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Joostenberg Bistro, Events Venue & Deli

6 Reviews
Bistro fare, French, Modern
Phone Number 0218844208 Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 8am to 5pm. Closed on Christmas Day and New years’ Day

Menu

Menu - Joostenberg Bistro Breakfast Menu - updated April 2018 Joostenberg Bistro Lunch Menu - updated April 2018 Joostenberg Bistro Winelist - updated April 2018

Details

Cost
R80 avg main meal
Food
Bistro fare, French, Modern
Corkage
R65
Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals, Views
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Breakfast, Child friendly, Fireplace, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, WiFi

Location and contact

R304, Klein Joostenberg Farm, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Lindsay September

Joostenberg Bistro is a busy family-friendly restaurant at a venue where you could easily spend the entire day. The restaurant is flanked by picnic lawns and the Joostenberg deli, meaning you could easily drive out and spend the entire day here.

Food
Each part of the menu is short and sweet. It doesn’t make choosing easier, though, especially once you see other diners’ food leaving the kitchen. Everything looks spectacular, especially all the dishes featuring the thick-cut homemade farm bread. If you’re there for breakfast, you won’t be disappointed by the simple-sounding yet mouthwatering French toast with fynbos honey and bacon. If you’re in the mood for opulent, try the Frenchman’s breakfast, which comes with an assortment of cheese, charcuterie, a baguette, a croissant and a financier. Else opt simply for a single croissant with homemade jam and butter – a treat in and of itself.

If you’re at Joostenberg for lunch, start with the charcuterie plate. It features pork terrine, chicken liver paté, pork rillette, home-cured coppa and ham, pork pie and brawn. It comes with gherkins and pickled onions, plus the most enjoyable baguette and toast. (The bread at Joostenberg, in any form, is truly not to be missed. You haven’t visited unless you’ve eaten at least a slice of sourdough or munched on a chunk of addictive baguette.) The charcuterie comes plated, not served on a board, which makes it slightly more difficult to share, and is puzzlingly topped with a mountain of lettuce. However, the cold meats are as fresh as can be and make for a fantastic accompaniment to the bread. Beware: this is not a starter for one.
There are a few light meals – which those with smaller appetites should absolutely opt for, or prepare to take home their leftovers – but the mains are where you’ll really want to find yourself. The traditional croque monsieur (to which you can add triple-cooked chips) is huge and drench in cheese. It’s absurdly good, with the perfect amount of complementary mustard. There’s ham, two types of cheese and Joostenberg bread – it’s a clear winner. You could also opt for the omelette with mushroom sauce and Gruyére or the pan-fried line fish with julienne vegetables, steamed baby potatoes and a chenin blanc reduction. The Joosten-burger is another must-try, if only for the fantastic ground beef rump patty. It comes topped with balsamic onion relish that is perhaps a touch too sweet, pickled cucumber, red onions, triple-cooked chips and an aioli you will want to take home with you and drown your every meal in. The pork neck vindaloo, topped with turmeric and cumin potatoes and crispy courgettes, is more than worth ordering – especially on a chilly day – but could use a pinch more salt and slightly more tender pork neck. If you’re a steak lover, there’s also a dry-aged rump steak with triple-cooked chips and a café de Paris butter.

The desserts are classic country-style staples: a (guava) crème brûlée, a baked (granadilla) cheesecake with berry coulis, and a baked apple and vanilla custard tart. The dark chocolate mousse served with créme anglaise, however, is nothing short of fantastic. You’ll go back for spoonful after spoonful till you’re left with no more than a licked-clean bowl and a smile.

Drinks
The wine list is extensive, though just a few are available by the glass. Of course Joostenberg wines feature front and centre, but there’s also a host of others to choose from. There’s also a decent selection of beers and ciders. Soft drinks are available, as is a nice selection of warm drinks and even homemade milkshakes. There’s also a homemade lemonade and a great homemade ginger beer.

Service
Service is friendly and competent enough. You get the impression that some of the staff are a little overwhelmed, but that’s understandable considering the number of guests.

Ambience
This is the spot for anything under the sun. All at once, business associates are having brunch, young adults are on dates, families with small children are enjoying a day out and tourists are comfortably taking it all in. It makes for a very loud result but it’s all convivial, and the big open space makes it seem as if you’re simply spending the day with a very large group of friends you just happen not to have met yet. There’s also a large fireplace, which must make the restaurant nice and toasty in winter.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Super friendly attentive service, beautiful manicured gardens, awesome fireplace, delicious meals and desserts and my new favourite bread in town what more could you really ask for...craft beer perhaps? Just sayin'
    Warm, friendly staff. Excellent food by Christophe Dehosse. Kid friendly. Warm fire in the winter en cool "spritzers" on the stoep in the summer. Just perfect! Joostenberg also produces fantastic Organic wines. The Deli stocks great quality meats and home made goodies. Everything you need in one place!
    My absolute favorite Sunday lunch spot! The pork belly is to die for!! And joostenberg wines are the best secret ever!!
    We were a party of 8 that dined here for a special birthday lunch a few Sundays ago. Gorgeous food served in an unpretentious way. The ultimate lazy Sunday lunch restaurant. DO have the Bouillabaisse and Lemon Pound cake (for dessert) if it's on the menu!
    Joostenberg Bistro is our favourite restaurant in Stellenbosch. Whenever we can get away for lunch or breakfast, we head there. Service is always friendly, food is always delicious and the chickens make me smile every time! Joostenberg also has some impressive (some organic) wines and the deli will sort you out for dinner or tea.

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