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La Colombe

6 Reviews
Asian, Fine-dining food, French, Modern, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0217942390 Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 12.30pm to 2pm and 6.30pm to 9pm

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Menu

Menu - La Colombe - Regular Menu - Updated August 2018 La Colombe - Vegatarian Menu - Updated August 2018

Details

Cost
set menu reduced R990 (with wine pairing R1740) and gourmand menu R1390 (with wine pairing R2290)
Food
Asian, Fine-dining food, French, Modern, Vegetarian
Corkage
No BYO (1 bottle per 4 guests)
Cost
set menu reduced R990 (with wine pairing R1740) and gourmand menu R1390 (with wine pairing R2290)
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Fireplace, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Vegetarian, WiFi

Location and contact

Silvermist Wine Estate Main Road Constantia Nek, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Lynda Ingham-Brown

Food
La Colombe’s reputation for sophisticated fine dining and beautiful foliage-inspired presentation is well-deserved. Set high above the Constantia wine valley, its lofty location adds to the feeling that you’re about to experience something special. The
eight-course menu (with an optional wine pairing at an additional cost) is a reflection of executive chef James Gaag’s interpretations of local flavours presented in a refined, sometimes quirky, manner.

The journey begins on arrival, when you’re invited to help yourself to a surprise canapé – on this occasion an incredibly thin white chocolate egg filled with a burst of citrusy calamansi juice. The first snack course may comprise a mini lamb roti; springbok, mushroom and chicken liver parfait encased in wafer-thin pastry; and marlin tataki served on a grilled lime half (gently squeeze the lime to release some of its juice before eating the tataki!), presented on a stand decorated to resemble a garden.

The next course is a real star. Wagyu drippings, bone marrow and oxtail jus are delivered to the table in an orb that, when opened, releases a puff of smoke, revealing the Wagyu drippings and oxtail jus. A butter is prepared tableside, incorporating flavours of smoked paprika and dukkah spices, and poured into the orb. Pull-apart sweet-potato bread is served
with it for dunking. You’ll wish there was more.

The signature La Colombe tuna is up next, served in a tin can. Crack it open to reveal fresh tuna, avocado and Asian flavours. The mussel, passion fruit and curry course is equally intriguing and comprises a Cape Malay-style mussel curry served in a hollowed and charred passion fruit shell that you’re invited to cut open using a beautiful pair of small scissors. The subtle curry flavours are beautifully offset by the acidity of the remaining passion fruit inside the shell.

Next up is Kerala-style quail with langoustine and coriander slangetjies, a clever take on sev, the traditional fried Indian snack made using chickpea flour. The main courses of Malay-style linefish and petit poussin with sweetbreads and truffle bring you up to dessert, which may be Bahibe chocolate with blood orange and smoked almond – the richness of the chocolate beautifully offset by the citrus.

And just when you think it’s all over, you’re invited to make a selection from the ‘cheese chest’, a small wooden box containing individually wax-wrapped cheeses served with crackers and preserves. Then it’s time for petits-fours, including a salted caramel and cashew acorn presented dangling from a small tree, accompanied by a speckled egg and rooibos macaron disguised amongst the foliage of the arrangement.

Drinks
Sommelier Joseph Dhafana presides over an excellent wine list, including red, white and MCC by the glass. There are also spirits on offer, as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

Service
Impeccable; the staff do not miss a beat but are never intimidating or intrusive. Just the right note of friendliness and professionalism.

Ambience
A stylish, light and airy space with views of the vineyards, reflecting the restaurant’s foliage and garden-inspired themes. Crisp linen, earthy wood and well-considered crockery and cutlery make for an elegant experience.

Best for…
A special occasion.

(October 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    New menu launched a couple of weeks ago and it is beyond incredible. Every dish is creative, playful and inventive but at the end of the day it all comes down to taste and that is definitely the case here. The restaurant is beautiful and the service is friendly and not intimidating as it could often be at fine dining restaurants. If I had Michelin stars I would give it to La Calombe.
    Winter menu fabulous and amazing value at only R495pp. A real spoiler and treat for that special occasion. It's been a long time since my last visit when at Uitsig and this is just sooo much better! Get there and you won't be disappointed even on the poor SA Rond.
    When you pay around R2000.00 per person for a meal, you expect excellence, something close to perfection. Sadly, La Colombe did not come close to this when we visited in Mid-September. Sure, the food was good, but it needed to be more than that. It needed to be memorable and none of the dishes really were. In fact, the most memorable morsel of the entire procession of dishes was a sweetbread so saltly that is was inedible. Whilst the wines accompanying the meal were certainly top class, you would expect a bit more generosity. R100 seems a lot to pay for a half-glass of just about any South African wine. The final nail in the coffin was the service. At one point, a member of staff missed the bowl into which she was attempting to pour my soup and distributed it over my trousers instead. I was fine with this - mistakes happen. What was not acceptable was the reaction 'oh, at least your napkin was there'. What made matters even worse was that I had to clean up the mess on the table myself. It is possible that we went to La Colombe on a bad night. It is possible that they are struggling to handle the pressure of expectation that comes with success. It is possible that their success has made them arrogant. Whatever the reason, if you are looking to have a blowout meal, I would suggest another option in Constantia.
    We decided to treat ourselves to the Winter Special menu (2017). And it was worth every cent and more. Food: I had the vegetarian while my mother had the standard menu. There are no words for me to describe the taste of the food, apart from the fact that I'm still daydreaming about the 'corn la colombe' and the 'cauliflower risotto'. Each dish was lovingly presented, with an experience attached to it. For example, one of the first starters is served on a tile, and when you have finished eating, it reveals a secret message. Service: The serving staff were lovely and attentive, but in the same breath they gave you your space. Ambience: The view was nice, but it is definitely not the main attraction. Side note: Getting up to the restaurant from the bottom of Silver Mist is a bit of a mission on winding roads - I am very glad I wasn't driving in my little car.
    Once upon a time there was a broke student who loved amazing food. The god's where favorable and La Colombe had a winter special. Even those of us who are relatively poor could collect our R5 coins and have a magical dining experience. La Colombe prides itself in celebrating the theatre of food and with the addition of the enchanted forest provided nothing less.

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