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.
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
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
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
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
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!