On Saturday the 16th July my partner and I ventured out into the cold winter’s night (and it seems to be a very cold winter for Cape Town this year) and were met with a very warm welcome at Peddlars & Co in Constantia.
Peddlars has a convivial and relaxed atmosphere and there are various options open to you depending on what you want to eat or what kind of experience you want to have. There is:
- The Local: The Constantia Valley’s amiable, vibrant, local pub. Real beer, great food, the place to meet friends.
- The Oak Terrace: Sunny, outdoor setting and casual eating for family and friends.
- Graciales: The emphasis at Graciales is on sociability and the sharing of food. Expect the unexpected!
- Volaré Ristorante: Contemporary Italian cuisine. Warm, relaxed, convivial. Fly with Chef Brad’s tastes, textures and aromas.
We chose to eat at Volaré. And what a superb meal we had. I had the Pork Belly Roast – it was sublime – probably the best pork belly roast that I have had in ages. My partner chose the Kingklip and he described it as being “exquisite”!! This was accompanied by some really delicious winter vegetables (Including some heirloom carrots) – straight from their own vegetable gardens which stretch out behind Peddlars – it couldn’t be fresher and you can really TASTE the flavour of the vegetables.
Our main reason for choosing Peddlars is because they have a wide selection of wines which they offer by the glass. For me it is great to find an establishment that offers wine by the glass, so that the person driving (that being yours truly!!) could choose the wine that I wanted and just have a glass and my partner could have the wine that he wanted – also by the glass, as he also didn’t want a full bottle either!!The wine is served in a carafe – so I think you actually get just a bit more than a glass!! It also means that by choosing the wine by the glass option, that we are not limited to the house plonk but rather had a range of fine wines to choose from – there is a wine to suit any palate.
Peddlars are able to offer such a vast range of wines by the glass because they have a Le Verre Vin system in place – they use the Le Verre de Vin Classic – which means that they are able to preserve their opened bottles of wine and not have to worry about wastage. It is strategically placed at the bar which is the hub of the whole venue. As the manager said to me – it’s simple, they use it because it works – if it didn’t work, they wouldn’t be using it!! He also feels that it eliminates wastage and finds that their wine wastage is minimal.
What was also great to experience, was having a waiter who was knowledgeable about the Le Verre de Vin system. He took us to see where it is mounted – with easy access in the bar. He could explain how it worked and it showed that it is definitely an integral part of how this establishment functions. And Peddlars was busy – it is clearly popular and so they must be doing something right – from my experience by offering great food and offering excellent wine by the glass.
We will definitely go back for more great food and more wine by the glass!
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P.S. A little secret – there is a winter special on at Volaré at Peddlars at the moment (buy two meals and get the cheaper one free – we didn’t know this when we chose to go there – just thought I’d let you know too!