Ilse van der Merwe
Bistro Bonbon prides itself on serving comfort food where the sourcing of local ingredients remain key. The menu is a mixture of French bistro classics and traditional South African favourites. Starter items like the “soup du jour” and “winter salad” change with the availability and seasonality of ingredients. Favourite items are the Elgin free range chicken livers, with a house made peri-peri and fresh bread, as well as the seared free range beef carpaccio, served with Grana Padano and a reduced balsamic and caper dressing.
For mains, the braised free range lamb is an absolute winner - a generous portion of meltingly tender meat braised with tomatoes and served with mashed potatoes and herb gremolata. The vegetarian option of wild mushroom risotto with shiitake mushroom arancini, truffle and parmesan is excellently seasoned. Other popular choices are the sustainable linefish “caldo verde” with heirloom tomato, swiss chard and crispy potatoes.
For dessert, there are two sweet options and an artisanal cheese platter to choose from. The poached winter fruit with honeycomb and cinnamon ice cream is the perfect comforting ending to a superb, scrumptious meal. A children’s menu and a selection of cakes are also on offer.
A selection of carefully selected wines from neighbouring estates as well as other SA wine areas such as the Overberg covering all the basic varietals are on offer - a few also per 250ml carafe, but no options per glass (750ml bottle prices vary from R175-R580, excluding MCC’s). You’ll also find a list of spirits, beers, liqueurs, coffees and teas.
Service is adequate (can be slow sometimes) and staff members are all very friendly.
The cosy interior and fire place of Bistro Bonbon is perfect for a winters day, but you’ll find some welcome sunny spots on the patio overlooking the pond and lawn during warmer weather. The farm is beautiful with manicured lawns and beautiful orchard & mountain views. The barn-style thatched roof interiors provide a splash of rustic comfort and there is a welcoming ambiance throughout. Leather and wooden chairs combined with crisp white tablecloths set the scene for premium bistro dining.
Bistro Bonbon is the perfect choice if you’re looking for world class comfort food within a tranquil countryside setting.
The menu is a selection of French dishes using seasonal ingredients, some with local South African flavours added for a local twist. Starters include a seasonal soup of the day served with a section of home-made bread, crispy fried squid accompanied by a creamy garlic mayonnaise and a scattering of crispy curry leaves. The tartness of the grapefruit in the duck salad makes for a perfectly balanced morsel. For mains, the pork belly with perfectly crisp crackling and rich jus is a must-try signature dish. The light and fresh Mauritian seabass main course is served with crispy skin on a bed of peas and rice and a light herb dressing.
Vegetarians are offered a choice between two types of risotto – wild mushroom and minted pea – as well as a roasted pumpkin pasta dish served with toasted pine nuts. Between starters and main course, a complimentary palette cleanser of sorbet is served which is a lovely added touch. The sorbet flavour varies according to the season.
The dessert selection consists of familiar choices such as crème brûlée and chocolate mousse. The locally sourced cheese selection is the after-dinner highlight and can be ordered for one or more to share. It comes served with a selection of home-made wheat crackers, crispy lavash and a mini whole-wheat bread loaf along with homemade fruit preserves.
The wine list is extensive with a wide selection of wines to suit all budgets and taste. It is advisable to order wines from the menu provided as the corkage is R150 and non-negotiable.
The service staff members are attentive and very knowledgeable on the meals as well as the specials on offer. The manager is friendly and always available for questions. The restaurant accommodates children, offering them their own special menu.
A cosy, warm space with a fireplace at one end, which is perfect for a winter’s evening. The tables are lined with crisp white linens and classically set in the traditional French style with cutlery lined and long-stem wine glasses. The walls are lined with signed pictures of musical and theatre acts, giving the place a sense of fun. Chalk boards with the daily specials also feature on the wall.
Café BonBon hosts a series of local musical acts for an afternoon of singing and dancing, including a specially designed three-course menu, all included in the ticket price. Enquire about the dates and make bookings on www.lapetite.co.za/events-calendar.
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