Occasionally amongst the 300 or so restaurants in the Cape Winelands one finds a gem. A scenic 45-minute drive from Cape Town takes you to Lust Bistro and Bakery, a diamond sparkling in the warm winelands sunshine. At Lust they serve great food, made with fresh, sustainable ingredients, locally sourced where possible, and, rare in the winelands, is affordable.
Managed by local lass Justine and Chef Johan, (with a pedigree including Constantia Uitsig and the River Café) Lust is the ideal venue to enjoy a long, relaxed lunch outside in the shaded garden which seats 80, or enjoy a business breakfast inside the 120-seater restaurant.
The menu has starter and main portions of most dishes and there is a wine suggestion for each dish. A banting friendly option is available where one can replace the starch with a side salad.
But let’s think about it – have a break from banting. There is a bakery and its products are the first things that come to your table – a basket of 4 of their breads: ciabatta, sourdough, rye and whole-wheat. The retail section of the restaurant offers the range of breads, Richard Bosman’s meats and other delicacies. Take home the fig and sunflower pate. You’ll thank me.
Service is calm and efficient, the friendly and professional staff being attentive without intrusive.
They offer a first Sunday of the month lunch buffet at R 200 a head for adults and R 90 for kids under 14. There are daily blackboard specials offering whatever Johan feels is perfect for the day. The regular menu options include 3 salads for those watching waistlines.We had the linefish and the steak salad. Both dishes were superb and details such as long-stem broccoli did not go unnoticed. Dessert included a cheese platter and a Lusty ice cream sundae. Wicked, I tell you, simply wicked!
A short walk over a pebbled walkway takes you to the tasting room where you can spend an hour or three discovering the flavours and aromas of 24 different wines from the estate. Some of the wines are named after the owner’s children, a nice, personal touch. While one of the wines, White Mischief, may conjure up images of Greta Scacchi misbehaving in Kenya, the feeling one gets on the estate is far removed from that in Happy Valley in the 1940s.
Lust Bistro and Bakery offers something for everyone – from romantic meals to family outings.
Try it. See you there.
Monday to Saturday 7.30 to 5.
Sundays & Public Holidays 8 to 4.
Vrede & List Wine Farm
Address: The intersection of the R45 & Simondium-Klapmuts Roads, Simondium / Franschhoek
Phone 021 874 1455/6
GPS Coordinates: 33 degrees 50’14.96″S 18 degrees 57’11.62″E