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Ilse van der Merwe

With a choice of starters, pizzas, mains and platters, Sansibar caters for the “really hungry” to the “slightly peckish”. Their wood fired oven remains at the centre of their bistro-style menu, serving elongated flatbread-pizzas with generous toppings like cajun spiced with garlic, parmesan, truffle oil & button mushrooms, or parma ham with gorgonzola, caramelized onions and wild rocket. The pizzas a great for sharing, so be sure to order a few different options for feeding a crowd.

Starters consist of bistro classics like caesar or caprese salad, wood fired BBQ chicken wings and a gin-cured salmon salad.

Mains are wood fired, ranging between the Asara beef burger (180 g pattie), free range baby chicken, glazed pork ribs, beef lasagne or yellowfin tuna - to name a few, all served with side salad and/or wood fires potato wedges. Vegetarians have the main course option of aubergine melanzane.

More sharing options include three platters: a cheese selection, salmon trout variation or vineyard selection, served with fresh bread and crackers.

Choose from a limited dessert menu with options like apple tarte tatin, cheesecake mousse and a gin mousse - changing seasonally.

Sansibar prides itself on its adjoining gin bar, offering a massive variety of gins from all over the world including South Africa, Japan, Italy, Australia and Sweden to name a few, ranging in price from R30/25ml for Gordon’s (SA) to R650/25ml for Petit Grain (France). If you’re not into gin, there are plenty of Asara Estate wines, local beers and cocktails on the list too, as well as a vast amount of whiskies, brandies, cognacs and digestives. A generous list of non-alcoholic cold and hot drinks complete the picture.

Service is professional and can be compared to that of a premium hotel - attentive but not “fast-food”. Waiters are well informed and beautifully dressed in smart uniforms.

Asara is a premium distination and the opulent yet contemporary interior decor of the bistro and bar matches the adjoining hotel. Although Sansibar Bistro is a great place to unwind and enjoy something to eat and drink, it is the incredible view of the surrounding mountains, hills, and pond that will take your breath away when seated on the terrace - it’s a paradise for selfies.

Best for...
Best for a lazy weekend lunch with friends, enjoying the beauty of the Winelands in a premium setting. Do pop in at the bakery too for a take-away pastry.


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  • Lynda Ingham-Brown

    This casual eatery is the perfect place to while away a sunny afternoon. The menu is small and casual, with starters including wood-fired barbecue chicken wings, warm beetroot-and-feta salad, a soup of the day, and a traditional Caesar salad.

    If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, mains offer the likes of a juicy beef burger with tomato, gherkin, onions and emmenthal cheese, served with crispy potato wedges; free-range baby chicken with garlic, thyme and lemon olive oil; wood-fired glazed pork ribs; Norwegian salmon; beef lasagne and aromatic Malay-style lamb curry with a flaky roti and traditional sambals.

    Vegetarians might look to the melanzane, served with garden vegetables and a side salad. There’s also a pizza menu, which offers a number of options including a traditional margherita; one with Parma ham, gorgonzola, caramelised onion and rocket; chorizo, jalapeños, bell peppers and feta; Cajun-spiced chicken, garlic, parmesan, truffle oil and mushrooms, as well as a build-your-own option. The pizzas are served in an oblong shape and have perfectly thin, crispy bases.

    There’s a small dessert menu featuring an apple tarte tatin with crème Anglaise and whipped cream; a hot chocolate pot with vanilla ice cream; and baked banana with toasted almonds, meringue, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce.

    Sansibar prides itself on its extensive gin selection (there are over 300 from around the world). There are also other spirits on offer, cocktails, wines from the estate and further afield, and local beers.

    Efficient and knowledgeable, especially regarding the gins.

    The space is casual and relaxed, with stylish indoor and relaxed outdoor seating. Guests can soak up the views over the vineyards and mountains in the distance.

    If you really can’t tear yourself away, book a room in the hotel and stay overnight.

    (July 2017)

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  • Must try their gin cocktails! Great pizza and amazing view.
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