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Bouchon Bistro

6 Reviews
Bistro fare, Modern, Tapas
Phone Number 0214220695 Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 6pm to 11pm

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Menu

Menu - Menu changes on a weekly basis. below is sample: Bouchon Menu  - Updated July 2019

Details

Cost
R75 - R90
Food
Bistro fare, Modern, Tapas
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R75 - R90
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, WiFi

Location and contact

95 Hout Street, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Annelize Visser

Food
Do not visit Bouchon Bistro with a friend who doesn’t like sharing. The menu at this sophisticated urban hangout located in the cellar of La Dorrance City Winery, is delicious to read, so expect to over-order and spend the evening making like George Calombaris on Australian Masterchef – carefully splitting each dish to make sure both or all of you get to taste all the elements on the plate.

It’s so hard to choose – from among Pea and artichoke risotto with grated Pecorino, Kudu carpaccio with beetroot and date salad, Grilled Tiger prawns with saffron and garlic, and whatever else is fresh in the kitchen in the week you visit.

The food when it is served, however, feels a bit like chef’s night off. The baked Camembert needs more time in the oven, and the bruschetta needs less. The lamb ribs are succulent and tender, but the mustard BBQ sauce is over-sweet. The pan-fried squid is good and the chorizo imparts a lovely smoky flavour, but the spices in the Masala kingklip are raw and pungent.

Only open on weeknights, this wine bar and tapas eatery aims straight at the hearts of urban food lovers. The concept is inspired. The food, however, needs more love.

Drinks
A city winery is a sexy, contemporary idea – no trekking out to the Winelands, however fun that is. As you’d expect from a cellar, the La Dorrance wines offer good value, along with some heavy hitters including some international options you won’t find elsewhere,

Service
Service is friendly and competent, if a bit generic for such a unique venue.

Ambience
Behind a discreet entrance, this is one handsome wine bar, hitting just the right note between authentic cellar and modern elegance. Entering feels like discovering a secret; it seems the ideal backdrop for a foolish romance or a very late afternoon tryst.

Best for… 
A stylish weeknight out.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    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!

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