Nestled in the fertile Constantia Valley lies a 300-year old wine estate, Groot Constantia and on it, Simon’s Restaurant, where we celebrate the riches of the Cape winelands by transforming the freshest ingredients into memorable meals. Revel in the Cape Town summer by dining al fresco on our terrace with panoramic views of the Groot Constantia vineyards. Savour the wines of the valley or enjoy our wide selection of craft beers. As the weather turns, join us inside where we like to light a giant fire on chilly days. Less than 20 minutes from Cape Town city centre. Less than 15 minutes from Hout Bay and only 12 minutes from Newlands, Simon’s is the perfect winelands dining experience.
I dined with a group of friends last week and can safely say that I will never return!
I ordered the tuna Niçoise salad. Luckily I ordered the dressing on the side because it came with honey mustard dressing. It was not ideal for this salad and was not a tuna Niçoise dressing. I asked our waitress for lemon and olive oil instead. When I eventually got my lemon juice it was from a bottle.
Our waitress did not seem to think this was an issue!
My friends all felt that their meals were very average and the quality of ingredients not great! Our waitress was terrible and made no effort to engage with our table. She added bacon to my friend's meal which was an addition at an extra cost and when questioned she said it came with bacon.
I did not want to create a scene as we were with people so I did not speak to the manager. I just wanted to leave and never return.
I cannot believe the reviews below. I am a regular guest at Simon's and I love everything about it. The food is consistently splendid (the Pork Belly is simply to die for), they make the best Creme Brulee in town (and that's coming from a full on Creme Brulee snob), the setting is top class and the service is fab!
We ordered 5 meals, not one was satisfactory, service was slow. I agree with Michelle, food was over-cooked and over-salted, not a good experience!
Tired and shoddy, the food was over-done, over-salted, and poorly presented. While our server was friendly, the whole place had a feeling of grubby neglect.
I have to start off by saying that I'm not a food critic, or a writer for that matter. But after reading the last review of Simon's posted by Pierre I felt inclined to add my 2 cents worth... We have eaten at Simon's on numerous occasions over the last few months after having stayed away for a long while and I feel that the new menu, food, direction and energy that this establishment has taken on is outstanding. I have very little bad to say regarding anything that I have experienced at the NEW Simon's. I am always greeted with warm smiles and then treated to great food. While I know that every business has off days I also know that it is entirely unfair to jump on your soap box and insult a place that many people love because of one below par experience, or due to delusions of blogging granduer. My family and I will continue to visit Simon's despite the rantings of one self important blow hard and I suggest that anyone reading these reviews take my advice as someone who knows the place a little better than some one hit wonder!! SANS CLASS PIERRE....
The primary purpose for eating in a restaurant surely should be the food. Restaurateurs presumably aspire for excellence in the kitchen and then complement this with décor, ambiance, position etc. to enhance the dining experience. Take Simons for instance. Exquisite setting nestled in the bosom of Groot Constantia right there in the shadow of Constantia Berg. The slick set-up with great décor must have cost a fortune. So far, Michelin material. Or so we thought. How wrong we were. We made a booking, arrived to be told no booking existed, but, as the restaurant was empty, we were granted a table. Sat down, couldn’t read the menu as the lights were way to dim. Had to ask for extra candles (really), and discovered a French inspired menu with some serious grammar errors on it (if a restaurant attempts half of the menu in French, they should perhaps send it to Alliance Française for checking). Whichever way, we ordered, and then the fun started. The tuna served with the niçoise salad was positively off. The Kingklip Orleans was so-so and a very small portion for the price, the fillet steak was uninspiring and the veggies seriously ordinary. The insult of the day was however the complimentary profiteroles offered with coffee. Stale, sans (“without” if their management reads this) filling of any type or taste, and I pity the poor suckers who actually paid for them. Simons is, in my view, sans culinary acumen, sans management, overpriced and should be avoided till such time that they drop the pretences, do Uncle Simon justice and start serving decent food.