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Food24 eats at... La Belle

Caro de Waal shares her taste experience at the revamped La Belle at The Alphen in Constantia.

03 May 2012

La Belle is the swanky panky new deli-come-bistro at the newly renovated Alphen Hotel in Constantia in Cape Town.

Previously the rather dusty, but lovable pub ‘The Boer and Brit’, it has been transformed into a modern eatery with a rustic farm-style décor. With exposed wooden beams and a stunning interior, it also has a large outside area under some wise old oaks, and is the place to be and be seen in the Southern Suburbs for a touch of breakfast or a spot of lunch.

The food

My top picks:

Charcuterie platter – big and beautiful. (R130 – serves 2)
Fishcakes – tasty with an extra wasabi mayo kick. (R80)
Burger – gorgeous, highly recommended! (R80)
Fish and chips – superb crisp batter with great accompaniments and chips. (R120)
Berry and lemon tart – not lemony enough for me at all.
Cheesecake – humungous portion but a good one.

Take a look at my luscious gallery of the above dishes (I tasted them all... thoroughly) or download the menu on the listing to see more.


The coffee is Lavazza Blue and is good. Gorgeous milkshakes like berries & white chocolate and banana & peanut butter look huge and lovely. There are also raw juices and smoothies to choose from as well as specialty teas and some funky hot chocolates.

The wine list is small but comprehensive and not for the faint-hearted where price is concerned.


Not a cheap date, but the portions are sumptuous and there is great attention to detail in all aspects.

Good for...

A long lazy breakfast or lunch when you’re feeling like being in a beautiful place with lovely food. It's also open 'til 9pm so you could fit in an early supper.

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Caro de Waal was a guest of La Belle.

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