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Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia

9 Reviews
Modern, Tapas
Phone Number 0217948632 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon to 2.30pm

Dinner: Monday to Saturday 5.30pm to 8.30pm

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Menu

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Details

Cost
avg main meal R200
Food
Modern, Tapas
Corkage
R80 (only 1 bottle allowed per table)
Cost
avg main meal R200
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Views
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Dinner, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Reservations recommended, Serves food, WiFi

Location and contact

Beau Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Seth Shezi

Food
As with all Liam Tomlin restaurants, Beau Constantia serves an inspired tapas-style menu, but the dishes have head chef Ivor Jones’ unmistakable signature on them.

Besides the fixed eight-course tapas menu served in three iterations, guests are urged to try the bread board, fresh oysters and the desserts – all worth the additional charge. From the onset, chef Ivor launches with a punch. Dishes like the chargrilled tuna with smoked corn, brown butter dressing, queso fresco, a sweetcorn tuile and a touch of miso finished off with popcorn dust will explain why the couple sitting next to you at lunch have opted to each do the Tapas-For-Two for one.

You’d be forgiven for thinking the dishes have peaked too soon, but then more glory continues to come. Next up is a skillet of Swiss chard risotto with an unctuous curry leaf beurre noisette and salty chunks of ash-rolled goat’s cheese. I’d be remiss not to mention the roasted pork belly with prawn shumai – a type of traditional Cantonese dumpling – BBQ cashew nut purée and Chinese master stock dressing. It’s surf and turf like you’ve never seen it before.

Don’t leave without ordering the wild lavender creme dessert served with crunchy honeycomb and cassia bark ice cream. It’s a glorious way to end a sensational meal.

Drinks
The wine list is well-considered, but if you haven’t done a Beau Constantia wine tasting, you may as well ask your waiter to pair each iteration of dishes with a complementing wine.

Service
Efficient and professional service delivered with a laidback sense of ease. It’s refreshing in a world where waiters can seem too frightened or stiff.

Ambience
Impressive, both in summer when patrons can enjoy the outdoor terrace seating area and also in winter, when you can cosy up near the crackling fire because one as you look out at the staggeringly beautiful view of the Constantia Valley below.

Best for…
Convivial group gatherings.

(October 2019)

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User reviews

9 Reviews
    Being a constant customer at Chefswarehouse beau Constantia... other than many competitors the team does not only constantly improves performance and innovation... it firstly sets clients and customers first and does not celebrate itself like all Luke Dale Roberts people... this is real commitment and high caliber performance that goes far beyond the selfish egomaniacal attitude of many others .... in Europe and in case that would mean anything this team would achieve 3 Michelin stars straight away
    It was our third visit in about 18 months. I want to start by asking a serious question: who in SA makes better food than this establishment? No, really. Please tell me. As someone who's first impressions of a place lingers long after the moment has passed, all I can say is that the security guards at the gate of this establishment seem to be unaware of people coming for dinner. We stood outside the gate for quite some time before the guard mosied out of his post to come open the boom. Our booking was for 7:30pm, so I find it strange that they were so reluctant to open the gate. Also, the same happened on our way out. The security wouldnt let the Uber in to fetch us, and we had to walk down the cobble road (in my nice heels, nogal) to the gate. Other than this, the experience was flawless. From arrival at the restaurant until we left. Service was friendly, efficient and food came out at a steady pace and was explained to the table properly. The food was, once again, exceptional. Flavours were balanced and complex and every mouthful was a taste sensation. Only the pork dumpling with confit egg yolk seemed a bit out of place in the third course. That said, it was an incredible dish. As per our tradition, we had the lavender creme brulee with smoked cassia ice cream, which is categorically the best dessert I've ever had. The ambiance was festive and bubbly. The evening was chilly but inside it was cosy. We had a large booking at a table by the side of the venue, so we not only had a little privacy, we also had breath taking views. This venue will keep getting my vote for the best SA has to offer. There is no dramatic fanfare, just incredibly delicious food and superior service. 10/10 again.
    100% worth it. Stand out experience. I am still dreaming about the amazing delicious food.
    Great food and ambience. Probably the best service in CT too.
    Great location, food and wine. However the profile says that they accept Amex and Diners, which is not true. We had people in are group who's cards were declined...
    The food was excellent, the ambience was lovely and the service was on par. Well worth the money spent. An awesome first fine dining experience.
    The most delicious food we have ever tasted - a true taste sensation. Our lunch was on a cold, rainy day and the welcome of the fire place was just perfect. Cannot wait to go back!
    I am a constant foodie and lover of all the Chef's Warehouses in Cape Town, with #Chef_Liam_Tomlin at the helm. My experience at CW BC has always been amazing and regretfully I remain disappointed by Saturday's meal. Chef Ivor, unfortunately, you missed the mark on the majority of the dishes, leaving us underwhelmed and cheated out of pocket (the incredible view of the vineyards and the pretty plating cannot compensate for the lack of flavors)...My critique as follows: The oyster garnish overpowered the taste of the actual shellfish. The Vietnamese rice paper roll had no business being on that plate - I can make a more authentic one - and a tastier one too. There was nothing exciting about it, or fresh about it - it lacked herbs and crunch and was just some cucumber and vermicelli wrapped up with a satay/peanut dipping sauce to inspire it - the kimchi stole the stage (and starred on another dish again later....?) The tempura mushrooms were soggy, and the addition of the fried rice paper did not compensate for that particular lack of tempura texture and lightness. I remember the sauce was delightful. The tuna and kale dish was good - and something I expected from you. The baba ganoush had subtle smokey flavours - yum! The ceviche bored me and was overpowered by the red peppers - I'd had loved a fresher lightness to it. The risotto was a dish of the day, but as with other CW's, tends to hit the palate at a colder temperature (not warmed up enough). I suggest you inform dinners to eat this dish first. The polenta substitute for the lamb dish was a brave attempt and had some success - it lacked a sauce I think (the lamb dish failed to amaze the carnivores at our table too) I was told the pork belly was good. The hake tacos were highly praised and very delicious - extra lime was needed and requested. As always the cassis creme dessert and coffee were stellar. Maison 1 Beau Constantia 0 Thali is booked for this weekend.

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