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The restaurant’s glass doors stack up to open up the minimal bistro space to a vine covered patio overlooking a pretty pond with the passing traffic on the Stellenbosch arterial winking in the background. A large lawn area to one side provides ample space for kids to run around, or parents to lay around as the day gets longer.

Being the new playground of Chef Nic van Wyk (ex Terroir, Diemersdal and of Kokkerdoor fame), the food at Bistro 13 is of the highest standard without compromising the bistro style with regards to serving size or a high price point (the prices are, in fact, excellent!). Here you will find comforting, classic cooking full on flavour finished with an unmistakable Nic van Wyk touch, which easily sets it apart from its competition. As can be expected, produce is fresh, supports local communities and is only of the highest standards available. 

As a further nod towards the pride of produce available, Bistro 13 offers a 10 course ’Naked’ menu, which as you can probably guess, has each course celebrating the essence of an ingredient, simple and true. View the latest ‘naked’ menu on their website.

The service at Bistro 13 is super friendly and attentive, staff seem knowledgeable and the lady who runs the front of house is Nic’s partner, Roxy Laker .

As for the wine list, I am happy to say that although the selection is relatively small, it is well representative of the area’s terroir with the focus on the Stellenbosch Vineyard’s producers; Welmoed, Arniston Bay and Credo, all available at encouraging prices as well as loads of by the glass options. 

At Bistro 13 the drawcard might not be rolling vineyards and dramatic mountain views, rather it is this venue’s stylish unpretentiousness, great food and friendliness that has you coming back for more.

The menu changes every so often, meaning you certainly have every excuse.

Hours:
Breakfast: Tuesday – Sunday 08h00-10h30
Lunch: Tuesday – Sunday 12h00-15h00
Dinner: Wednesday – Saturday 18h30- 22h00

Welmoed Estate, R310 Baden Powell, Stellenbosch | tel: 021 881 3044 | reservations@bistro13.co.za l  www.bistro13.co.za

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