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Critic's review

Greg Landman

BCG in Constantia is not your usual Bootlegger coffee shop; it features great, café-style dishes created by founder Pieter Bloem in collaboration with Eric Bulpitt of 2017 Top 10 nominee FABER in Paarl, where he will still head up the kitchen. This more casual menu comes after Eric's run of stints at top fine-dining contenders The Restaurant at Newton Johnson in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and The Roundhouse in Camps Bay.

In addition to offering the greatest hits from Bootlegger’s other stores, the ante has been upped at BCG with magnificent steaks, the freshest salads and pizzas from the showpiece oven, which dominates the kitchen with its tiled dome. The salmon trout salad is a generous and delicious offering and a great way to start, or go with the excellent chicken liver parfait with crunchy sourdough toast. The onion tarte tatin would not be out of place in any Parisian bistro, with rich and crunchy pastry holding a delicious sweet baked onion just managing to stay together.

Try inventive sides from the charcoal oven, like super-fresh wood-fired baby marrows, corn on the cob and baked sweet potato with crème fraiche – all irresistible. Various steak cuts and Elgin free-range chicken with peri peri or chimichurri are prepared in the Spanish-made Pira charcoal oven, which gives them that extra oomph so desirable for carnivores.

To round off the meal, the Granny Smith apple fritters with a heavenly rich salted caramel sauce and the doughnuts with cinnamon sugar and vanilla custard are the best comfort puds you may have tasted in many years. Way beyond anything grandma ever made – with respect!

The wine list has been put together by Pieter Bloem and well-known sommelier Higgo Jacobs, and certainly has some treasures from the area and further afield. It wouldn’t be Constantia without some fancy cocktails to take up the slack, and one or two craft beers to help things along. Should you wish to BYO, there’s no corkage fee for the first bottle and thereafter it’s R60 per bottle.

Friendly and knowledgeable service from a good-looking young crew. None of that “I’ll find out” when questioned: they have the answers at their fingertips.

BCG is delightful outside on the terrace, where you can watch the ebb and flow of the upmarket crowd, plus a cosy New-York-style interior and a great bar at which to unwind before and after your feast. It’s just the place to meet for a congenial glass of something after a busy day making money.

Booking is necessary, especially if you’d like a seat on the terrace.

(January 2018)

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User reviews

  • I'm a big fan of the Hanger steak cut of beef that is on the menu here, and I've had it there probably 6 times before - always tasty. Ate there with my wife last night (around 6 PM, so many open tables and not at all busy when we were seated). Much to my disappointment the waitron returned to the table after we ordered to inform us that the kitchen was out of Hanger steaks. Let me emphasize that I stress this point because Hanger steaks are not often served by most steak houses and to cook it right the grille man must know his trade - if not cooked properly it can be tough; but grilled right, it is a flavourful and a different lean alternative to the normally top-priced fillet which I ordered (2X the price of the Hanger steak). I've read that Hanger steak is often called the "butchers cut" because the butcher takes it home as his choice and that's part of the reason that they don't often make it to the consumer plate! Our waitron must of been having an off night, she never checked back with our table to see if things were OK? We'd actually ordered their tasty onion rings as a starter and another server who brought our mains had to be reminded and re-ordered (sadly, they came to the table after we'd finished our mains). Fill-in waitron was very cordial and profusely apologetic, but circumstances seemed such that it should have attracted the attention of a Manager, but none came. As a result of our less than satisfactory dining experience, BCG has likely dropped our list of preferred establishments.
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  • Had one one of the worst dinners in Cape Town ever. The venue is beautiful, but the service is shocking. Ordered a beef fillet and it arrived well done although I wanted it medium rare. They forgot the sauce as well. I send it back. Imagine this - I had to do this 3 time in a row. There not able to prepare a beef fillet. After the 4th time they got it right. I had to eat it with my cold potatoes they did not bother to bring me fresh ones. My friends had finished their meals long time before me. The worst: no one brought me a coffee or asked for a free dessert to apologize. I will def not go back again!
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