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Bouchon Bistro

Bouchon Bistro
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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine
Food
Bistro fare, Modern, Tapas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs

Food

Sister restaurant to La Boheme in Sea Point, this city bowl tapas spot offers hearty flavours in smaller portions. Think rounds of melting camembert encased in golden phyllo pastry, bacon-wrapped pork fillet, or chorizo and chickpeas.

An artichoke and pea risotto is silken and perfectly al dente. The pulled oxtail with gnocchi is a highlight – the meat wonderfully rich and unctuous. The duck with fondant potato, braised red cabbage and miso jus is slightly less successful – good, but not smacking with flavour in the manner of the other dishes.

Dessert is a puzzle. A dish billed as rose-scented cream with meringue comes layered in parfait form, and should be light and sumptuous, but is unfortunately spoiled by dollops of very sweet jam. The hazelnut chocolate truffles are like soft balls of Nutella, solidified and rolled in cocoa and sugar.

The food is not perfect, but it’s tasty and hearty – good kos that will satisfy large groups who come to catch up.

Drinks

The restaurant is set in the Dorrance wine cellar, so it’s no surprise to see the winery’s bottles on offer. There is, however, a very generous menu of other options, too – including some international options only available at Bouchon.

Ambience

The cavernous wine cellar is warm and cosy – especially on busy nights when there’s a lovely buzz in the space. (First Thursdays is a good night to come if you’re after a vibe.) Modern steel and brickwork offsets some old antique pieces, and the rustic paraphernalia of winemaking to create a stylish, handsome space.

Service

Staff are attentive and food comes out at a good pace.

And…

The restaurant is something of a hidden gem – just off Bree Street, down the quiet, one-way Hout Street.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • What a beautiful, little gem of a restaurant! I went to the Bouchon Bistro on Friday 5 January for the first time. Service is friendly and the venue sublime. We had drinks from the gin trolley followed by the prawn gnocchi and mushroom gnocci. Flavourful and generous in portion size for a tapas serving. I'll certainly be back again for the relaxed atmosphere and Instagram worthy interior and of course, to sample the rest of the menu!
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  • Cosy ambience, yummy tapas (except for the Cajun octopus which was a bit to "wild" for my taste). Would definitely recommend the mushroom gnocchi and the beef béarnaise! Looking forward to another visit soon.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • WiFi

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