La Colombe restaurant at the wine estate Constantia Uitsig is highly rated by many in the food industry, it’s nr 12 in the list of top 50 best restaurants in the world, so expectation were high when I arrived at the inconspicuous entrance of the restaurant on a summery day in Cape Town.
Partly inside, partly outside the table view on a courtyard with a fountain in the middle well sheltered from the pounding African sun. Staff are quite relaxed and extremely informed and attentive. The explanation I got of every single dish on the daily menu, took the waitress a good 10 minutes(!), by which most people would nod off, however the knowledge of the ingredients and techniques used to produce all these dishes was quite hypnotizing so I was very happy to let her get on with it.
One of the notable amuse-bouches was some super thin crackling of pork with a honey and chilly dip: nice!
For starters I had scallops and pork belly (175R) although I was also tempted by the crab salad with quail eggs, the tataki and tartare of Springbok or the fricassée of quails and langoustines.
The combination of the scallops & pork belly was a marriage made in heaven, served with smoked parsnip purée and a glaze of langoustines on the pork. The pairing with a Ken Forrester 2008 Chenin made it a top dish. In general wines for a carafe (25cl) goes for between 50 and 100R, in this case it was 250R because they had to open a bottle especially at my request.
Main course with a kingklip (thé Cape Town fish) with a blanched oyster, asparagus heads on a champagne-reduction sauce plus a torteloni filled with lobster. No need to say this with divine!
For dessert I had the beetroot apple tart served with a cylinder inside of which was a beetroot sorbet and on the side a thin wafer of beetroot filled with light apple custard. Some crunchy bits of dark black chocolate on side made this into another wow moment. The pairing with a late harvest dessert wine made it a great end to a memorable meal.
With the end in sight came the ‘petit fours’ and the coffee, which was a selection of home-made turkish delights with rose-water flavour and some very airy and light coconut marshmallows that should be sold separately because they were just too good.
So a top meal at affordable prices with a service and dishes that you will remember for a long time afterwards, Constantia Uitsig should be on every serious foodie list of restaurants to visit in their life time.
Lunch is a great time to go because I just walked in with shorts and its cool and unstuffy, dailies change very regularly so you are tempted to go again of course.
Open 7 days a week
Closed Christmas Night, New Year’s Day and Sunday evenings in the winter months
Tel: + 27 (0) 21 794 2390 Fax: + 27 (0) 21 794 7914