Simonsig10447

Cuvée Restaurant

Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance, Contemporary cool
Food
Bistro fare, South African, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Graham Howe

Food
A seasonal country menu is built around the estate’s iconic wines – which are also used to make many sauces like west coast mussels with Chardonnay beurre blanc. Real country fare is inspired by the terroir of Simonsig’s own vegetable, fruit and herb gardens as well as local wineland growers. Try an artisanal boerewors made by a Stellenbosch butcher – served with sparkling wine mustard and soft-dried Boland peaches. The flavours are big and robust, from Asian-style pork neck with braised cabbage and crispy kale, to deboned lamb rib with earthy turnips and farmhouse mash.

The meaty fare is prominent, from the grills to the burgers – smothered in classic béarnaise and peppercorn sauces. But vegetarians are treated to the piquant combinations and fresh country flavours of salads (baby beetroot with whipped goat’s cheese and roasted parsnip with pineapple vinaigrette) or barley risotto with roasted butternut and pan-fried tofu. Make sure you leave space for a traditional country dessert – pecan pie with buttermilk ice-cream or a winelands cheese platter with preserves.
Drinks
A showcase for the Malan family’s acclaimed wines by the glass and bottle – with rare vintages and special releases on offer.

Service
The farm flowers on every table are as fresh and sunny as the warm country hospitality of the farm waiters.

Ambience
This contemporary space is light and airy, with the intimate ambience of a Cape Dutch dining-room filled with heirloom antiques and family porcelain.

And…
Make sure you do a wine tasting before or after lunch – and try a cocktail made from Kaapse Vonkel, the first bottle-fermented sparkling wine made in the Cape.

(September 2016)

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  • Hetta van Deventer Terblanche

    Food
    Chef Lucas Carstens’s food is uncomplicated, but by no means boring, and he knows that by shining the spotlight on the wine through his food, both wine and food are elevated and turned into something even finer. The menu changes seasonally. Expect to find local ingredients and flavours blended with influences from around the globe. Starters may feature dishes such as springbok tartare with mild Cape curry flavours, or utterly delicious calamari with aubergine and miso mayonnaise, or a silky smooth camembert crème brûlée served with pear, walnuts and rocket. On the mains side of things there are quite a few dishes vying for your attention: delectable game loin with an almond crust, parsnips, freshly harvested edamame beans and dark chocolate; vegetarian kale-and-grouts risotto; or slow-roasted beef short rib served with Parmesan gnocchi, turnips and carrot purée. The desserts are so alluring you may be tempted to make the trip just for that. The offering includes a chocolate as well as a feather light lemon mousse, but it’s the upside-down guava cake with fromage blanc sorbet, macaroons and textures of almonds that will have you swooning. Cheese served with homemade preserves (on the Afrikaans menu these are listed as “lekkernye”) is a good alternative if you want to finish your glass of wine.

    Drinks
    Only estate wine is served, but given the excellent quality of Simonsig’s wines, this is no hardship. The menu is created with food and wine in mind and recommendations accompany all dishes.

    Service
    Cuvée showcases the traditional, warm and welcoming spirit South Africans are known for. Staff members are well informed about wine and food and keep an attentive eye on tables.

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    As the name of the estate indicates (“Simonsig” promises a view of the Simonsberg mountain), the restaurant is situated in the beautiful Simonsberg area, outside Stellenbosch. The interior is modern, offset by a quirky mix of nostalgia that includes family heirlooms displayed on the walls or hanging from chandeliers.

    And…
    With a large lawn and a children’s play area, families are welcome. Book a table for special Friday dinners. The 3-course meal (R450, wine included) paired with vintage wine from the family’s private wine collection, celebrates Simonsig’s wine heritage.

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  • Greg Landman

    Food
    As you'd expect from one of the most historic properties in the area, local farm produce is used in their restaurant. This brings a special kind of freshness to all the food that chef Lucas Carstens serves here; food that is interesting, always satisfying, and great to eat. Seafood starters of cured salmon with apple and macadamia crumble, and chilli-salt squid with cucumber and yuzu (an Oriental citrus fruit) make a delicious way to start, and if you feel like something more substantial, try the barley risotto with roast quail.

    The standout main for carnivores is the springbok rump served with a delicious spiced gingerbread sauce and creamed savoy cabbage, while the homemade butternut gnocchi with parsnip velouté will make vegetarians swoon. The other main to mention is the seafood linguine, darkly sauced with squid ink over prawns, mussels, and squid, splashed with creamy bisque. If you can resist the peanut butter parfait with caramelised banana and dulce de leche or the crème brûlée – one of the best in this neck of the woods – you are strong indeed.

    Drinks 
    Only wines from this famous estate are served here, but as the home of the first South African MCC, Kaapse Vonkel, and a vast range of prize-winning wines, you will definitely find something to please. Their straw wine and Noble Late Harvest Vin de Liza are among the finest in our country.

    Service
    Relaxed and professional, with good knowledge of the food.

    Ambience
    The room, designed by famed decorator Neil Stemmet, has a delightfully quirky edge with plenty of dark wood, plush carpets, an antique or two, and a couple of fabulous crystal chandeliers to add glitz to any evening. You will feel special before you have even one bite to eat.

    And...
    The menu changes seasonally, especially after their major revamp of July 2014.

    (August 2014)

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    Seasonal country fare is inspired by fresh farm produce from Simonsig’s own vegetable, fruit and herb gardens and the Winelands. Locavores will enjoy exploring the taste and textures of local food of origin on a menu which identifies the source of many ingredients from Eersterivier trout to Jonkershoek mushrooms. The robust flavours of slow-roasted pork belly, Kalahari springbok and Hantam lamb are enhanced with traditional Cape fruit glazes and purees using an orchard of apples, pears, peaches, berries and mango. Every dish is paired with one of the estate’s iconic wines - which also go into many of the sauces.

    Wine
    Own wines only on a showcase for the estate’s acclaimed wines - with rare vintages on offer.Service Country hospitality from farm workers with freshly picked flowers on every table.

    Service
    Country hospitality from waiters with freshly picked flowers on every table.

    Ambience
    This light and modern dining-room and terrace has the intimate ambience of a Cape Dutch voorkamer from the old antiques to the family porcelain.

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    The menu changes according to what is seasonal. (GH, September 2010)
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User reviews

  • 8 May 2015 Vintage Friday Dinner was one of the BEST experience for us and our 2 German and 2 Swiss friends. We as Stellenbosch residents visit the restuarant regulary BUT the food and service became better every time we visit - the set menu with two choices per 3 courses was very exiting and we could not wait to get our meals from the kitchen!! We were amazed about the beautiful and VERY tasty complex flavoured dishes - enough food on the plate at each course to be too much for us ladies to eat all - but the men was very happy to clean our plates also!!! The wine service and the food service as well as the ambience with the fire and the lovely music just make the evening something to remember. Thank you for the very talentful chef and his team - we appreciate your inspiration to create this food . Dirk - manager of restuarant and your team - thank you for the excellent dining experience , you all made us proud to be South African - Manda and Christo
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  • We have been coming to Cuvee now for a number of years, usually with overseas visitors and we have never been disappointed. The price/ value ratio is just right, the service is friendly and professional and the food outstanding. We started with the seafood paella and trout Carpaccio and had the Springbok rump (recommended buy our waitress) and the mushroom ravioli. The meat was cooked to perfection and the ravioli was full of flavour. Looking forward to our next visit.
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  • Thank you Anmarie and Paulina for a lovely lunch. We ate our way through the menu and chose the recommended wine with each course. What a fantastic experience. The food was cooked to perfection and the wines matched perfectly. We have been there before and will certainly be back soon. On a personal note, I'd like to recommend the cheese platter - the best I had in a long time.
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  • We enjoyed our lunch at Cuvée tremendously. Manager must be commended on her professionalism and hospitality, staff attentive, but not intrusive, food beautifully presented and tastes finely balanced with traditional and fusion elements. We really felt special. Highly recommended.

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  • Great lunch last weekend. The manager very attentive. Great tasting notes on bubbly and enjoyed a bottle of Cuvee Royale.

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Specials

Vintage Fridays

Join Cuvée every Friday evening for either a two- or three-course dinner, prepared by Chef Stephanie de Wet. Each course is paired with special vintage wines from the cellar vaults to make for an exceptional food and wine marriage.

Booking is essential. To reserve your table, contact cuvee@simonsig.co.za or 021 888 4932.

December Special

Cuvee Burger with a glass of Chenin Blanc or Cab/Shiraz @ R100

First Fizz

Join us every first Thursday of the month from 5.30pm as we celebrate Cap Classique with live music, gourmet burgers, vetkoek, boerewors, cheese platters, Kaapse Vonkel and much more.

Entrance is free, and R20 gets you a wine glass. Remember to bring picnic chairs and blankets!

 

Valid from - 12/01/2016 - 01/31/2017

Facilities

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

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