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Food24 eats at... Constantia Uitsig

Chef Caro tries out the spring menu.

27 Oct 2011

Constantia Uitsig is snuggled in at the back of Constantia Uitsig wine estate and is a restaurant with classic country elegance and a beautiful view (lunch on the stoep is just gorgeous).

The food

The food, I would describe as rustic fine dining. There is little fussiness and chef Clayton Bell's flavours are pure and fresh. What you see is what you get and the portions are perfect ie: no teeny mounds of unrecognizable foam.

Often, I feel, Constantia Uitsig gets overlooked and under-talked about as it’s big sis La Colombe is the ever-present finer than fine dining figure just a hundred metres away, but it is a restaurant with solid roots and seriously great fare.

My experience

We had the spring menu which is set at R340 for 4 courses, R365 for 5 and R390 for 6, including the pairing of wine with each dish -  and great news! It’s to be continued throughout the season and into next year so no panic.

Mussels - I have honestly never had a better mussel dish – light discs of pastry with fresh, plump mussels in a creamy Saffron sauce – seriously wow.

Following this was a beautiful salad, great mushroom ravioli, a fish dish using Kingklip - ahhh! I was not happy to see this as it's on the SASSI orange list.

Lamb chops - I was taken aback at the pure flavour of the meat, its tenderness and all-round simplistic greatness of this dish. A dish worth gushing about.

Look at the gallery of screen-lickable pics of dishes from the menu and more...


All paired with Constantia Uitsig wines and I'll say again, they're included in the price. I love that they haven’t put the pairing at a premium, it’s great to be able to have the pairing as I think many miss out on this as it's that much more expensive.

Should you go?

Without a doubt and then go again. It's romantic, notably drool-worthy and so very happy-making.

Perfect for

Romance, long lazy lunches and cosy dinners. A great special occasion place too.





- Caro de Waal


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