I’m creating another new category for this post. I don’t normally post about a new spot until I’ve been there to review it, but I realise that it could be a while before I get there and sometimes you need to know about it! So I will start telling you about new places I’ve been to but may not have reviewed yet.
This week I went to the launch of the new restaurant on Steenberg estate, Bistro 1682. Those of you familiar with Steenberg will know that it is a top notch estate where every aspect is stylish and classy. I have reviewed the excellent and reputable Catharina’s restaurant before.
Bistro 1682 continues in these high standards, not only through the venue, but through the menu too. The venue consists of a tasting lounge, and restaurant which each boast a large al fresco area with lovely pools and gardens.
Here are some pictures of the restaurant, tasting room and tasting lounge, but bear in mind the pictures do not do the place justice. It is a huge space and decorated in a summery, light style.
We ordered off the menu for lunch which is a great way of finding out what the restaurant food is all about. I find it strange when restaurants have launches and you don’t get to taste the dishes on the menu. I ordered the duck salad starter (we didn’t see the prices). The other diners at the table ordered the crayfish souffle, the asparagus spears and the beetroot salad. We weren’t unhappy with our starters, but the mains stole the show. Well, my main in particular.
I had the beef tataki (pictured below with the charcuterie platter) and it was amazing, everyone who tasted it loved it. The salmon sandwich was a little disappointing, the rib-eye steak with bernaise sauce was pretty good and the charcuterie platter was excellent, showcasing local cured meats.
I did get a look at the breakfast menu, because I will definitely be coming here for breakfast. Apparently they make their own bacon, which already interests me. Bacon and eggs is R52, eggs benedict, R55 and scrambled eggs and salmon R58. I’m told (by the chef) the scrambled eggs are the best in the world.
They are not open in the evening but serve a tapas menu from 5pm to about 7:30pm. It looks very enticing, with hints of authentic Spain. Options like chorizo, baby octopus, gambas, sardines and whitebait are on offer along with the beef tataki, anti pasti plate and several more. Prices range around R40 to R45.
One thing which I was really impressed with was that the wines are available at cellar prices. More estates should do this, it would make them much more appealing. To be able to order a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc for R50, makes dining at Bistro Sixteen82 (which is apparently how it is written) a very reasonably priced experience. More money to spend on the awesome food.
Go and check it out, if you time it right, you’ll see me there!
Steenberg Estate, Tokai
Tel: 021 713 2211