Whether you approach it from the bottom of the valley at Steenberg Golf Estate or coming over Constantia Nek at the top, Capetonians are spoilt for choice as to the dining options available along the Constantia Valley Wine Route.
A lot has been happening with regards restaurants opening, closing or in some cases relocating. Spring has heralded a new crop of ideas and dining options. Here is a round-up on what you can expect:
The wine bar at the ultra-modern Bistro Sixteen82 on Steenberg Estate is the place to start. Whilst previous chef Brad Ball has recently left to open a new restaurant at Peddlers on the Bend, a new chef is in the process of being appointed but patrons can expect the same delicious contemporary European fare.
Stylish Catharina’s is nestled in the werf of the old farmhouse precinct and 5 star hotel. Breakfast is served from 7 am each day. Lunch choices are from a blackboard menu which changes with the seasons. For fine dining, the candlelit dinner is a romantic treat. On Sundays, Family Feasts accompanied by live music are served from 12 – 3 pm from May - l October and feature a choice of starters, platters of roast meats and vegetables and dessert for R280/adult, half price for kids under 12. The Summer Feast is a buffet at R300/person
When Constantia Uitsig recently changed hands many people wanted to know what would happen to their restaurants.The River Café is set to open again under a new name and the new management of Neil Grant later this year although no firm date has been set. La Colombe has moved to a new location in Silvermist estate at the top of Constantia Nek and construction is under way. See website for details www.lacolombe.com
The restaurant at Buitenverwachting has long been a destination for a treat meal. The Austrian chef’s roots are clearly evident in his cooking style. Buitenverwachting’s popular summer picnics start from 20 November 2013 - 31st March 2014. The Coffee Bloc is a new popular addition to the farm and valley with yummy Austrian pastries.
Groot Constantia reminds me of my favourite granny and is an old and established favourite in the valley. Jonkershuis is ever popular for breakfast under the oaks in front of the Manor House or for their Estate Tasting plate featuring a medley of Malay curries. Simon’s is family-friendly and great for a casual lunch or dinner.
Ascending the valley, Constantia Glen’s wine bar has a restricted offering of charcuterie and cheese platters to accompany their delicious wines. With breath-taking views this is proving to be very popular as a lunchtime spot. Constantia Glen is open daily from 10h00 till 17h00 on weekdays, from 10h00 till 16h00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Beau Constantia's location has the wow factor. One could be in a James Bond movie sitting in the glass tasting room suspended over the valley. Lunchtimes on Friday, Saturday or Sunday enjoy a small changing menu of burger, pizza or fish and chips @R90. There is also a tasting platter. Plans are at an advanced stage to open a wine bar downstairs which will also serve Craft Beer and tapas style dishes. Gourmet picnics will soon be on offer in the amphitheatre. Check website for details www.beauconstantia.com
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