Celebrating its first decade, this stylish cellar-door bistro in the Constantia Wine Valley tempts with a mix of classics and contemporary fare that offers great value for money.
Chef Kerry Kilpin has a flair for showcasing fresh seasonal produce in exquisite compositions which pop with flavour – a skill learned through working under acclaimed chef Franck Dangereux. A respect for the natural taste and texture of fine local ingredients shows in light seasonal menus inspired by the surrounding landscape of mountain, vineyards and sea. The breakfasts are fabulous, starring signature eggs Benedict, eggs Royale (with smoked trout) or mushroom Benedict – all served with a wickedly rich Hollandaise, plated on light and crisp rosti. An exotic Asian twist threads through the lunch menu from delicious tempura prawns enhanced with pineapple salsa and syrup, beef tataki with truffled corn and chilli, and sesame, ginger and soy sirloin salad. Carnivores with bigger appetites will love the slow-cooked, earthy, smoky flavours of signature dishes like pork belly, braised lamb neck or beef fillet – enhanced with spicy sauces, dressings and salsas. A special vegetarian menu offers a wide range of warm quinoa salad, risotto, tempura vegetables and mushroom and gorgonzola gnocchi. Make sure to leave room for dessert – a concoction of decadently rich tortes, tarts and mousse – starring chef’s fabulous Granny Jill’s Queen’s butter-and-bread pudding.
Enjoy a glass of bubbly at the chic champagne bar – and the estate’s own acclaimed cool-climate wines at table paired with every dish at table by the glass at low mark-ups.
Service Warm and welcoming, with great attention to detail from start to finish.
Ambience Casual and relaxed, there’s always a convivial buzz in this contemporary space with a landscaped garden terrace with vineyard views.
Best for … A great conversational rendezvous for friends and family with wonderful food whether you’re there for breakfast, lunch or supper tapas.
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The packed restaurant on a Monday testament to the deliciousness we experienced at Bistro Sixteen82. There is the option of a la carte or 'tapas for 2' - there were 8 of us, and we all opted for the tapas for 2. Such a great and easy way to eat - the meal was broken up into 3 courses with dishes ranging from tasty fish tacos to cheesy croquettes and beefs potsticker with polenta chips. The meal, with wine (which is quite spendy), water & tip came to R375 per head.
I just looove this place! Our favorite breakfast spot in Cape Town. The food, ambiance, tranquility, everything :) Always worth the visit when we’re in the Western Cape :)
Such a beautiful spot for my birthday lunch. Wines superb, menu varied - beautifully prepared dishes with fab flavour profiles. Stunning service and atmosphere
For lunch out with visiting family, we opted for Bistro Sixteen82 as it has long been one of my favourites. The food is still excellent, but service from our waiter was a bit lacklustre. I had the Roast Pork Belly which was beautifully prepared and paired with a glass of semillon. My sister had the Risotto which she said was amazing. The Bread and Butter Pudding was the perfect end to the meal.
We have always loved Bistro1682 and the setting will always get it 5 stars, however our experience last weekend was definately not one to remember. We couldn't help wondering if all staff were tired or whether the kitchen can't maintain it's quality levels anymore.
There were 4 of us and we ordered 3 starters between us; Steak Tartare, Patagonian Calamari and Panko Crusted Cheese Fritter, all were good, but not special.
The problems arrived with the main courses - i wanted the risotto, which has been delicious and a bit of a staple for me when all else fails - however on this occasion I was horrified to discover that It was pre made with Truffle Oil included. I do not believe that a kitchen with the reputation of Bistrot 1682 should be unable to make a risotto without something as "divisive" as truffle oil, when asked. I ended up with a starter portion of scotch eggs, which were not very well made.
The other mains ordered were the beef fillet, sustainable fish of the day and the pork belly - the fillet was not cooked as requested and the other 2 dishes were just ok.
I hope this was just a bad day in the kitchen and not a reflection of this beautiful restaurant dropping its game.