Monday, February 11, 2013

live music luncheons at Simon's Groot Constantia

lunch at Simon's
 This past Saturday I headed out to the burbs (the southern suburbs of Cape Town) for a lunch at Simon's at Groot Constantia wine estate (the oldest wine-producing farm in SA). I have eaten at Jonkerhuis (Groot Constantia's other restaurant) before and am a fan of their red wines, but it was my first time at Simon's Restaurant.

They regularly have live music on Saturday afternoons. This Saturday Gerald Clark (and band) entertained guests from 1pm to 4pm with his awesome country blues.

Gerald Clark and band provided fantastic entertainment for the afternoon

The lunch went as follows: R180 per person includes three courses and the music. The idea is that the food is all about 'sharing' - hand baskets and platters.  

Starters were large platters of bread with various dips and cheeses, such as snoek pate, chicken-liver pate and local cheese from stinky blue to creamy gouda, with gorgeous rosemary garlic olives.

Starter platter
Mains consisted of swordfish skewers, Jack Daniels ribs, curry chicken paninis and sides of chips. These were accompanied by tomato and ricotta tarts with a salad. The ribs were some of the best I have ever had and by this stage I was too full to even attempt pudding, which was some sort of ice cream served with sugar cones.

Jack Daniels ribs
Swordfish kebabs

 We drank a fair amount of the Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (R190 per bottle in the restaurant). It was so delicious, well-suited to the rainy day outside and went down extremely well with the food. 

For more information on the next live music lunch and to book, visit: or contact 021 794 1143.
Twitter: @SimonsRest @GrootConstantia

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