Over the holidays, myself and a girlfriend of mine decided to treat ourselves to a stunning girls’ lunch one sunny Friday afternoon. We called up a couple of our favourite spots, only to be disappointed that they were all fully-booked. My friend then suggested Bistro 1682 at Steenberg Vineyards. Considering neither of us had been before, we decided to give them a call and were lucky enough to reserve the last table available for lunch that day … and I’m so delighted that we did!
Named after the year that Steenberg Vineyards was established, Bistro 1682 is what I’d consider the tapas and bistro-style darling of Cape Town’s dining scene. An interactive and innovative space, the bistro sits adjacent to Steenberg’s winery, and spills into its surrounding gardens with a gorgeous terraced dining area that leads to reflective water features.
My friend and I arrived and were seated at our comfortable table out on the terrace. The views of the expansive vineyards and stone mountains from our seats were simply magnificent! It all made for a very relaxed yet sophisticated ambiance. We ordered a bottle of champagne that arrived quickly on ice, and our lovely waitress then talked us through all of the specials of the day.
The bistro’s menu is kept simple, featuring only around twelve or so dishes. On the specials board, they had six different dishes on offer. After much contemplation, with everything sounding so divine, I decided on the fish of the day, which was a seared tuna fillet served on a bed of peas with a soya and wasabi glaze. My girlfriend went for the same dish.
Our food arrived promptly, and was so beautifully presented. It really looked like a work of art! The tuna was cooked to perfection, and the dish overall burst with freshness and was wonderfully flavourful! I enjoyed every mouthful. I must also add that the portion was really big, which left us with no room for dessert. But I’ll certainly be back to try some of the other drool-worthy dishes on their menu, along with a decadent dessert!
All in all, I had a very pleasant experience at Bistro 1682. If you’re looking for a posh spot to enjoy good food and wine, go here! And pop into the cellar next door after your meal to buy a few bottles of wine or bubbly to take home.
Address: Steenberg Hotel, Steenberg Road, Constantia, Cape Town
Phone number: 021 713 2222