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Bistro Sixteen82

Bistro Sixteen82
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Cost
R160 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Bistro fare, Contemporary fare, Deli fare, French, Tapas
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Critic's review

Graham Howe

Food
New chef Kerry Kilpin (formerly of La Colombe), brings new flair and classic culinary technique to the fare prepared here in the open kitchen at one of the top winery bistros in the Cape. Expect sublime flavour combinations with subtle sauces and piquant Asian spices. Share an antipasti plate of cured meats, paté, pickles, cheeses and breads from the deli counter. The natural, fresh flavours of superb local ingredients are given the gourmet treatment, from shucked-to-order Saladanha oysters and black mussels in tom yum cream to smoked trout with wasabi mayo. Be sure to try the signature open steak sandwich with béarnaise sauce, onion rings and triple-cooked handcut chips. For hungrier appetites, the roast pork in thyme jus or braised lamb in basil jus would be just the thing. The tapas are the star of the dinner menu, served from sundown until early evening. Indulge in treats like hand-chopped beef tartare with all the trimmings, angelfish springrolls and Asian sticky pork belly.

Drinks
The wines come straight from the world-renowned winery next-door.

Service
Slick and professional, with informed advice on matching wines and bistro fare.

Ambience
A chic interior and poolside terrace with fabulous vineyard and mountain views set the tone for sophisticated dining.

And…
Make time to stop at the arty wine bar for pre-dinner drinks.

(August 2015)

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  • Greg Landman

    Bistro Sixteen82 rewards diners with excellent food that is completely irresistible.

    The food
    This is bistro cuisine at its best. Expect treats like the best steak tartare in the valley, hand-chopped, with a painting of beetroot to support it. There’s not a sinew in sight and the meat is accompanied by capers and the sweetest little crisp boiled quail’s egg, which has been deep fried. Served with some crunchy Melba, this is an irresistible dish.

    Another standout is the baked camembert with its almond crust, green fig syrup and parsley oil – almost too rich for its own good, but fabulous nevertheless. Move on to ricotta gnocchi with roasted garlic and a white cheddar sauce, or their justifiably famous slow-roasted pork belly with mustard mash.

    Also popular are the charcuterie platters: the meat option consists of some excellent salamis, while the seafood platter is adorned by a smoked angelfish paté and shrimp cocktail. It’s no wonder the place is packed. Finish up with a mango semifreddo with peanut meringue or the rose-flavoured panna cotta with green figs, which is a delicious ending to a fantastic meal.

    The wine
    The wine list carries only the excellent Steenberg range – and at a significant mark-up from the prices at the adjacent wine tasting facility. BYO will cost you R50 a bottle.

    The service
    Service is very smooth but can slow down when they get really busy, like on Sundays at lunchtime.

    The ambience
    The venue boasts a large, delightful double-volume space with a gorgeous outside seating area featuring ponds and some sculptural pieces. It’s a wonderful dining option in summer. Note that this space is not always open for eating, so check beforehand.

    And…
    Don’t leave without getting some goodies from the deli; there are cold meats and cheeses to die for. And, of course, stock up on some wines from the estate.

    (May 2014)

  • Chef Brad Ball sources local, seasonal and ethically farmed produce to produce gorgeous bistro-style food. Begin with a wine tasting overlooking the spectacular surroundings before sitting down to a Steen Burger (10 are made on Fridays only) of Wagyu beef, foie gras, black truffle, sweet roasted tomato and aioli; Brad’s famed pork belly; eggs Benedict; or beef tataki with sesame-and-soy Caesar salad. (EO mag 2014)
  • Chef Brad Ball sources local, seasonal and ethically farmed produce to produce gorgeous bistro-style food. Begin with a wine tasting overlooking the spectacular surroundings before sitting down to a Steen Burger (10 are made on Fridays only) of Wagyu beef, foie gras, black truffle, sweet roasted tomato and aioli; Brad’s famed pork belly; eggs Benedict; or beef tataki with sesame-and-soy Caesar salad.
  • Food
    Chef Brad Ball has his finger on the pulse of chic, modern food with spot-on flavour combinations, so it’s no wonder this is such a popular spot. For something different, ensconce yourself at the raw bar and indulge in oysters, ceviches, carpaccios and tartares. The main bistro menu is smart, so expect classics with a modern twist. The Steenburger, for example, is a heavenly burger served with foie gras, tomato jam and Parmesan fries, while the pork neck steak with fondant potato and fennel purée is wonderfully comforting, yet chic. Late afternoon sees authentic tapas being served. Try the Chalmar beef fillet in red wine and chilli sauce. Brunch is deservedly popular: the eggs Benedict deserves a mention, especially with the pork belly bacon, which is essentially a heavenly slab of home-cured bacon.

    Wine
    Steenburg’s excellent wines are the main draw card here, although there is a nod to a few other estates.

    Service
    The service is suitably slick for such a busy spot.

    Ambience
    This is a seriously sexy space, with modern fittings, a vast outside deck filled with couches and boasting vineyard and mountain views, and sunken indoors banquettes and tables with white leather and light wood. It fits the food to a tee.

    And...
    Start with a tasting of Steenberg’s award-winning wines at the tasting bar. (LvA, October 2012)*Note from the editor: book a picnic at Steenberg. Click [here](http://http://www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za/Event.aspx?EVENTID=11052&CLIENTID=3219&MENU=&Title=Events%C2%A0%C2%A0 ""Steen Berg Picnics"") for more information.
  • Stefania Johnson

    A touch of the winelands in the heart of Cape Town. Beautifully located Bistro Sixteen82 is a great choice for a stylish breakfast, brunch or lunch. The chic interiors belie the fact that this venue (and menu) is incredibly child-friendly too, and the service is attentive and relaxed. Here you can eat as the mood takes you on the day...the menu includes some excellent raw cuisine such as gravadlax and carpaccios, as well as delicious tapas and hearty bistro fare. Great food in a stylishly relaxed space. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • We have always loved Bistro1682 and the setting will always get it 5 stars, however our experience last weekend was definately not one to remember. We couldn't help wondering if all staff were tired or whether the kitchen can't maintain it's quality levels anymore. There were 4 of us and we ordered 3 starters between us; Steak Tartare, Patagonian Calamari and Panko Crusted Cheese Fritter, all were good, but not special. The problems arrived with the main courses - i wanted the risotto, which has been delicious and a bit of a staple for me when all else fails - however on this occasion I was horrified to discover that It was pre made with Truffle Oil included. I do not believe that a kitchen with the reputation of Bistrot 1682 should be unable to make a risotto without something as "divisive" as truffle oil, when asked. I ended up with a starter portion of scotch eggs, which were not very well made. The other mains ordered were the beef fillet, sustainable fish of the day and the pork belly - the fillet was not cooked as requested and the other 2 dishes were just ok. I hope this was just a bad day in the kitchen and not a reflection of this beautiful restaurant dropping its game.
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  • Incredibly SOUR attitude here! As a continuation from my other review at Catharina's (also at Steenberg)... After not getting into Catharina's in good time, we went here for breakfast, without a reservation. Not sure whether it's the lack of reservation that causes the long face here. This is the second time we've had this same reception by two front of house staff, who should be kept as far back behind the scenes as possible, preferably doing the paperwork. When the only table available was the one situated right behind the till, I suggested we could sit outside (a bit of a cold day, but we were fine with it, and a waiter could slide out the side to bring us our food), to which the response was an abrupt "no I am not opening the outside today. It's cold." After that we turned around and left. Second and last visit to the estate, for people who live 4 mins away in the area.
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  • I was first introduced to Bistro 1682 about 2 years ago. This was when they still had the churro's on the menu with the most amazing chocolate sauce (PLEASE bring those back!).I have been watching closely as the new Chef Kerry has taken over (from Brad Ball) as of 3rd November, and thus hauled my bridesmaids there with me on Monday 24th November. Drinks:Nothing much to say here, the Steenberg Chardonnay MCC goes down far too quickly! A must have every time we visit. The price is just a bit steep though considering you can buy a bottle for a third of the price a mere 3m's away... Maybe something to look into? Food:My one friend was very disappointed about the Beef tataki being taken off the 'Plate's' menu, but it is still on the lunch menu. For four woman we certainly did consume enough for a small army.. So here goes! Sticky Asian pork - sauce was scrumptious, pork belly was not as tender as usual. My Mom makes a killer roasted pork Belly so I always compare other restaurants to her!. This time Mom won! Cheese Fritter - absolutely to die for. A cheese lovers dream! Very rich but the stripe of beetroot helps simmer down the intensity of the cheesy flavours. Arancini - We devoured them so fast I did not manage to get a picture of them. Rice was rather al dente, but I like it that way. You will get a nice hit of tomato with this dish. Gambas Pil Pil - For the chili lovers. The white wine flavour was quite strong, but that is the way it is meant to be. The prawns were cooked beautifully. The beef sliders - what a let down... I have a thing about sinew and gristle in my beef burger patties, and for such a tiny patty it sure was full of it. The bread rolls used were also slightly stale, or they were possibly left under the pass too long which dried them out. Either way we didn't enjoy them. The patata's brava's - these were 'inhaled'. The dipping sauce was delicious and the potato's were nice and crispy. Yum! For dessert we braved the chocolate profiteroles, which unfortunately seemed at least a day old.. They were slightly crisp on the outside (which is good) but completely dried out and stale on the inside. The chocolate sauce used on top of them was not enjoyed by us, but the meringue icing on the bottom of the plate was the saving grace for this dish. The chocolate truffles were rock hard. We understand keeping them in the fridge because of the heat, but surely they should not be served rock hard? Not in my experience at least. Maybe it is down to personal preference, but we didn't enjoy them. Again, the chocolate used did not seem up to Bistro's standard. The cheese platter was enjoyed by all, especially seeing as though the other desserts were not really edible... Service:Service was impeccable. I know of a few restaurants that could take a leaf out of their book! Overall we will be back in a few months time when Kerry and her new team have found their feet. Some of the food elements really let them down. We really do wish her and the team the best, but things like the poor quality of the meat in the beef sliders should never happen at a restaurant of their standard. Hopefully my next review will be of a higher rating!
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  • 1682 is a stunning venue but I am consistently underwhelmed by the food, which is over-complicated and too often over or under spiced e.g. breakfast shrooms on rosti was bland while the smoked trout benedict was uncomfortably salty and chorizo meatballs hadn't been within a mile of any chorizo (as was confirmed on enquiry). I return ever hopeful that I will be able to give a rave review next time, and not just about the venue.
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  • Had lunch here on 27 June, just so superb. Great service, fantastic food and wines are outstanding.

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  • Accepts credit cards
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  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
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  • Licensed
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