La Colombe has positioned itself amongst the top restaurants in the world, ranked 76th on the top 100 list by S.Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants and continuously featured in the Top 3 restaurants in South Africa by EatOut. The restaurant is about a 20-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre, located on the beautiful Silvermist Estate in the Constantia Winelands with stunning views of the valley below. Scot Kirton’s award-winning French-Asian Fusion cuisine is not only exquisite but comes with excellent service and stunning surroundings!
It was an interesting drive up to Silvermist estate which sits high above the Constantia Valley. Luckily we had an Ueber driver who knew the restaurant and his way through the windy streets that led to the restaurant which is perched on the side of a mountain in a very quiet residential area where you would not expect a world renowned restaurant, like La Colombe. We started our meal with fresh sourdough bread and garlic butter. Next, we were served our first stunning course – the ‘La Colombe Garden’ (pictures above), served on a wooden planter on top of white pebbles and decorated with eatable flowers, it was almost too beautiful to eat.
Next our friendly waiter Andrew presented us with Tuna ‘La Colombe’ – their famous tuna tin. No wonder everyone raves about this dish on the internet. It is so cleverly done, it comes to the table as a closed tin and once it is opened up it reveals the most beautifully presented tuna dish inside which is not only fun to look at but the flavours are perfectly balanced with a lovely dressing.
The dinner continued with West Coast Oyster, caviar, kalamansi, apple and soy – eating oysters always reminds me of how Ernest Hemingway described them in his book ‘A Moveable Feast’. It was another lovely taste combination with the apple giving it some extra freshness and the caviar and ice granola an extra luxurious element.
My boys chose the Bavette steak, chipotle, anchovy, bone marrow, chimichurri instead which they enjoyed very much as well.
The cured Norwegian salmon, king crab, blood orange, melon and wood sorrel that we were served next was pure perfection too, tastefully presented with a few eatable flower petals.
The miso seared scallop, quail, parsnip, braaided corn, bok choi and teriyaki that followed was a pleasure to eat as well. The scallop was perfectly seared with a flavourful crust and tender inside, melting in the mouth.
As a little palate cleanser, we had refreshing granny smith sorbet ‘lollypops’ presented in a bowl of flowers with steam emerging from underneath.
For the main course my husband chose the linefish of the day which was seabass that day, served with squid, mussel, chorizo, coriander and soubise
My son and I opted for the Lamb Loin, tongue, sweetbreads, asparagus, pea, kohlrabi, smoked garlic veloute. This was another successful dish, with the meat nice and tender, working well with the sweatbreads, vegetables and sauce.
For desserts we chose the Azelia Cremeuz, jerusalem artichocke, grapefruit and hazelnut and the three ages of boerenkaas, onion, rhubarb, walnut and cumin which we shared with each other.
Some petit fours rounded up an excellent evening of culinary perfection combined with excellent service in a beautiful setting and wine pairing that was spot on for each dish. Dining here is a truly special experience with La Colombe being my favourite restaurant experience during our stay in South Africa.
I thought I would add a few images of the restaurant itself which I took upon arrival. The interior design is modern, minimalistic with elegant white tablecloths, wooden floors, white painted ceilings and charcoal beams.
We were seated right next to the window front with views of the lit up trees outside. It was a stormy night with hefty winds and rather nice to be inside looking out from the warmth.
The dining room opening up next to where we sat, featured a lovely fireplace, adding extra warmth and coziness.
I highly recommend making a booking far in advance and to get there by taxi or an Uber as it is a little tricky to find.