MMMMMM that was really nice lunch Denis, thank you.
We have been to 1682 a few times since they opened their doors in November 2009. The name is derived from the year Steenberg Wine Estate was first established and 1682 is attached to the wine cellars of Steenberg in Constantia and is nestled at the base of the Steenberg Mountains in a beautifully lush valley.
The tasting rooms are stylish, elegant and very professionaly looked after. The huge Murano glass chandelier that hovers over the bar is an absolute work of art and…….I WANT ONE !!!! The tasting terraces are a delight, beautifully set against a backdrop of water features, trees, hills and mountains. It really is worth the trip for the location alone, but we were there for the food.
The menu is small (ish) but adequate and very creative indeed. The Chef Brad Ball has, to my mind, created a very exciting and interesting culinary experience. I had a starter of rabbit rissotto (O.K. sorry to the vegetarians and animal lovers out there). I love rabbit and have done since I was a child. If you look at my blog of a few weeks back when I was wandering down memory lane and staying with some of my siblings in Lincolshire with our Grandparents , you will understand why and how simple country fayre is still high on my culinary agenda. Very rarely does one see rabbit on a menu in any part of the world nowadays. I for one think it is a greatly underrated meat and indeed very versatile.Haber, we digress here (again). My main course was a perfectly grilled panga fish. I had to try this simply because of my “infuriatingly inquisitive manner”….quote from he who shall remain nameless, why so Tony you may ask,and you’re right of course, publish and be damned ..Paul, there I said it !! The fish was accompanied by creme fraiche mousse wrapped in smoked trout (I think) and a spicy tomato salsa, an absolute delight..Thanks Brad to you and your very clever team. We had a lovely lunch with a bottle (or was it two ?)of Graham Beck Chenin Blanc always a favourite of ours on a sunny Cape Town afternoon, whats a girl to do ??
See you on the other side, its time for a little siesta dahlings. x