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Buitenverwachting Restaurant

Buitenverwachting Restaurant
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Cost
R190 avg main meal
Ambience
Business meetings, Special occasions
Food
Bistro fare, Modern
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R60 (free for buitenverwachting wines)

Critic's review

Graham Howe

Food
This landmark for fine dining in the Constantia Valley rests on the reputation of Edgar Osojnik, the Austrian chef at the helm of this classic country kitchen for over two decades. The menus change frequently to showcase the changing textures and flavours of seasonal produce and South African meats, venison and fish.

The menu is divided into the earthy flavours of ‘rustic affairs’ (say, pork belly with all the trimmings) and more complex compositions called ‘indulge’ (say, beef in bone marrow crust with truffle potato). Classic French technique shows in a contemporary spin on old retro standards from Edgar’s Caesar salad to duck liver parfait, DIY steak tartar, mushroom risotto and Wiener schnitzel. Fine attention to detail reaches an art form in the creative pairing and plating of accompanying garnishes, sauces, foams and purees, micro-herbs and fruits exquisitely presented on the plate.

The signature dishes – trusty favourites like springbok in port wine sauce and entrecote in Café de Paris butter – remain, to the delight of the summer swallows who return every season. Vegetarians will find the fabulous Mediterranean antipasti platter big enough for two to share as mains, and enjoy the gourmet treatment of heirloom vegetables and tubers.

Leave room for one of the chef’s inspired desserts – a signature chocolate variation of six exquisite delicacies from fondant and phyllo, kuchen and ice-cream to parfait and mousse.

Drinks
Excellent wine list from the vineyards beyond the terrace, top Cape estates and beyond. The sommelier advises on pairing food and wine by the glass. The wine is served in fine stemware.

Service
Attentive and polished, with good advice on specials and the composition of dishes. Especially attentive waiters brush the crumbs from the crisp white linen.

Ambience
Sophisticated fine dining in a heritage Cape Dutch homestead – relaxed by day, elegant by night. Glass picture windows offer spectacular mountain views of vineyards from the covered terrace.

And…
Try the divine pastries and home-roasted coffees on the epicurean breakfast, lunch and tea menu in the cosy coffee house. The estate no longer serves its legendary picnic lunches – but do visit the brand new wine tasting centre that now fills this space.

(August 2017)

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  • Bernadette le Roux

    Food
    Consistency is the name of the game here, with renowned Austrian-born chef Edgar Osojnik having been at the helm for the past 20 years. There is something for everybody on the food front, from the ‘rustic affairs’ menu to the fine-dining ‘indulge’ page. There are hints of the chef’s heritage, with dishes such as the traditional wiener schnitzel (served with lemon and potatoes any which way), as well as innovative French-inspired fare such as duck foie gras with berry jelly and pan-roasted scallops with a twist (namely kohlrabi-lettuce puree, sweet melon and yuzu foam).

    Stand-out dishes include the springbok two-ways: loin and prune-rolled fillet with port-wine sauce, almond-crème-fraiche potato, baby beets, celeriac and vanilla-confit baby carrot, and the signature Caesar salad with pan-fried Norwegian salmon. Little treats from the kitchen abound, from a welcome amuse bouche to palate cleansers, heavenly breads freshly baked in-house and sweets after dessert. With many newer restaurants popping up in the Constantia Winelands it’s easy for this one to be overlooked, but it deserves some serious attention.

    Drink
    Listed wines are not cheap. A carefully selected variety of excellent wines is a good reflection of estates around the Cape but by-the-glass options are few and far between. Outstanding coffee is roasted on-site at Buitenverwachting.

    Service
    Service is a family affair, with Chef Edgar’s wife at the front of house and their son working the tables from time to time. Patrons are made to feel instantly welcome and at home.

    Ambience
    The mountain-facing covered terrace is where you want to be. Sweeping views across Constantiaberg towards Silvermine and Elephants Eye try hard to distract from the food. Interiors are comfortable with wicker armchairs, reed ceilings and a neutral colour palette.

    And…
    Relaxed, deli-style lunches and informal breakfasts are available at CoffeeBloc in the courtyard next door and the Buitenverwachting picnics have reached almost iconic status (bookings are essential in summer).

    (September 2016)

    Eat Out reviewers dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Click here to read our editorial policy.

    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food
  • Bernadette le Roux

    Food
    Consistency is the name of the game here with renowned Austrian-born chef Edgar Osojnik having been at the helm for the past 20 years. There is something for everybody on the food front from the ‘rustic affairs’ menu to the fine-dining ‘indulge’ page. There are hints of the chef’s heritage with dishes such as the traditional wiener schnitzel served with lemon and potatoes any which way as well as innovative French-inspired fare such as duck foie gras with berry jelly and pan-roasted scallops with a twist (namely kohlrabi-lettuce puree, sweet melon and yuzu foam).

    Stand-out dishes include the springbok two-ways: loin and prune-rolled fillet with port-wine sauce, almond-crème-fraiche potato, baby beets, celeriac and vanilla-confit baby carrot; and the signature Caesar salad with pan-fried Norwegian salmon. Little treats from the kitchen abound from a welcome amuse bouche to palate cleansers, heavenly breads freshly baked in-house and sweets after dessert. With many newer restaurants popping up in the Constantia winelands it’s easy for this one to be overlooked, but it deserves some serious attention.

    Drinks
    Listed wines are not cheap. A carefully selected variety of excellent wines is a good reflection of estates around the Cape but by-the-glass options are few and far between. Outstanding coffee is roasted on-site at Buitenverwachting.

    Service
    Service is a family affair with Chef Edgar’s wife at the front of house and their son working the tables from time to time. Patrons are made to feel instantly welcome and at home.

    Ambience
    The mountain-facing covered terrace is where you want to be. Sweeping views across Constantiaberg towards Silvermine and Elephants Eye try hard to distract from the food. Interiors are comfortable with wicker armchairs, reed ceilings and a neutral colour palette.

    And…
    Relaxed, deli-style lunches and informal breakfasts are available at CoffeeBloc in the courtyard next door and the Buitenverwachting picnics have reached almost iconic status (bookings essential in summer).

    (September 2016)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

     

     

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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