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Review: Vredehoek’s new local favourite, Con Brio Bistro

This Vredehoek bistro has grown a loyal following since it opened up in the Deer Park strip in January 2015. Greg Landman explains why you should pay Con Brio Bistro a visit.

Olives in two bowls at Con Brio Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Olives in two bowls at Con Brio Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Food

Talented young chef Edward Serfontein, who worked at Café Nood and Burrata, serves food that doesn’t rely on frills to make its impact. This is high-flavour country with delicious combinations that are making this a great addition to the Vredehoek scene.

A close-up shot of the food at Con Brio Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A close-up shot of the food at Con Brio Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The small plates concept is an excellent idea, falling neatly between tapas and starter portions – just enough to get those tastebuds going. Fabulous plump mussels done with garlic and white wine, plenty of cream and bacon are irresistible, as is the dish of baby calamari with a hint of chili and lemon mayo. Then there are the arancini, deep-fried risotto balls filled with mozzarella and served with harissa mayo, and the pièce de résistance, rich chicken livers with mushrooms, brandy and cream served with crunchy ciabatta.

Olives in two bowls at Con Brio Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The bar counter at Con Brio Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The burgers are bringing devotees down the mountain, arriving in generous portions on a buttered garlic bun. Plus there are excellent steaks, ostrich or beef, and skinny pizzas, if you’re still hungy. A great way to finish is with the strawberry cheesecake ice cream all crunched up in a glass – a childhood dream come true.

Drinks

An adequate list that’s well-priced, with house wines from Vondeling. Fabulous cocktails.

Olives in two bowls at Con Brio Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The entrance at Con Brio Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Service

Swift and friendly, with owner Vanessa Rose, a well-known Cape Town foodie, usually there keeping an eye on things.

Ambience

This friendly, small place is much loved by the families in the area and the young professionals who live there. It’s very comfortable and unintimidating, like a home away from home, where someone else does all the work.

Cocktails at Con Brio Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Cocktails at Con Brio Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

And…

Look out for specials, like half-price cocktails on Fridays from 5pm to 7pm, which is a great way to start the weekend.

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Have you tucked into delicious bistro fare at Con Brio Bistro in Vredehoek yet? Write a quick review and we will pledge a meal to a hungry child through Stop Hunger Now SA.

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