The winelands branch

Getaway (South Africa) - - Travel Bites -

For any­one who loves eat­ing out, Cape Town’s nat­u­ral beauty is a dou­ble-edged sword. An im­pres­sive view is of­ten a warn­ing light for av­er­age food, and it’s rare for sweep­ing vis­tas and stel­lar food to meet. This po­si­tions Chefs Ware­house at Beau Con­stan­tia as sum­mer’s most de­sir­able real es­tate. The set­ting is knock­out and there’s se­ri­ous ta­lent in­volved. ‘I al­ways said I’d do more restau­rants once I have the proper peo­ple to put in place,’ says Liam. He’s found his man

‘This is a place where you sit down, look at the view, ap­pre­ci­ate the food in front of you... Just good, down-toearth food with my twist’

in Ivor Jones, pre­vi­ously of The Test Kitchen, now chef-owner at Beau Con­stan­tia. ‘It’s his baby,’ adds Liam, who is play­ing more of a god­fa­ther role as ad­vi­sor and in­vestor. Com­ing from the gritty ur­ban sur­rounds of The Old Bis­cuit Mill, which is the sole rea­son some peo­ple ven­ture to Wood­stock at all, Ivor and his guests now look out over the lush Con­stan­tia sad­dle. ‘What a catch!’ he ex­claims. With an el­e­vated vine­yard block cleared for his veg­etable gar­den, and bay leaf, wild rose­mary and laven­der flour­ish­ing on the prop­erty, farm-to-ta­ble is the guid­ing phi­los­o­phy. Al­ready in­spired months be­fore open­ing, Ivor de­vel­oped laven­der hon­ey­comb for a baked cus­tard dessert with smoked cas­sia bark ice-cream. The Chefs Ware­house oys­ters Viet­namese, le­mon pos­set and risotto of the day en­sure the two restau­rants hang to­gether, leav­ing Ivor to grow and de­velop his menu around those three con­stants. ‘I just want it to be yummy,’ he says. ‘This is a place where you sit down, look at the view, ap­pre­ci­ate the food that’s in front of you... Just good, downto-earth food with my twist.’ Open for lunch and din­ner Tues­day to Satur­day, and Sun­day lunch. No phone at time of go­ing to print, but call the es­tate on 021-794-8632, beau­con­stan­tia.com

ABOVE Chef-owner Ivor Jones and the view at Beau Con­stan­tia. OP­PO­SITE The art­work in Mad Gi­ant Brew­ery is by No­mad; (inset) Ur­banologi’s na­su­den­gaku – mar­i­nated aubergine with smoked bone mar­row.

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