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Discovering delicious Constantia

Known for its historic wine estates and excellent wine, the restaurants of Constantia can often be overlooked. Ranging from bistro casual to fine dining, here are five of our favourites in the valley.

Foxcroft

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A joint venture between two of La Colombe’s chefs, Foxcroft opened towards the end of last year, and has been serving authentic French pastries and tapas-style dishes to happy diners ever since. With two distinct sections – a cafe and take-away bakery, and sit-down restaurant, it is proving popular with those who just want to pop in to grab a loaf of artisan bread and a few pastries on their way home. Sit-down diners can expect a combination of crowd favourites and more inventive dishes – with enough options to please most palates.

Open Door at Constantia Uitsig

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What used to be the River Cafe, has received a beautiful, trendy revamp by the owners of Bocca and Burrata – and, remains a popular spot especially for breakfasts and lunch – the bone marrow Eggs Benedict is a particular favourite. Particularly popular on weekend mornings, thanks to the bike park on the premises, it’s a fantastic spot for a leisurely Saturday brunch when accompanied by the estates MCC. Keep an eye out for dinner specials, especially as we head towards off-season.

Simon’s at Groot Constantia

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Hidden towards the back of the estate, Simon’s is a cavernous restaurant, that still manages to feel cosy, with the addition of roaring fireplaces – a welcome site for any visitor to Cape Town, as we head into rainy season. A wholesome, generous menu is accompanied by a good selection of local wines – you’re sure not to leave hungry. With a neighbouring deli, allowing you to take a few pantry staples home with you, it’s a fantastic, unpretentious choice for a satisfying meal.

La Belle at The Alphen Hotel

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The more informal of the two restaurants on the Alphen’s property, La Belle is mainly al fresco, so bookmark it for a day with a cloud-free sky. A bistro-inspired menu, you can expect delicious burgers, gnocchi and line fish. Stepping inside, you’re greeted by a glass counter filled with an assortment of delicious pastries – from macarons to mini tarts – that can either be enjoyed as dessert, or taken home.

La Colombe at Silvermist

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Nestled at the top of Constantia Nek, neither Constantia nor Hout Bay are ready to relinquish their claim on this fine dining gem – and, we simply couldn’t leave it off our list. Voted the second best restaurant in the country, you can expect fine dining at its most exquisite. Based around a selection of tasting menus, we suggest going all the way and doing the wine-pairing too – and , trust us to get you home safely afterwards!

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Top 5 things include in a trip to Cape Town

Planning a trip to Cape Town can be overwhelming – no matter if you’re a local traveller, or visiting from further abroad. With so many attractions and things to see, it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve put together our 5 top things to include in a trip to Cape Town for you.

Table Mountain

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Whether you choose to explore Cape Town’s icon by cable car or by foot – you can’t visit the city and not visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Set aside some time to spend at the top, taking in the views from every angle and enjoying a bite to eat at the restaurant. The hike can be challenging, if you are contemplating tackling it by foot – so remember to take the necessary precautions and prepare accordingly.

A helicopter trip

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No matter if you’re a Cape Town local or international visitor, seeing the city from the sky is guaranteed to wow you. With flights as short as 15 minutes, all the way up to one hour, it’s easy to fit one in to your schedule, even if you’re pressed for time. Most flights depart from the V & A Waterfront, making it a central option for most visitors. Be sure to book in advance, especially in peak season (November – March).

Cape Peninsula Tour to Cape Point

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The Southern-most tip of Africa, the iconic Cape Point Nature Reserve allows you to do everything from taking scenic hikes, to getting up close and personal with African Penguins at Boulders Beach. A beautiful drive from the city, it’s worth booking out at least half a day in your diary to make the most of this area.  Note that entrance fees for the nature reserve do apply.

A visit to the winelands

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Showcasing more than simply spectacular Cape wine, the three main wine regions around the Cape – Constantia, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are also filled with heritage monuments and rich history of the area. If you’re short on time, Constantia is barely 30 minutes from the city centre – with Franschhoek and Stellenbosch more suited if you have half a day or more to spend. No matter where you choose to go, we guarantee you’ll find a new favourite wine!

A sunset cruise

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The perfect pre-dinner treat, sunset cruises usually leave from the V & A Waterfront. Including a glass of bubbly, watch the sun go down on the Mother City while taking in the views from the water. Perfectly situated to take advantage of the many fine restaurants at the Waterfront, you won’t find a more magical way to send a day in the Cape.

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Graciales has opened at Peddlars & Co

Chef Brad Ball has done it again! Graciales has opened at Peddlars and Co in Constantia.

Yellow chairs, wooden tables and a bright inviting bar are some of the things that create a striking ambience you enter the restaurant.

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On Friday evening we joined friends to see what Brad is cooking up in this new bright, contemporary tapas restaurant.

We had a party of 12 so we had a long table against the wall. A long table is never the most conducive for conversation but once we had enjoyed our first glass of wine we were happy to shout to the other side of the table to let them know what we were ordering!

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We ordered our wine, some cocktails and a bottle of Steenberg Brut Chardonnay – that was the easy part! We then had the difficult decision of deciding what to order from the Tapas menu. How do you choose when all the dishes sound amazing?

We shared the lamb flatbread, miniature pita breads with chickpeas, hummus, tzatziki, & harrisa paste; the famous Beef Tataki, thin slices of beef with the most amazing taste sensation of soya, garlic & chilli, (anyone who knows Brad Ball from Bistro 1682 will know that Beef Tataki was one of the favourites) a platter of sticky ribs & sweet pork belly. All the dishes were fantastic!

 

Pork Belly with Salted Caramel

The manager persuaded us to try the  grilled calamari with chimichurri. This was a different way to serve calamari. Although the calamari was tender the chimicurri was quite overpowering, but judging by the “oohs and aahs’ during the evening everyone loved the food and we managed to empty all the plates.

A couple of glasses of wine later we decided we had to try the dessert platter. Mini lemon meringue pies, the most delicious chocolate truffles (my favourite) and Turkish delight. I’m not a fan of Turkish delight but everyone seemed to love them.

If there is one thing we could fault it would be the service. The manager on duty was very attentive but our waitress was ‘doing a job’ and seemed to look inconvenienced when we ordered another plate of food and the last round of drinks. Restaurants for me are half about the food and half about the ambience and service.   The food was outstanding but I do think the service needs to change to make this a great dining experience.

The restaurant was surprisingly quiet for a Friday evening but I think the word needs to get out that this little gem has just opened. We’ll definitely be back, to try the rest of the tapas menu.

Congratulations Brad Ball another winner in the southern suburbs!

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Photographs courtesy Spill Brand Communication

Looking for an adrenaline rush?

SA Forest Adventures has opened the  Cape Town Zipline at Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia Nek, about 21km from the City Centre.

“It’s an awesome experience to tick off your bucket list while in the Mother City,” says Clinton Lerm, the owner of this venture”

This adventure is definitely not for the faint hearted! The new zipline route is one of the longest on the African continent (approximately 2.3km in total), and with SINGLE cables that stretch up to 500m in length and soar 155m above the ground at their highest point.

“It will make you gasp for air,” claims Clinton, who insists that the Cape Town zipline is the most thrilling of all the SA Forest Adventures tours. “You feel as tiny as a rice grain way up there.”

The course is framed by Table Mountain and looks onto the back of the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles mountain range and down the Constantia Nek valley. Whilst testing your vocal chords you can attempt to appreciate the maginificent views of the ocean, the mountain and the fynbos.

 

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Photograph courtesy : SA Forest Adventures

Some important facts:

  • No children under 8 years will be allowed to participate.
  • No PREGNANT ladies.
  • No heart conditions or physical disability.
  • No person over the 120kg weight limit!
  • An average fitness is required.
  • You should not have a fear of heights!  If the tour starts and you are not able to start the tour, you will unfortunately have to walk a distance to get back to the base.
  • You should not have any heart conditions or physical disability.
  • No skill is required to participate.

The two-hour tour costs R480p/p and bookings for groups of six people or less can be done electronically via the company’s website -www.saforestadventures.co.za

Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9am (first tour departs) – 4pm (last tour departs)

Location Silvermist Estate, Constantia

Follow Rhodes Drive passing Kirstenbosch towards Hout Bay until you reach the Constantia Nek traffic round about. Travel down towards Hout Bay for only 300 metres, on your left you have reached a large white wall, the entrance to Silvermist Estate and home of Cape Town’s most extreme zipline adventure.

Or contact us to arrange your tour and we’ll book your tickets, and collect you from your hotel!

We could even book lunch and a wine tasting on the Constantia wine route! Your nerves might need it!