Bistro 13 and why I probably won’t go back

I wasn’t really planning on writing this review as I didn’t take enough pictures to show you, but I decided to go ahead anyway as I can still put into words our experience of Bistro 13. I often find it very hard to take pictures of food when out with a group of people, especially in the evenings when the use of a flash may disturb other diners, and this was the case here; I just couldn’t bring myself to take numerous pictures while everyone else just wanted to enjoy their dinner. Over lunch it is easier to take pictures of food without being too conspicuous or upsetting others, so expect to see more lunchtime reviews than dinner reviews here!

I read about Bistro 13 on a few blogs as well as reading some good very reviews elsewhere (including Tripadvisor), so it was with great anticipation that I booked a table for six people for Saturday night. The chef at Bistro 13, Nic van Wyk, is quite famous in South African food circles from what I can gather, and the menu at Bistro 13 seemed really interesting with a lot of inspired combinations to choose from. Continue reading

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Sansibar at Asara Wine Farm – Review

On yet another lovely summers day we had lunch at Sansibar, which is the bar and more informal restaurant at Asara Wine Farm.  Asara Wine Farm houses a large hotel complex and in addition to the two restaurants and deli also offers wine tastings. Like a lot of Winelands wine farms Asara has some great views and seems very popular with foreign visitors. According to their website Sansibar is open Monday to Sunday from 11:00 to late and when we arrived just after twelve there were already a couple of people on the terrace for lunch.

Service was good, as should be expected from a five-star hotel and award-winning wine estate. We got a table outside on the terrace with views over the mountains and started perusing the menus (not that I haven’t already studied it on the internet of course!). The lunch menu is quite an informal affair, with some what I would refer to as some pretty standard pub classics; burgers, fish & chips, club sandwiches etc. It is a solid enough menu but with little on offer for vegetarians other than a couple of cheese options and nothing at all for vegans.

Sansibar - View
Sansibar – View

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Asta Italian Restaurant – and being a regular!

Last Thursday we had dinner at Asta Italian Restaurant in Stellenbosch. We’ve been going to Felix, Rosa and sons’ restaurants in various guises for many years (from the Al Frascati days!), and Asta in Dorp Street is the latest, and possibly best, version. The restaurant is not that easy to spot unless you know what you’re looking for, and situated in one of Stellenbosch’s lovely old buildings, with a ‘stoep’ where you can dine and watch the world pass by.

Asta Italian Restaurant
Asta Italian Restaurant

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Restaurants to Visit – or ‘Things to Do’ Updated!

We are spending the next few months in and around the Stellenbosch/Cape Town area and will be eating out, going out for drinks, going to markets, music events etc as much as possible. At the moment we go out for lunch and/or dinner 2-3 times per week and I will be reviewing the restaurants we go to; bars and other events are more spur of the moment but I will review these as well. Continue reading