I am a sucker for restaurants with great views – give me a majestic mountain or a roaring ocean to marvel at while I eat and I’m as happy as can be. Which is why I am so besotted with SugarBosch Bistro in Stellenbosch. Located on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains in Stellenbosch this laid-back eatery at Webersburg Wine Estate offers some of the best views in the business. The restaurant overlooks the farm’s rather impressive dam and offers views of the mountains and surrounding vineyards from its oh-so-serene outdoor deck. There’s no doubt that it is now one of my most favourite places to eat in Stellebosch because what’s not to love? Great views? Check! Delicious food and wine? Double check! Here’s why you need to add this fabulous spot to your summer to-do list.
From the moment we arrived at SugarBosch Bistro I knew I had found something special. With its delightfully peaceful setting and relaxed vibe, the restaurant is a welcome retreat from busy city life. Of course, the highlight of this spot is the outdoor dining deck. Here a collection of oh-so-pretty wrought iron tables and chairs offer the perfect spot from which to soak up the views and enjoy quality time with family and friends. As you dine you can watch the flock of resident ducks waddle past, listen to birds tweeting in the nearby trees, or simply gaze out at the spectacular mountain and vineyard views – it’s pure heaven!
As for the food, the restaurant has recently re-launched its breakfast and lunch menus so we were lucky enough to sample some of the latest items on offer. Of course, another plus is that with an intimate boutique winery on the premises, guests can pair their dishes with Webersburg’s delightful range of wines or even do a tasting of the various varietals before they order. I never turn down a good wine tasting so before deciding on what we would order for lunch we decided to sip and sample some of Webersburg’s wares. They offer a beautiful collection of wines and my favourite was definitely Webersburg’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon.
We took our time sipping on the wines, because nothing says “take it easy’ quite like a wine tasting with a breathtaking view, but once were finally done quaffing the wines we took a gander at the menu for something to nibble on. The new lunch menu offers a great selection of hearty home-style dishes, each as tempting as the next and I love that the food on offer is simple and not too overly complicated or pretentious. Of course, there’s still plenty of excitement on offer for adventurous eaters – a few of the dishes see unexpected ingredients paired together to create something quite different.
For starters we tried the Cape Malay-style Smoked Snoek Springrolls (served with fresh coriander mayonnaise and a homemade sweet pepper relish – R55) and for mains we decided to try the legendary Webersburg Burger (a 200g Chalmar beef burger served on a freshly baked brioche bun with strong cheddar cheese, and homemade mustard mayonnaise – R95). The beef burger was a treat of note and I was taken aback by the sheer size of it. If you’re going to try this burger when you visit then I suggest you arrive hungry because it’s a mouthful of note. But it’s not just impressive to look at, the burger was mouthwateringly delicious and I loved the combination of the flavourful mature cheddar cheese and the homemade mustard mayo.
If burgers aren’t your thing then try the Citrus & Buchu Crusted Line Fish (served with creamy mashed potatoes, baby marrow & green bean salad – R125) – it sounds divine. Sadly, we didn’t have space for dessert but I loved the sound of the Caramelized Pear and Almond Mille Feuille (R50) and the Petit Four Plate (which offers a selection of handmade sweet delights – R50).
SugarBosch Bistro is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch from 08:00 to 15:00. To book your reservation contact 021 881 3636 or email Webersburg at email@example.com. For more information on exciting specials and upcoming events or to view the menus in full, visit their website here.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.