The Constantia winelands, a short drive from Cape Town city central, is bursting with restaurants, but Bistro1682 on Steenberg Estate remains among the finest bistros in the Constantia suburbs.
For one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape Winelands (Cape Town’s wine-growing region), there’s no shortage of young blood at the acclaimed Steenberg Estate.
Winemaker JD Pretorius is barely 30, yet is already one of the most acclaimed winemakers in the country. In 2014 he walked away with the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year Award for his Steenberg Merlot 2012.
Alongside the winery is the estate’s impressive Bistro1682 where another young talent is making her mark in the kitchen. Head chef Kerry Kilpin earned her stripes working alongside chef Franck Dangereux at the acclaimed Food Barn in the nearby seaside suburb of Noordhoek, but has quickly put her unique stamp on the menu at Bistro1682.
“I love Asian influences, so you’ll find many of those flavours on the menu,” says Kilpin, whose Asian Fish Salad, packed with fresh tangy notes of lemongrass, chilli and ginger, is one of the highlights on the bistro-style restaurant’s menu. Other popular dishes include the crispy tempura prawns with a crunchy fennel and apple salad, or the open steak sandwich with chimichurri hollandaise sauce.
Bistro1682 is also one the most popular destinations for weekend breakfasts in the Constantia winelands, with the sun-soaked terrace of Bistro1682 offering wonderful mountain views and superb gourmet breakfast dishes. Their Eggs Benedict is perhaps the best in Cape Town, served with house-cured bacon and a glass of champagne-style sparkling wine from the estate.
Long, relaxed weekend breakfasts — or brunch — are an institution in Cape Town, and the city has its fair share of restaurants offering the finest fare to start the day.
There’s no better way to ease into a Cape Town weekend than with a leisurely breakfast, perhaps with a glass of fine Cape winelands bubbly. Local expert Abigail Donnelly, food critic and editor of the respected restaurant guide Eat Out, shares her four top spots for breakfast in Cape Town.
“I’m a buffet girl when it comes to breakfasts and the breakfast spread at The Table Bay Hotel has the most amazing offering. It’s always been a standout in Cape Town, and has everything from sushi to beautiful salmon, fresh juices, hot breakfasts. It’s really a magnificent breakfast buffet. It’s also a good value offering, and the perfect way to spend a leisurely weekend morning.
I’m also a fan of the Tasha’s chain, I really like them and they’re found all around the country. They do a really good health breakfast with health toast, wilted spinach, poached eggs and crisped-up Parma ham. The branch at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town city centre is very good.
In the city I just love to stop in at Hemelhuijs. Chef Jacques Erasmus does the best Eggs Benedict. They’re also famous for their stunning décor and beautiful fresh juices with raw beetroot and winter melon. It’s a beautiful spot with very good food.
I’m also a huge fan of Jason’s Bakery; I love the energy, I love the style and I love his egg and chorizo tartlets. With a coffee that’s an amazing treat at breakfast! Every Saturday Jason does something different to what he makes in the week: my favourite are his croissants filled with peanut butter ganache, then wrapped in bacon and drizzled with maple syrup. He also does beautiful cronuts with gold dusting. Then there’s the ‘Egg-slut’: it’s a Los Angeles food truck kind of dish that’s about a really good egg and bacon roll. It’s served on a brioche bun with sriracha mayo. It’s unbelievable.”
Its fresh and it has personality. When you think of a bakery, you think of worn out chefs with anger issues that hide away for fear of attacking the customers who are always right with a french loaf, or you think of the South African, Ouma’s pantry that started a small bakery and thought it would be a better place to be than in front of the television, or even a place that smells good, has good produce but it’s a buy and leave relationship, well Jason Bakery has none of that except that it smells like a mixture of heaven and all things heavenly and everything they have on offer is exceptionally awesome.
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There exists the most delightful, gem on the corner of Brunswick and Tamboerskloof road, with intensely epic coffee, fabulous sweet treats, breakfasts and lunches from heaven and the most amazing setting that Cape Town has to offer.
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You want unconventional conventionality in a modern setting with quirky undertones of sarcasm which is in fact the highest form of intelligence, meandering a brilliant capetonian sense of humour in a menu which tantalises tastebuds you did not know you had and couples that with those special delightful wines we don’t find in the normal shops? Well that perfect place exists at no. 3 de Lorentz Street and its name is simply put The Tamboers Winkel.
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