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Posted on: Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia – a review

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Jonkershuis Restaurant

Jonkershuis Restaurant

I’ve had breakfast at Jonkershuis, I’ve had lunch at Jonkershuis, I’ve had scones and tea at Jonkershuis and finally, on Friday evening, I had dinner at Jonkershuis Restaurant!  We planned ahead and booked a table but on arrival at Groot Constantia we realised this had not been necessary – clearly Sunday morning breakfast is a lot busier (the lawns outside are the perfect place for energetic children where their parents can keep a watchful eye over them while enjoying a delicious breakfast or lunch).

Nevertheless, a few tables were occupied and conversation filled the restaurant.  We were seated slap bang next to the fireplace and we perused the menu after ordering a bottle of red to get the weekend off to a good start …

Although there is the winter special set menu (3 courses for R160 or 2 courses for R140 but not available on a Sunday or public holiday), we ordered from the main menu.  The fillet caught my eye and it was sensational.  I ordered it medium rare and it was presented grilled to perfection.  Served with the tender fillet was a delicious, rich mushroom sauce, fries and steamed greens.  My husband ordered the rolled pork neck stuffed with apple and celery, served on a bed of mash with sautéed green beans on the side … his was good but mine was better!

Jonkershuis Restaurant

Jonkershuis Restaurant

I’m a big dessert fan so I couldn’t help but to order the milk tart with a Rooibos syryp which was sublime – the best of both worlds, a bit of sweet to scratch the pudding itch but also light enough that you don’t feel too guilty! My husband ordered his favourite; creme brulee and it was served in a bigger than normal ramekin – this too was very tasty.  We finished our meal with an espresso and an Americano.

I will admit, the restaurant was quiet but the service was as always, slick and professional.  The hostess and waiting staff are very friendly and ready to offer a hand if you can’t decide which dish to order because they all sound so darn good!

I really enjoy Jonkershuis for whichever meal it is at whatever time of the day.  The views over False Bay are magnificent and I feel Groot Constantia is a very special place – so beautiful and so steeped in history.  How lucky we are to be able to pop into the Estate for a cup of tea and a scone!

Contact Details:
Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia
Telephone: +27 (0)21 794-6255

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Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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