Celebrating its first decade, this stylish cellar-door bistro in the Constantia Wine Valley tempts with a mix of classics and contemporary fare that offers great value for money.
Chef Kerry Kilpin has a flair for showcasing fresh seasonal produce in exquisite compositions which pop with flavour – a skill learned through working under acclaimed chef Franck Dangereux. A respect for the natural taste and texture of fine local ingredients shows in light seasonal menus inspired by the surrounding landscape of mountain, vineyards and sea. The breakfasts are fabulous, starring signature eggs Benedict, eggs Royale (with smoked trout) or mushroom Benedict – all served with a wickedly rich Hollandaise, plated on light and crisp rosti. An exotic Asian twist threads through the lunch menu from delicious tempura prawns enhanced with pineapple salsa and syrup, beef tataki with truffled corn and chilli, and sesame, ginger and soy sirloin salad. Carnivores with bigger appetites will love the slow-cooked, earthy, smoky flavours of signature dishes like pork belly, braised lamb neck or beef fillet – enhanced with spicy sauces, dressings and salsas. A special vegetarian menu offers a wide range of warm quinoa salad, risotto, tempura vegetables and mushroom and gorgonzola gnocchi. Make sure to leave room for dessert – a concoction of decadently rich tortes, tarts and mousse – starring chef’s fabulous Granny Jill’s Queen’s butter-and-bread pudding.
Enjoy a glass of bubbly at the chic champagne bar – and the estate’s own acclaimed cool-climate wines at table paired with every dish at table by the glass at low mark-ups.
Service Warm and welcoming, with great attention to detail from start to finish.
Casual and relaxed, there’s always a convivial buzz in this contemporary space with a landscaped garden terrace with vineyard views.
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A great conversational rendezvous for friends and family with wonderful food whether you’re there for breakfast, lunch or supper tapas.
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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