The Bistro @ Klein Constantia opened in January this year, offering a gorgeous lunchtime nook for visitors to this historic valley. Stroll past the tasting room and you’re met with a cozy dining area, with floor to ceiling windows lining one wall, and dappled green light filtering through the gnarly old trees outside.
The menu focusses on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Head chef Graham Davies loves combining his inspirations from travels in France and Italy with our rich South African heritage, resulting in hearty, refined and ultimately nostalgic dishes.
We arrived on a moody Saturday with fits of rain briefly broken up by crisp sunlight. The dining room offered the perfect setting to enjoy the day, snug indoors with the odd pool of sunlight flowing over our table.
The menu at The Bistro is incredibly simple, which I found pretty fantastic. I ordered their coal baked beetroot and grilled Pepe buche salad, which offered a delicious blend of earthy, zesty and fresh flavours to complement the soft cheese. The husband went for the smoked ham hock broth, which was packed with flavour and offered all the hearty comfort you’d want on a day like this one.
On the mains side, I had fish coated in a light, crispy crumb, served with this incredible curried mayo and a fresh salsa. Their menu changes frequently and this might not always be available but if you do find it, it comes highly recommended! For meat lovers, the steak was equally fantastic, served in a silky sauce that made our mouthes water with rich, savoury flavours.
Whatever they decide to put on the menu, I am pretty confident that you’ll have a good time. Each element we tasted was perfect, with simple and comforting flair to it.
To round things off we shared a slice of their Chocolate Torte, which should be paired with the famous Vin de Constance dessert wine. The hints of tangerine pick up beautifully in the wine. We were thoroughly charmed with this dessert, which was a perfect sweet treat without being overly rich and heavy. A light texture and vibrant flavours were just the thing to tie the meal together.
All in all I can definitely recommend a visit and now is the perfect time to try them out. They are offering a fantastic winter lunchtime special during the week, where you can get 2 courses with wine for just R220, or 3 courses with wine for just R290! I think their standard prices are really decent too, offering you 2 courses for R300 or 3 courses for R400. That’s a bargain for any winelands destination!
For more information, head over to kleinconstantia.com/the-bistr0