that pays homage to both his French training and the vibrant tastes of South Africa.

At Esmeraldo’s, Chef François Delport's culinary artistry takes centre stage, charming guests with his delightful array of dishes that reflect his far-reaching experiences and genuine passion for food. Whether savouring one of his signature dishes or revealing in a comforting plate of locally-inspired delights, diners are in for an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

Chef Delport's unwavering dedication to his craft, commitment to uplifting his team, and mastery of classic French and South African cuisine have solidified his status as a true culinary icon. Through his culinary creations, he skilfully weaves together elements from various culinary traditions, leaving an indelible mark on the South African culinary landscape. At Esmeraldo’s, the stage is set for a culinary journey led by Chef Delport, where classic Bistro and South African vibrancy dance harmoniously on every plate.

Our restaurant offers an à la carte Bistro style menu aswell as indoor and outdoor seating for all seasons.

We serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Buffets on occasion. Take aways and room service available.

Breakfast 06h30 - 10h30
Lunch 12h30 - 14h30
Dinner 18h30 - 22h00
7 days a week

Wood Fired Pizzas!

Whether you're a classic Margherita lover or prefer something a bit more adventurous, our wood fired pizzas will satisfy your cravings. Experience the ultimate pizza feast right here at Malaga Hotel.

Get ready to indulge in the mouth-watering flavours of freshly baked pizzas, cooked to perfection in our traditional oven. Crispy crusts, melted cheese, and a variety of delectable toppings await your taste buds.

Don't miss out on this delicious addition to our culinary offerings. Your taste buds will thank you!