Spring has sprung! The weather may still appear undecided but spring has most certainly arrived in the Cape. With the changing season, chefs around the city, the northern and southern suburbs, and the winelands are stocking up on fresh, seasonal produce and becoming inspired by the Cape’s vibrant colour and fertility. Here are the spring menus and spring specials you can’t miss out on in 2018!
Idiom, Sir Lowry’s Pass
The deal: This season’s 2-course menu is priced at R315 per person and the 3-course is R390.
Wine pairings range from R30 – R90 per course depending on the wine.
A key Italian wine philosophy is that wine should be made to accompany food. At Idiom, the relationship between wine and food is upheld just as ardently as it is in Italy; however, here, head chef Calum Anderson crafts the food to accompany the wine. Although only two years old, there’s nothing naïve or inexperienced about the food or service in the restaurant. Every dish is a symphony of bright, beautiful colours and fresh ingredients.
La Petite Colombe, Franschhoek
The deal: Four-course weekday special for R425 per person
You won’t want to miss out on these!
When: Monday to Sunday – valid till 30 November 2018
Bookings: 021 202 3395 or email@example.com
96 Winery Road Restaurant, Somerset West
The deal: Three-course set spring menu for just R230 per person.
For the best of South African-influenced international cuisine with a rustic backdrop in the heart of wine country, come to 96 Winery Road Restaurant for their unbeatable spring special. Choose your favourites from a mouth-watering set menu selection of signature starters, mains and desserts at just R230 per person. Bookings are advisable and please note that no corkage (BYOB) is available for this special.
When: Monday to Saturday, lunch and dinner, offer ends 30th September 2018
Where: Zandberg Farm, Winery Road, Off the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, Raithby
Bookings: 021 842 2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Grande Provence, Franschhoek
The deal: Grande Country Picnics at R650 for two people sharing, or R325 for a single basket.
Prepared by Executive Chef Guy Bennett, the Grande Country Picnic basket is filled to the brim with delicious, fresh, and seasonally-inspired creations and treats, such as Dalewood camembert and preserves, charcuterie cold cuts, grilled free-range chicken, smoked snoek pâté, estate-made hummus, freshly baked bread, salted butter & olives, a crisp heirloom garden salad, and decadent Rocky Road Valrohna bar. These are all perfectly rounded off with a bottle of Grande Provence wine and can be enjoyed in the estate’s spectacular sculpture garden. Limited baskets are available per day, so book early to avoid disappointment!
When: Available from September 2018 to April 2019
Where: Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Main Rd, Franschhoek
Bookings: 021 876 8600 or email email@example.com (call a day in advance to book your picnic)
The Restaurant @ Glen Carlou
Chef Johan Stander uses the rhythm of the seasons, Glen Carlou’s panoramic views, and the estate’s selection of award-winning wines to inspire a classic menu with a contemporary twist. Like the season, the new spring menu at the Restaurant @ Glen Carlou is vibrant, bursting with colour, delicate in texture and sensational in taste, perfectly complimented by the Glen Carlou wines. View Glen Carlou’s new a la carte spring lunch menu or two or three-course set menu here.
When: Open for lunch seven days a week, from 12h00 to 16h00
Where: The Restaurant @ Glen Carlou wine estate, R45, Paarl
Bookings: 021 875 5528 or use the online booking calendar
Le Coin Français, Franschhoek
The deal: Two-course lunch special including a glass of bubbly for R295 per person
Le coin Français offers up classic French cuisine with a modern, creative twist. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner as well as a locally-themed wine list specially curated to showcase the region’s finest wines. The lunch menu is structured as a two-course dining experience topped off with a glass of bubbly.
When: Available now, Lunch: Thursday to Sunday; Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday
Where: 17 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Bookings: 074 126 0022
Brampton Wine Studio, Stellenbosch
The deal: A bottle of Brampton Sauvignon Blanc plus a charcuterie and cheese platter for only R140.
At this unique urban winery, you can taste and buy Brampton’s award-winning range, nibble on delectable tapas or their famous flat breads, and sip some refreshing in-house beer on tap. Here, urban edginess meets rustic relaxation to create a vibe that stirs ideas and conversation. Now, guests can celebrate the change of season with an amazing Brampton Wine Studio special. For just R140, get a bottle of Brampton Sauvignon Blanc plus a delicious “Singles Board” featuring salami, spiced nuts, brie, emmental, marinated olives, mixed herb flatbread, bread sticks, guacamole, and red pepper hummus dips.
When: Available now, Monday to Saturday (12:00 TO 20:00) and Sunday (12:00 to 18:00).
Where: 11 Church Street, Stellenbosch
Bookings: 021 883 9097
La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek
Celebrate the freshness, vibrancy and colour of the new season with their recently launched Spring Menu.
Head Chef Kyle, Sous Chef Maveer and their talented culinary team have once again expressed their creative freedom with this exciting menu, experimenting with various flavours, ingredients and textures to create an authentic and sumptuous showcase of local spring produce.
CBD & SURROUNDS
The deal: Two courses for R290 | three courses for R395
Owned and run by German chef Harald Bresselschmidt, Aubergine is a sophisticated, romantic restaurant located in a historical home in the Gardens area. The restaurant has been delighting diners since 1996, combining a rich history with contemporary style, innovative food, and classic service. This spring, Aubergine has cooked up a spectacular fresh menu, which diners can enjoy for a bargain of a price (two courses for R290 or three for R395). View the new Spring Bistro Menu here. Dishes will change during the course of the month.
Shimmy Beach Club
The deal: 50% off everything on Tuesdays and half-price sushi, pizza, and dim sum from Wednesday to Friday.
After closing for July, Shimmy Beach Club has opened their doors with an exciting line-up of events and specials on the spring calendar. Localicious (every Tuesday, from 11:00 until 23:00) strikes 50% off the bill for absolutely everything – from wine, beer, and cocktails to snacks, lunch, and dinner. And then Wednesdays to Fridays, guests can enjoy half-price pizza, sushi, or dim sum from 11:00 to 16:00.
Spice on Main, Green Point
The deal: Three course set spring menu (lunch and dinner) for R250 per person.
Established in 2010, the Sugar Hotel and its restaurant, Spice on Main, enjoys a perfect position in the heart of the mother city. Now, they’re launched a fabulous spring special (a three-course set menu) designed to engage both the eye and the palate. At Spice on Main, the freshest ingredients are used to create balanced meals that are rich in colour, texture and flavour. Bookings are recommended!
La Mouette, Sea Point
The deal: 5 delicious courses for R295 per person
This gorgeous restaurant features a series of cosy and intimate indoor rooms, as well as outdoor seating in a regal courtyard, which is almost always full in the warmer months. Their Spring menu includes a variety of delicious dishes, and they have vegan and vegetarian options available, too.
When: Lunch – 12.00pm – 15.30pm; Dinner – 19.00pm – 21.30pm
Where: 78 Regent Road, Sea Point
Bookings: 021 433 0856
Guyall’s Kitchen & Deli
Whoever said “fast food” was unhealthy has surely never heard of Guyall’s Kitchen & Deli. The culinary duo of Chefs Guy and Lyall prepare a weekly menu from fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, and humanely harvested meat products. Meals are packaged, frozen on site, and then delivered straight to customers’ doors for a super convenient, healthy, and absolutely delicious experience. With the changing of the seasons, they’ve added a few new dishes to their menu, including porcini tortellini, brisket and bean bake, and spring berry cheesecake. View the New Spring Menu here.
Groot Phesantekraal Wines and Restaurant
The farm at Groot Phesantekraal has an astonishing 320-year history with some heavyweight South African characters, such as Simon van der Stel and Olof Bergh, having played a key role in its narrative. The recently refurbished restaurant dates back to 1767 and is a popular place for breakfast and lunch, offering a seasonally-inspired menu of rustic, country-style dishes, including pork belly, chicken roulade, kudu loin, and steak, all made with contemporary attention to presentation. Click here to view Groot Phesantekraal’s new spring menu.
When: Available from 11th September 2018
Where: Groot Phesantekraal Farm, Klipheuwel Way (R302), Durbanville
Bookings: 021 825 0060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The deal: Four-course meal including complimentary carafe of wine for R295 (Monday to Saturday) | four-course meal including welcome drink for R375 per person (Sunday evenings).
Award-winning La Colombe Executive Chef Scot Kirton and his right-hand man, Pastry Chef Glen Foxcroft Williams, joined forces to create Foxcroft Restaurant & Bakery. The duo, which always aspires to remain at the knife’s edge of the latest culinary trends, is now offering a Monday to Saturday Spring Lunch Special of four courses (including complimentary carafe of wine) for R295, as well as a Sunday Supper Club: a four-course special for R375 per person, including a complimentary welcome drink of Steenberg bubbly, Blaauwklippen 333 gin & tonic, or Noon Gun IPA.
When: Valid Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays) | valid Sunday evenings until 31st October 2018
Where: Shop 8, High Constantia Centre, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia
Bookings: 021 202 3304 or email@example.com
La Colombe, Constantia
The deal: Eight-course, tapas-style lunch (weekdays only) for R495 per person or R845 with wine. Vegetarian option also available for R455 or R805 with wine.
La Colombe is a Cape Town icon, where one is treated to a truly epic food experience that lasts several hours and is unrelenting in its perfection. With its formidable and far-resounding reputation and having recently re-opened its doors after an extensive revamp, it’s nearly impossible to walk into this restaurant without stratospheric expectations. These are well-met by La Colombe’s incredible Spring Special Menu, which offers guests a whopping eight-course, tapas-style lunch (R495 per person or R845 including wine).
When: Valid until 30th November 2018, weekday lunch only (excluding public holidays)
Where: Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek
Bookings: 021 794 2390 or via their online booking function