This institution on Cape Town’s fine-dining scene needs almost no introduction. A consistent award-winner, both locally and internationally, the restaurant is situated at the top of a winding road on Silvermist Estate, with expansive views over the Constantia Valley towards the sea in the distance. The food is fine dining at its best, executed with impeccable precision and attention to detail. The experience unfolds as you enter the restaurant, where you are greeted by a display of playful canapés and invited to select one to begin your journey through the menu – it’s like something out of Alice in Wonderland. As you descend into the dining room, the view over the trees and vineyards opens up and you feel as if you’re floating above the treetops.
The chef’s menu commences with bread and charcuterie, with the bread serving admirably as a vehicle for the showy spread – it’s a triumph of technique and flavour. The legendary tuna La Colombe is fresh and delicious, and now prepared tableside, which adds a little theatre to this menu stalwart. It’s served in a stylish can that diners open themselves – a pleasantly whimsical touch. Namibian crab, game fish and nam jim bring together delicate textures in a pastry case, offering complex flavours that are beautifully presented. A quail-and-crayfish roulade is enhanced by vegetables of perfect texture, with the sweetness of corn pairing perfectly with the delicate flavour of the crayfish. Karoo Wagyu is served with a rich artichoke mousse and indulgent local truffles, with the perfectly cooked meat being the standout here. The simply titled cheese-and-honey course more than lives up to its name, with outstanding local produce being honoured with the elements, including baked cheese and raclette, impressively executed. Vegetarian guests needn’t feel neglected; the vegetarian chef’s menus deliver an offering of equal excellence.
The excellent, knowledgeable sommelier is on hand to make personal recommendations from the extensive, well-curated wine list, with wines available for pairing with each dish on the menu, or by the bottle or carafe. There are also non-alcoholic cocktails and drinks available. Service here is enthusiastic and professional.
The service matches the restaurant’s atmosphere: calm, professional, attentive and friendly.
The ambience is what you’d expect here: serene and comfortable but never stiff, with views of the outdoors adding to the experience. The new wine cellar is a beautiful addition to the space, with fine ceramics and glassware completing the package.
I cannot believe La Colombe has been 'discarded' from the Eat Out Top 10! I'm absolutely shocked and appalled! Judges obviously forgot to visit this wonderful slice of Heaven... No need for me to describe any of the meals I have had the pleasure of having there, as I'm sure many of the readers/bloggers have already experienced the same feelings for themselves; if not, then you're missing out! Well done to Luke and The Test Kitchen, great work!
We had the most amazing meal at La Colombe. It was lunch time (they were fully booked for dinner more than a month ago when I made the reservation). Service was outstanding as always. Food was definitely the best I ever had in Cape Town. And it is on par with anything in Europe (3 star Michelin restaurants included). The springbok starter was beautifully presented amazing flavours, nothing could have been done better. Thank you La Colombe for keep your quality and high standards. Any new buyer of the Uitsig farm that even slightly consider to close down this restaurant would have to be mad and really brainless.
What can I say? La Colombe you beaut. A few weeks ago, when planning my girlfriend's birthday lunch I was left with a tricky decision... Where do I take her? Which restaurant in Cape town has elegance, class and leaves you with a feeling that you didn't just eat at a restaurant? But rather that you just experienced something truly majestic. Well La Colombe was clearly the first to pop into my head. I haven't been since Luke Dale-Roberts left so with the exciting anticipation of the unknown I booked a table for the two of us. From the minute we arrived I was in awe of the famous service and attention to detail every patron receives. Our waitress, Rebecca was on top form all afternoon, the manager, Andrew, whom I had never met spoke to us in such a warm manner I felt as though he had known us for years. The Barman, James was kind enough to offer us a tasting of whiskey and made for us literally the best coffee I have ever had. A true barrister. One of the other waiters, Dale, was incredibly charming and knowledgeable about the history of the farm. Just when I thought it couldnt get better, A birthday plate was brought out with happy birthday Kristal written on it in dark chocolate. La Colombe from the bottom of my heart, thank you for creating not only a special day for both me and my girlfriend but also for reviving in me the belief that some restaurants do still get the right things right.
What an exceptional evening! La Colombe presented a real sensory experience for my husband and I. The winter menu was ideal for the season. It warmed up our bodies as well as our souls. I loved every dish that was presented to us. This restaurant was the highlight of my trip to the Western Cape and has created another wonderfull memory for my husband and me. Thank you, La Colombe.
Amazing food! Service! Everything was just incredible. Loved how the waitress describes each item on the menu on a big board in front of your table! Nice touch!