Friday, September 11, 2020

Lunch at Steenberg on a lovely spring day

It was the most beautiful spring day on Tuesday, we even saw temperatures as high as 26ยบ while in the car.  So what to do next? Well, a visit to Steenberg wine estate. They have a really good wine selection and also a very good Bistro restaurant. So we went and were given a very friendly welcome from Dunbar and a table on the terrace under an umbrella. It is always surprising how the weather can change so quickly from Winter to Spring

The fantastic mobile of glass grapes which hangs over the tasting centre

With weather like this, we wanted to sit on the terrace

They are carefully spaced apart and have lots of umbrellas for shade

The dishes of the day

We had only just sat down and were studying our menus and wine list when the manager arrived with two glasses of Steenberg MCC, a gift from Marketing Manager Heather Poulos who had spotted us arriving, masked and all!  She later came to say hello. Now we really felt welcome

Yes Lynne does wear latex gloves when out as she is very allergic to hand sanitisers. She does sanitise the gloves regularly

Lovely bread, oil, balsamic vinegar and olives appeared while we were deciding what to eat and drink

The menu is brief but perfectly formed and changes often, as seasonal food does. You can find it online

John had a huge open steak sandwich (medium rare as ordered) topped with a mound of crisp onion rings, Chimichurri Hollandaise, tender greens and sundried tomato pesto, and it comes with crisp chips. Definitely a place to chill out with great food

They allowed Lynne to have a starter doubled up as a main course, which was heavenly. She has been missing calamari very much during lock down and this was Cape Malay curried baby calamari perfectly cooked in a spiced tempura batter, crunchy crisp outside and meltingly tender inside.  It comes with a lovely umami soy glaze, sesame seeds and an avocado mousse.  And her two portions were in crisp filo pastry cups. Executive Chef, Kerry Kilpin is all about flavour

Lunch cost R400 with service

A great place to relax and chill at while enjoying lovely food

The wine cellar which is viewable from the entrance

We drove back the pretty way, through Constantia and over the neck, through Hout Bay which was deep in sea mist. The warm weather and the cold sea make lots of mist this time of the year which rolls in. And when we got onto the Atlantic coast it was out there at sea.  John got a good photo of it coming in at the end of Camps Bay and Clifton but when we got there it had dispersed

More days out are planned and we are off to Jordan for lunch on Saturday to use up one of our vouchers, at their prompting, but it didn't take much!  We love Chef George Jardine's food and are so happy they are now open

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