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