eat at chefs warehouse beau constantia

Yesterday we lunched at the brand new Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia Wine Estate and it was every bit as exceptional as I had imagined. Falling under the Liam Tomlin Chefs Warehouse stable of restaurants, the Beau Constantia kitchen is run by Ivor Jones (ex Test Kitchen), and we were all blown away by our meal. Ivor and his team of chefs work in an open plan kitchen that faces directly onto the restaurant floor, and service was seamless and a delight to watch. The menu runs along the same format as The Chefs Warehouse & Canteen where 8 tapas dishes for 2 are served as a set menu. You can add a bread service or oysters to start, and a few incredible desserts, cheese or chocolates to finish. Whilst you don’t get to pick and choose what you will eat, they will take into consideration any dietary requirements.

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

They are also the only restaurant in the group that take reservations, which I’m pleased about, and think essential given the location. I love how this space has been opened up and expanded with elegant, contemporary and comfortable seating both inside and out. Slowly as they build to capacity all areas will be full. At the moment they are focusing on serving inside the restaurant, which is like a glass box with the most beautiful panoramic views of the Constantia Valley.

Ivor Jones, The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The menu will evolve slightly with some dishes being updated but you can always expect 8 plates of utter deliciousness.

Our Menu yesterday was:

Yellowtail Escabeche, pickles and lime labne

Tuna sashimi, black bean salsa, coconut and apple dressing

Coal seared beef tataki, aubergine and Parmesan puree with a cashew nut dukkah

Parsley risotto, red wine reduction, pickled porcini and crème fraiche

Cauliflower and onion soubise, capers and raisins

Pork fillet, roasted apple and crispy copa

Coal seared Blesbok, spicy shitaki mushroom broth and soba noodles

Morrocan lamb rib, homemade ricotta with Hawaji spice

It’s very hard to try to pick a favourite dish as they were all different and delicious, but I loved the tuna with black beans that were like umamai bombs of flavour. The cauliflower was the most loved by everyone at our table. Inspired and layered with texture and complexity.

For dessert I managed to resist my best-ever lemon posset and opted instead for one of Ivors signature desserts – the wild honey and lavender crème with honeycomb and cassia bark ice cream. It was sublime and probably the nicest dessert I can remember eating in a long while. I hope this never goes off the menu.

My friends ate the bon bons (hand-made with various fillings) and delicious cheese board  – with cheeses from Culture Club Cheese, mix seed crackers, bread and BBQ pear with verjuice syrup. I mean!

Our relaxed and celebratory lunch finished off with a stroll through the herb garden and more gaping at the beautiful views as the restaurant team celebrated their first full week of service.

 This is a must visit restaurant for every body living or visiting the city.

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

 

 

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7 Responses to eat at chefs warehouse beau constantia

  1. Barrett December 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Edie of Ortonville, MN USA

  2. Tessa Purdon December 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

    Caro did the menu design 🙂 I can’t wait to go!! That risotto sounds too moreish!!! X

  3. After Orange County December 12, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    Wow, what a beautiful post. The photos make me want to get on a plane to South Africa stat!

  4. patisseriemakesperfect December 14, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    Sam you have captured some amazing photos here – I wish I was that good with a camera, you make it come to life.

    Also – whoever orders their crockery, well done, it is all gorgeous!

  5. Sam December 15, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    Thanks so much Angela thats very kind. Years of practice (6 now) plus I got a new lens which has been a new lease on life. Yeah their crockery is insane. They spent a fortune on it and goes to show the devil is in the details. If you are even in Cape Town, we should go. x

  6. Lise Beyers January 2, 2017 at 10:55 pm #

    Very proud. My son has started his career there.

  7. Sam January 4, 2017 at 9:02 am #

    HI Lise, you must be. He showed me around the garden and we had a big chat when I was there. He certainly is very passionate about the craft.
    best
    Sam

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