La Colombe – Mario Arendse

This venue has to be on any self-respecting foodies to-do-list. It’s is truly a remarkable experience, and it did not land at 7th on Trip Advisors top Fine Dining Restaurants in the world by accident.


 Now, some might look at the menu and say that it is quite pricey (R1390pp for the Gourmand menu and R2290 with wine pairing), but when you consider that you’re in the presence of sheer culinary wizardry and about to embark on arguably ten of the most delicious courses you are likely to experience…all it seems is forgiven. The attention to detail is astonishing, and you feel that if you about to blink you will be missing out.


I was lucky to get to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon there, before they closed for winter renovations. I live maybe 10 min away and I can’t even recall how many times I’ve driven past the venue. It’s unassuming quite frankly. The road is narrow and winding as you make your way to the parking, with magnificent views on Constantia and surrounds.


Gourmand Sample Menu


with wine pairing R2290


Sourdough, Spiced Pork Lard, Salsa Verde



Tuna ‘La Colombe’

Vondeling Babiana “White Blend” 2016 (Voor-Paardeberg)



Scarlet Prawn, Kerala Style Sweetbreads, Snoek Dressing, Coriander And Sweet Potato

Oldenburg Viognier 2016 (Stellenbosch)



Korean Style Wagyu Tataki, Dukkah, Romesco, Hoisin

Rijk’s Pinotage Reserve 2014 (Tulbagh)



Seared Scallop, Glazed Sous Vide Pork Belly, Sweetcorn, Spiced Coconut

Kaapzicht “Bush Vine” Cinsault 2017 (Stellenbosch)



Lemongrass, Ginger, Watermelon, Kalamansi




Linefish, Chicken, Mussel, Black Forest Ham, Tarragon Velouté

Paserene Chardonnay 2016 (Elgin)



Lamb Loin, Braised Neck, Tenderstem Broccoli, Turnip, Pickled Red Onion,Smoked Garlic

Nicolas Van Der Merwe ‘Mas Nicolas’ Red Blend 2009 (Stellenbosch)



Boerenkaas, Peach, Foie Gras And Bourbon, Pecan Nut

Blaauwklippen Zinfandel Noble Late Harvest 2013 (Stellenbosch)



Roasted Ivoire Namelaka, Pineapple, Chamomile, Sesame, Honeycomb

Klein Constantia “Vin De Constance” 2014 (Constantia)


Petit Fours



Needless to say it was a lot of food and we were well and truly stuffed at the end, this was a thoroughly memorable experience. A once in a lifetime experience…

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Restaurant Info:

La Colombe Restaurant

Silvermist Wine Estate,

Main Road,

Constantia Nek,

Cape Town,


Tel No: 021 794 2390


 Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen