The menu is made up of simple, hearty dishes, intended to be shared as tapas. Risotto is a no-brainer – soft-cooked rice with flecks of mushroom and hints of tarragon and roasted garlic – as is the prawn and potato gnocchi, served with a satisfyingly creamy tomato and basil bisque.
Mussels, served in a simple white wine, cream and garlic sauce are equally enjoyable, complete with grilled bread to mop up the remaining sauce. Roasted and cheese-stuffed jalapeños seemed slightly out of place and weren’t as good as the rest of the dishes, but still made a tasty snack.
While the main menu – consisting of small plates all intended for sharing – is long, the dessert list offers just four options, the winner being a perfect crème brûlée with a crispy sugar topping and creamy custard base.
For a wine bar, the wines are relatively standard local names, which isn’t a criticism. It’s comforting to be able to pick a reasonably priced wine you know you like. You’ll find most of the Constantia wine route names here, as well as some bigger-ticket brands like Vergelegen, Newton Johnson and Crystallum. There’s also a great list of local beers, and spirits, with a very well-curated gin offering in particular.
Service is relaxed but efficient. Staff are unobtrusive but make you feel welcome and cared for.
As an urban winery, you’re very much in the cellar, which is novel. The general atmosphere is laid-back, a place to settle in for a cosy dinner.
A casual date night.
Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here.
What a beautiful, little gem of a restaurant!
I went to the Bouchon Bistro on Friday 5 January for the first time. Service is friendly and the venue sublime. We had drinks from the gin trolley followed by the prawn gnocchi and mushroom gnocci. Flavourful and generous in portion size for a tapas serving.
I'll certainly be back again for the relaxed atmosphere and Instagram worthy interior and of course, to sample the rest of the menu!
Cosy ambience, yummy tapas (except for the Cajun octopus which was a bit to "wild" for my taste). Would definitely recommend the mushroom gnocchi and the beef béarnaise! Looking forward to another visit soon.
Hands down, the best gnocchi I've had! Fantastic choice of tapas dishes, and really quite reasonable.
Celebrated a birthday at the cellar table, between wine tanks and barrels, which lovely and different. Our waitress recommended a few of the lighter tapas for the table to start, which included the caprese salad; duck sporing rolls; salt and pepper calamari; beef cubes with béarnaise sauce and beef tataki. Main menu consists of only 2 dishes - beef fillet served with a mushroom risotto and a fish dish; while some guests opted for a main meal, others ordered more of the tapas dishes. Both main meal and tapas portions are well-sized; and, having just seen a picture of their honey and fennel roasted pork belly, I will back to try that!
Wonderful ambience, delicious food, interesting wines and good service - what more could you want?! Several interesting tapas dishes and a few main courses, all beautifully prepared. And a bonus to have the charming owner on the floor to show diners around the winery and tasting room section, on what was a very busy First Thursday night. My favourite new city restaurant!