There are so many picturesque lunch venues in the Western Cape. It isn’t always easy to choose one. We tend to enjoy places which combine wine, food, views and scenic settings. This time around we chose a place a little closer to home. Nestled in the historic Groot Constantia Wine Estate is the charming Jonkershuis Restaurant. Surrounded by oak trees and vineyards, the eatery has a varied menu and varied eating locations including the covered courtyard surrounded by green lawn, cosy fire side tables as well as the private dining area. All of which are child friendly and pet friendly as long as your pets are on leads. Access right around Jonkershuis was a little limited because they’re was a wedding in full swing. Nevertheless, walking around was a beautiful treat.
We decided unexpectedly that afternoon that we would go to Jonkershuis for lunch. We rocked up without a booking and were helped. We’re always so appreciative of restaurants willing to help us with a seating on the rare occassion when we haven’t made a booking. The covered courtyard was full so we happily took a fire side table (no fire – it’s still summer). The inside area has barn styled doors which provides you with a direct line of sight of the vineyards and the False Bay area as well as a fresh breath of air. We started off our lunch disagreeing about which wine to get. In the end, we each went our separate ways and ordered red and white wine. I went for Cabernet Sauvignon while he went for Chardonnay. Happy with our choices, we figured instead of starters and mains we would do mains and dessert. Always better to end off your meal with something sweet.
We like to play games and as such we have developed a tendency to guess what the other is going to have based on the menu options. I have a tendency to go Italian. My better half seafood. As true as the sky is blue, I ordered the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with squashed and blistered tomatoes, cream, spinach and parmesan. One of my all time favourites. He ordered the Soda Battered Hake fillet with steakhouse fries and the house tartare sauce. Aaaah happiness 🙂 There’s a saying we always use. The saying in Afrikaans is “magies vol, ogies toe” which roughly translates to stomachs full, eyes closed. In the common tongue, it refers to feeling tired after eating a substantial meal which is always a good sign after you’ve been to a restaurant.
After mains, we received the menu once again and decided that we would rather share a dessert. Jonkershuis has 4 desserts. Each of them sounds amazing. We had to choose between their cheesecake (always a favourite of ours), a cinnamon milktart, a traditional malva pudding and lastly their chocolate nemesis. Naturally, we went with the G.F. Chocolate nemesis. It just sounds so decadent. The G.F. Chocolate Nemesis is a chocolate and espresso soil served with vanilla pod ice cream. One word to describe this dessert – yummy. It was rich, dense and decadently chocolate. If you’re ever in need of a chocolate boost, this dessert is exactly what you need. Feeling slightly overwhelmed and in need of a little water and fresh air, we took a walk around the pathway and admired the beauty that is Groot Constantia.
With the wedding’s string quartet playing fantastically in the background, we stood by the white boundary wall and overlooked the cascading vineyards. What a majestic setting. No wonder there was a wedding in full swing. Wine, food and breathtaking views; Jonkershuis is the perfect place to grab a relaxed meal with your loved one, family members or friends in a historically scenic setting. We’ll definitely be back in winter for some Pinotage and a hearty meal while the warmth and crackling of the fire heats the cockles of our hearts.
Jonkershuis Restaurant Groot Constantia Wine Estate: