There are many reasons why I am becoming a regular visitor to Simonsig. The elegantly eclectic restaurant being one. The variety of Simonsig Cap Classique* on offer being another. I can go on. And on.
Cuvée is a peacefully elegant space with soft light flooding in through the double volume voile covered windows, allowing for a spectacular view of the surrounding Simonsberg and vineyards. The interior has often been described as a mishmash of old meets new with antique furnishings and Persian rugs perfectly juxtaposed with contemporary design elements, concrete and brick finishes and splashes of colour. A fireplace divides the split level space and further adds to the feeling of comfort and class, evident in everything from the cutlery and thick embroidered linen serviettes to the ease and friendliness of the service.
Chef Lucas Carstens (previously from Terroir and Rubens at the one&only) presents a changing seasonal -and estate grown as far as possible- menu and has a fresh new-style approach to honest Cape-classic fare interspersed with some French flair. Food with a conscience always help me clear mine when I indulge in all it has to offer. As all dishes are served as either a starter or main portion and a suitable Simonsig wine pairing suggested (all available by the glass) it is easy to see why indulging on some level is almost a given. In summer dine Al fresco on the sun dappled veranda or wooden deck. If you are brave, come early and enjoy a wine tasting in the historic adjoining tasting space, rated as one of the best tasting experiences in the winelands by none other than JP Rossouw.
Rossouws Restaurants review: 4/5 , a modern and eclectic eatery with highly creative and rather eccentric décor that makes a real statement.
JP Rossouw – time-bound impressions of one visit, not the official review. From the editors journal: After reading that Cuvée had recently added more “Cape flavours” to its menu, a return meal beckoned. And proved to be most enjoyable. For more on the space itself, see some of my previous posts, but be aware that the menu and quality has steadily improved here as the team seems to be finding its feet and the kitchen cooks with more flavour and less gratuitous flourish as time goes by…
Chris von Ulmenstein (Whalecottage): I almost felt sorry for Cuvée that such an excellent restaurant is so hidden away in the Winelands. It has a dramatic ‘Cape Dutch modernism’ interior, excellent food, and stands for quality in everything that it does, much like its excellent sparkling wines. I will go back, now that I know where it is.
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Simonsig Wine Estate, Kromme-Rhee Road, Koelenhof
Tel: +27 (0)21 888 4932
Fax: +27 (0)21 888 4909
Tue – Thu : 11h00 – 15h00
Wed, Fri and Sat : 11h00 – 15h00 & 19h00 – 22h00
Sun : 11h00 – 14h00
*Cap Classique: Champagne is a wine region in France, and their controlling body, CIVC, objected to the use of the work “Champenoise” by other producers. As a result, Cape producers had to come up with an alternative name and in South Africa, this prestigious wine category became known as Cap Classique.The name was derived from the fact that the classic art of winemaking was introduced to the Cape by the French Huguenots, and the first bottle-fermented sparkling wine produced at the Cape (At Simonsig wine farm!)was called Kaapse Vonkel (Cape Sparkle). Lovers of South African bottle-fermented bubbly can rest assured that all Cap Classique wines are made according to the traditional time-honoured method and the quality promises to be better than ever!
Did you know? Simonsig has a Vineyard Labyrinth unique to Simonsig – the world’s first productive vineyard planted in the shape of a labyrinth in 2003
Did you know? In wine terms, including French Champagne, cuvée refers to the best grape juice selected for producing the finest wine in the cellar.