Established in 2009 on the historic Steenberg Estate known to be the oldest farm in the Cape, Bistro Sixteen82 is one of the few restaurants in greater Cape Town open for breakfast, lunch and dinner all week. With pleasing views in a stunning, contemporary setting, the restaurant draws the crowds in. Friends and families linger over breakfast plates of mushrooms on rösti with gorgonzola cream, beef ragout on whole-wheat toast or one of the eggs Benedict, while business meetings happen over breakfast and lunch during the weekdays. Vegetarians and vegans are happily accommodated – just notify the restaurant when you book.
Chef Kerry Kilpin draws heavily on her love for local produce and her time in Thailand, so expect Asian flavours to pop up. Take the tempura prawn starter with red cabbage, noodles with peanuts and miso mayo or the main dish of green-listed line fish with kimchi, pak choi, shimeji mushrooms and an umami cream. The sauces served with the mains demonstrate a deft hand.
Tapas (served only between 5 to 8pm) is a main attraction with plates to share, like the sticky lamb ribs with harissa, beef tataki with chilli, gambas (prawns) with lemongrass tom yum flavours, West Coast mussels and the chorizo with artichokes.
There’s a good dessert selection, from zingy lemon posset to a luxurious bread and butter pudding.
Steenberg’s great range of wines pair well with both the food and the magnificent views, though you’ll find a few from other estates here. Start with any of the sparkling wines (sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir or premium Lady R). Book a tasting of a range of the wines while you’re there.
Waitstaff are friendly and professional with a smart front of house.
Here, you can enjoy a modern space with striking décor elements like the chandelier over the tasting counter, the sculptural wood above the main seating area, and the beauty of the mountain as the backdrop to the pool.
There are tempting off-season specials.
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