Ilse van der Merwe
With a choice of starters, pizzas, mains and platters, Sansibar caters for the “really hungry” to the “slightly peckish”. Their wood fired oven remains at the centre of their bistro-style menu, serving elongated flatbread-pizzas with generous toppings like cajun spiced with garlic, parmesan, truffle oil & button mushrooms, or parma ham with gorgonzola, caramelized onions and wild rocket. The pizzas a great for sharing, so be sure to order a few different options for feeding a crowd.
Starters consist of bistro classics like caesar or caprese salad, wood fired BBQ chicken wings and a gin-cured salmon salad.
Mains are wood fired, ranging between the Asara beef burger (180 g pattie), free range baby chicken, glazed pork ribs, beef lasagne or yellowfin tuna - to name a few, all served with side salad and/or wood fires potato wedges. Vegetarians have the main course option of aubergine melanzane.
More sharing options include three platters: a cheese selection, salmon trout variation or vineyard selection, served with fresh bread and crackers.
Choose from a limited dessert menu with options like apple tarte tatin, cheesecake mousse and a gin mousse - changing seasonally.
Sansibar prides itself on its adjoining gin bar, offering a massive variety of gins from all over the world including South Africa, Japan, Italy, Australia and Sweden to name a few, ranging in price from R30/25ml for Gordon’s (SA) to R650/25ml for Petit Grain (France). If you’re not into gin, there are plenty of Asara Estate wines, local beers and cocktails on the list too, as well as a vast amount of whiskies, brandies, cognacs and digestives. A generous list of non-alcoholic cold and hot drinks complete the picture.
Service is professional and can be compared to that of a premium hotel - attentive but not “fast-food”. Waiters are well informed and beautifully dressed in smart uniforms.
Asara is a premium distination and the opulent yet contemporary interior decor of the bistro and bar matches the adjoining hotel. Although Sansibar Bistro is a great place to unwind and enjoy something to eat and drink, it is the incredible view of the surrounding mountains, hills, and pond that will take your breath away when seated on the terrace - it’s a paradise for selfies.
Best for a lazy weekend lunch with friends, enjoying the beauty of the Winelands in a premium setting. Do pop in at the bakery too for a take-away pastry.
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