Can you believe that Klein Constantia is one of the oldest farms in the Southern Hemisphere and up until now, did not have a restaurant? Yup, wine tasting only! Well, fans of this not so “klein” (small) estate will be happy to find out that they have extended their tasting room to open a fully operational Bistro called The Bistro @ Klein Constantia.
This is the wine tasting room and if you are looking this way, the bistro, along with a very cool gift shop I might add will be directly behind you.
The Bistro is perfect for both winter and summer months as there is a cosy inside area as well as a sensational outdoor area.
The Bistro @ Klein Constantia Menu:
The Bistro is only open for lunch at this stage, focusing on fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients headed up by cordon bleu chef, Graham Davies. I just had to try some dishes, especially when I heard that there was Duck and natural sweet wine on the cards!
The menu changes often, in keeping with the ‘farm to table & head to toe’ philosophy, and another favourite is the platter of local cheeses, perfectly matched with the highly awarded Vin de Constance natural sweet wine, for which you will need to add R40 but it is so worth it!
At The Bistro @ Klein Constantia, the intention is to offer a unique wine and food experience, showcasing both
the incredible fresh produce and rich culinary history of South Africa, with Graham finding his inspiration in the attention to detail and strong artisanal culture of Europe. ‘The secret is to focus on locally sourced ingredients and allow them to speak for themselves,’ he says.
More about Chef Graham Davies:
Graham Davies grew up in East London but his passion for food brought him to Cape Town, where he studied
at the Silwood School of Cookery. He graduated with an internationally recognised Grande Diplome in 2010, having completed an internship at La Colombe while it was still headed up by renowned chef Luke Dale-Roberts, under whose guidance he continued to work. Looking to gain international experience, and to explore his passion for French and Italian cuisine in particular, Graham then travelled overseas, working as a private chef on boats and in private villas. Upon his return to South Africa, he continued to be a private chef, and his excellent reputation eventually secured him the position of head chef at the Klein Constantia Manor House.
More about The Bistro @ Klein Constantia:
Lunch is served from Tuesday to Sunday between 12 noon and 2.30pm, with the kitchen closing at 3.00pm.
They offer either a two- or three-course menu option, with cheeseboards available thereafter until 4.00pm. This menu is seasonal and subject to change. Wine, water and cordial are the only cold beverages served, and corkage is not permitted. A discretionary 12% gratuity is added to the bill.
The venue is regrettably not suitable for children under the age of 12. For reservations, please book via Dine Plan at www.kleinconstantia.com/the-bistro/. For special enquiries please call +27 (0) 21 794 5188 between 9.00am and 11.00am Monday to Friday. For private function queries (up to 12 guests only) kindly send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly note that the prices are as follows: 2 Course (starter & main) R300; Veg R220. 3 course (starter, main & dessert) R400; Veg R310.
*Photos for this blog post were taken and supplied by @JaredinCPT and Klein Constantia.