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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Bistro fare, Burgers, French
Payment
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Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
This quintessentially French place has been a Constantia favourite for the last 13 years and you can easily see why. Robust dishes, deliciously cooked without any frills and fancies, include starters like a tian of prawns and avocado. The panko-crumbed medium prawns, flash-fried baby aubergines and avocado mousse come anointed with a sweet red-curry coconut reduction to offset all that richness. Then there are snails, of course, with fresh parsley-and-garlic butter, and the soup du jour, which might be rich butternut or whatever else has taken the chef’s fancy.

If you have an appetite, try the deboned free-range chicken poached in a rooibos-and-orange sauce and flash flamed with a subtle honey glaze. It arrives served on a bed of rich mash loaded with butter – very comforting. The roast roll of pork belly is perfectly done, not too fatty and yet avoiding the trap of being dry. It’s deliciously formidable on a bed of wilted greens, the same mash as the chicken and wholegrain mustard jus.

The dessert of a praline cup filled with a mousse duo – one with Cointreau and the other with chocolate and Kahlúa – is spectacular and you might have to resist the temptation to order another… intense, crunchy and melt-in-the-mouth all at the same time.

Drinks
A good list of wines, featuring some of the Cape’s treasures, not badly priced, with some French imports, including Dom Perignon, if you’re so inclined.

Service
Tentative at first but friendly and helpful. Could do with training. The dishes come out of the kitchen timeously.

Ambience
The interior is about as French as can be without any of the Las Vegas effect some places think that means. The locals love the sun-splashed outside terrace from which you can watch the neighbourhood.

And…
The Merry Monk bar adjacent has its own menu and delights, which include sports TV that’s very popular with local fans.

(September 2016)

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  • Food
    You can’t go wrong with the classics at this charming and good-value French bistro. The caramelised onion soup is naturally sweet, the escargots happily swim in butter and garlic, and the excellent steak au poivre is a tender revelation. Be sure to leave room for the fantastic desserts – the lemon tart and baked cheesecake are recommended.

    Wine
    A very nice and reasonable wine list, though not many by the glass. Cocktails and beer are available from the pleasant attached bar.

    Service
    Extremely friendly, relaxed and competent.

    Ambience
    A charming and unpretentious atmosphere plus gingham tablecloths and art nouveau posters make for a warm and convivial meal. Outdoor seating in a lavender-lined garden patio is also lovely.

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    The fireplaces in both the bar and the restaurant add to the warmth. (LM, September 2010)

User reviews

  • Very good exotic meats - more especially the Springbok.
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  • I wouldn't normally write about a hamburger but, this bacon and avocado burger was that good. Simply excellent - homemade bun, homemade patty, half an avo, two slices of bacon, crispy lettuce. Well done Pastis! Compliments to the chef.
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  • I do not ordinarily do reviews online, but following our dinner at the Pastis Brasserie in Constantia for dinner on Old Year's Eve. The service and entire experience was SHOCKING! Our waiter was not trained at all (not his fault), and together with the Manager's lack of attention to detail, we actually found a restaurant in Cape Town that is so below standard! I cannot believe that Pastis Brasserie has ever had any good ratings. a) The waiter immediately wanted to take our order before we had the opportunity to look at the menu; b) We placed the order for a soft drink, a bottle of wine and a bottle of water, but I had to ask 3 times for the water and after a long wait it was provided c) The red wine (very pricey) was far too chilled – the glasses were not spotlessly clean and I used my serviette to wipe my glass before using it; d) My husbands' oyster starter was placed on the table before him without a single word from the waiter, and after having to wait for over 10 minutes for my prawn starter, I approached the Manager who didn't seem to bothered about my annoyance with the situation. His solution was to assign another waiter to our table; e) The same waiter arrived to deliver our main course which was placed very clumsily before us, less the additional fries we ordered with our meal. We had to wait for another 10 minutes and two prompts before we received a plate of fries that were so unappetising and clearly been fried in old oil; f) The plates that we were served on were old and grubby; g) My starter arrived less the avocado mousse which was simply substituted by rocket – 3 crumbed prawns on a bed of rocket at a price which was absolute daylight robbery. I am a very patient person, but our experience was absolutely awful and I find it shocking that on ONE "date night" with my husband, so many things can go wrong without a trace of care or consideration from the Management or staff of the establishment. We are regular diners and love going to all the amazing restaurants in Cape Town. However, will never return to Pastis Brassiere and I will never recommend the place to anyone. It was an insult being disregarded in a restaurant that we were looking forward to dining at (I was terribly excited about seeing out the old year at a restaurant with a supposedly "French Flair". We did not make a huge scene as I am sure others may have – we were simply trying to see out another lovely year on a good and happy note, but we could not wait to get up and leave.
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  • Food was good. The atmosphere wasn't catered for 20-somethings...more like 50-80s. I had a great glass of wine.
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  • New chef Shaun Verhoog is breathing over-due love and talent into the food at Pastis. It's long been a favourable option, especially in winter with it's couches and fireplace beckoning, but now it's a must. Ice cold craft beers on tap, a decent wine list and attractive daily specials all add to the experience. My husband rated the burger in his top 3 and my sirloin and pepper sauce were exquisite. So happy it's in such capable hands - Pastis really deserves it.
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  • Our family had a fantastic experience at Pastis for Sunday Lunch. Everything from the food, service, setting was flawless. I really enjoyed the Kingclip main course. A highly recommended venue.
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  • Had a great meal last Friday evening. Lots of exciting dishes on the menu. I had the very tasty and unique rooibos chicken dish. Great music and atmosphere. Looking forward to my next meal at Pastis!
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  • We had a fantastic time at Pastis on Sunday night. The place was packed and very festive with the live music. The service was good despite how busy it was. I had a calamari starter which was outstanding and then the beef stroganoff - excellent.
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  • Food excellent. Service chaotic, it seemed no-one was in charge. Nice place but be prepared to wait ...

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  • Pastis is Little Paris in Constantia. Its location gives a lovely feel of eating out in the countryside somewhere in France. Have the true French dishes, pair it with good South African wine and you will have a truly memorable meal. Pastis is nice all year round - inside and outside. Very relaxed and friendly. And it's nice to eat away from hectic crowds and just enjoy good food and nice company.

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  • Good wholesome food, reasonable prices, lovely setting. Friendly staff, loyalty card.

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  • Great setting, great food, great vibe. We love it.

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  • We visited Pastis during September and although the bistro is in a lovely setting the food left a lot to be desired. The soft crab tempura special starter was heavy with thick thick batter, which was greasy, and resembled something more akin to a big fat onion ring from a steak house. Karoo lamb shank, although generous in size, arrived luke warm on the outside and fridge cold by the bone.As our waiter was busy elsewhere, I asked the manager how a dish could be sent out like that and was told that it hadnt been heated up properly YUK. He wasnt particularly apologetic either. By the time it came back, still cool in places,and with the feta cheese melted in puddles of gravy, my husband had long finished and I ate alone. Our waiter now returned and we were asked if we had enjoyed our meal! He was quite embarrassed as we had not been offered any compensation and said he would speak to the manager. He returned and we were offered complimentary desserts on the house. As we were busy perusing the menu,the manager arrived with one dessert of his choice and two spoons! It was all rather embarrassing. It was a good creme brulee, though.
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  • Lovely atmosphere, great service. Not blown away by the food but willing to give them a 2nd try.

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  • The most delicious fresh mussels with frites! Excellent burger too,well done!
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  • The new brasserie is awesome. At last us non-smokers have a winter fireplace too. And the food and service is excellent. Thumbs up.
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  • We have been going to Pastis for years and have always loved the ambience. Their food in years gone by was a bit hit and miss, but on all of our visits over the past year or so it has been excellent. This truly is our dining destination of choice. This evening we tried some of their new specials and I have to say that I have just had my best meal in Cape Town ever. Vive la Pastis.
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  • On a recent first time visit we found a gem of a restaurant. The food was excellent and good value, service friendly and efficient, and the ambience first class. Well done Derek and team!
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  • We had a delightful meal at Pastis on Sunday evening. The restaurant was quite busy and yet we received excellent service and were never neglected. All our meals were very good, and my kingklip was the freshest and tenderest I have had anywhere. Will keep going back.
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  • Had a lovely early lunch at the end of the long weekend. After spending time in Camps Bay and at the V&A over the weekend, the service and ambience at Pastis was so refreshing. Had the steak tartare with frites, although listed as starter, it is enough for a light lunch. Very good indeed! Pleasantly surprised by the reasonable wine prices. Will defnitely be back.
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  • My wife and I had an experience with a young waiter who served us on the veranda at Pastis Brasserie over the weekend. Not only was he disrespectful to my wife, he also showed way too much attitude to me, when I approached him regarding his comment to her.Management were informed, as was the owner, but no apology was offerred by the waiter, Andre, prior to our departure.Should he still be working at this establishment, when we next return, I will feel that, as is happening so frequently in our country, justice has not prevailed, and will make sure not to use his services.
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  • My wife and I went to Pastis last night, seeking some home food. As we are indeed French.We were warmly welcomed by a team of smiling and hospitable staff.The service is really great.The settings and decor of the restaurant are also homely.The food on the other hand is most disappointing if you are expecting authentic French cuisine. I had a gazpacho which tasted like watery tomato soup with some spice.The main meals were also mediocre (the bouillabaisse which I am a big fan of, was a pale attempt).I could not finish the creme brulee, as it was tasteless.
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  • Love the new menu. Quite unique. My husband and his friend were very impressed. I had the seared tuna with wasabi mayo, which is like sushi for those on the Atkins diet. Sheer brilliance. So, I indulged in a zesty lemon tart. All other meals were excellent. Going to be a summer regular. The service was relaxed, friendly and professional. Always a stunning setting.
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  • After trying a host of new eateries in Cape Town we decided to return to our old favourite. Our waitress was great, food arrived promptly and quite honestly was better than anything we’ve had at fine dining establishments in town. Their ‘winter warmers’ are brilliant. The French Dip was delicious, with a hint of mustardy spiciness, the fillet au poivre excellent and the crème brulees could have been from the 5th arondissment. Fine dining at friendly prices. Brilliant. Only sorry we had to leave the cosy fire to go home (at 1AM)…and no one called last rounds. We were made to feel that they would have stayed open until sunrise just for us.
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  • Excellent meal at Pastis on Wednesday night. Had the oxtail casserole, which was perfect on a very cold night, and the choc mousse to finish off. Thumbs up from everyone at our table. Service friendly and prompt. Have eaten here on very busy evenings and have waited up to 30 min for our meals (due to small kitchen – we know, we’ve seen it), but the food is always worth the wait. Staff friendly and accommodating. Always a pleasure to return.
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  • Had an early lunch here on Sunday 7 Dec. I ordered mussels and my partner had the blackened chicken salad. The sauce tasted fine, and although all the mussel shells had opened, there was a funny smell to it. Compliments to the hostess who promptly took it away without question. We were not charged for it. Will defintely be back, but will stick to the ice-cold Stella and burgers instead.
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  • Suggested by a friend as a bit of Europe in Africa. We had evening cocktails on the patio. Absolutely delightful sitting back and gazing at the vineyards. We even had a bottle of wine from those very vines. In vino veritas.Dinner was wonderful (oxtail casserole and baked Provencale fish) and followed by rustic, wholesome and very tasty desserts.Staff attentive and professional. The interior does indeed look like a European brasserie. Very impressed.
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  • I had a steak roll at pastis the other day and was blown away by the presentation, not to mention the flavour combinations. Wine prices a bit too high but I suppose you do sit in the heart of old Constantia, worth every penny.
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  • Went to Pastis the other night for the first time and had an awesome dinner with my wife. We started with the tomato tart and chicken livers, both were enjoyable to say the least. My main coarse was the entrecote, perfe3ctly cooked and well aged, tasty steak. Service was quick and informative. Will be going back soon.
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  • I cuoldnt agree with you guys more, pastis is great for a few glasses of wine with good friends in a relaxed atmosphere with great food. Fillet au poivre is the best in CT.
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  • Had a very good lunch on sunday, my chicken pasta was to die for
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  • GREAT BURGERS, LOVELY COLD STELLA AND FAB VIBE. LOVED IT.
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  • I went to Pastis on Saturday and had the french dip.Im so glad the french dip is back to the way it used to be.I asked who the chef was and they said it was a Mr Brad Ball,in glad Brad is back.I will definetly be going back again!
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  • I popped into Pastis with 3 visitors late last Wednesday for drinks but having espeyed their new menu and feeling a bit peckish by now we were tempted into staying for dinner. We had Springbok Tartare, Classic Bouillabaisse,Cote de Parc and Filet au Poivre. Followed by Creme Brulee, White & dark Chocolate Mousse, South African Dried Fruit Clafoutis and Mixed Berry Sponge Pudding. The service was supberb and well be back.
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  • We took guests to Pastis on Saturday and had a wonderful time. Pre-dinner drinks by a roaring fire. The service was friendly,but professional and efficient. All four of our meals were excellent. The filet au poivre was out of this world. And the chocolate mousse with pastis very unusual.Will definitely be back. Best French food outside of France!
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  • A great turnaround. We have been to Pastis several times and noticed a drop in standard last winter.We deciced to give it another try last week and were blown away. The service was superb.We had the sole meuniere and the bouillabaise, both from the specials board. Out of this world !The tomato tart provencale and chicken livers for starters, and creme brulee for dessert, were also excellent.They have a new menu coming, and if the new specials are anything to go by, I cant wait.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dog-friendly
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  • Fireplace
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  • Licensed
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  • Smoking
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