BBQUES: If you can’t have fun, then this isn’t the place to come

 

BBQUES at Groot Constantia

If you can’t have fun, then this isn’t the place to come,”

A saucy new Southwestern-style restaurant

 While most restaurants at Cape Town wine farms are all about tableclothed refinement and sophistication, Groot Constantia estate’s new Southwestern-style grill, BBQUES, is going against the grain and bringing a spot of down-home relaxed revelry to the Winelands.

“If you can’t have fun, then this isn’t the place to come,” exclaims business partner Rudi Minnaar, summing up his and owner Mike Lumb’s vision for the rustic barnyard-themed eatery.

Intent on offering something truly unique, the two hospitality gurus have converted a large old cellar formerly used for functions into a pastoral pop-up type space – it’s only open on Friday and Saturday evenings – that’s centred on providing grown-up members of the family (no under 18s allowed) with some solid entertainment.

Hence, at the informal open-plan BBQUES, which rests right next door to the farm’s celebrated Simon’s restaurant, upbeat live music is as key as saucy Southwestern grub. More specifically, visitors in for a good time can look forward to tapping their toes to catchy original folk rock tunes strummed by the up-and-coming four-piece Nick Marucci band (rumour has it they’re SA’s very own Mumford & Sons).

As for the fare, the focus of the weekend eatery is on finger-licking good American-style comfort food, with sticky, succulent meat as a main highlight, of course (though, there are salads for the health-conscious too). While the menu will change regularly, anything from ribs, steak and Southern fried chicken to gumbo ya-ya, pulled pork, fish skewers and mussel chowder is on the bill, and each table will be treated to a selection of six different sauces.

Diners can wash the full-flavoured dishes down with a wide array of beers and other booze – there’s a fun spin on the way beverages are served – and can opt to share a long wooden communal table with other like-minded revellers or take a seat at one of several smaller perches (in winter, arguably the biggest fireplace in the Southern Hemisphere turns the space into a cosy, glowing haven).

In essence, though it’s first and foremost a restaurant (visitors can’t just come for a quick dop), the colourful, country-style BBQUES is the spot to stop for good ol’ adult fun and frivolity and a rare taste of no-frills Winelands dining.

 

Payment details: As this will be my last CTDC meetup as organiser (see message/discussion board notice to follow), I am foregoing the usual advance payment but R15.00 will be required at the meetup to cover site costs. You are responsible for you own bill for food and drinks on the evening.

If 16 people do not turn up on the nite the restaurant manager reserves the right to place "strangers" at our table.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much for a lovely evening and special thanks for organising it Lydia. I had particularly great chats with Wiebke, Julene, Jacky, Ian and Henk but felt generally welcome by all for my first Dining Club Outing. Btw I left all you nice people way too early for this stupid party at the Harley Davidson Club only to find out I had the date wrong and it was on Friday already. yikes !!!

    June 30, 2013

  • Wiebke L.

    Restaurant with great atmosphere and live music (a bit too loud for conversation) ...

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Lydia...and even though its the last Meetup Dinner, I'm sure there will be plenty other private ones to follow....Great company tonight...

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Lesley P.

    Didn't receive a reply.....so have made other plans now. Sorry to have missed this one. Enjoy!

    June 29, 2013

  • Henk van der M.

    See u all there :-)

    June 28, 2013

    • Nelia J.

      Ahh Lesley there is your gap

      June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lydia. I'm sorry for canceling so late but I was hoping to feel better but I'm not over my flu yet. I'm really not feeling well and hoping someone on the waiting list can still take my place.

    June 29, 2013

  • Lesley P.

    Hi Lydia,
    As I am next on the waiting list ,is this spot still available? Am still very keen to join everyone

    June 28, 2013

  • Lydia

    One spot has become available - please post or email if you want to come along - first come, first in.

    Condolences Carmen and a safe trip!

    June 28, 2013

  • Carmen B.

    Have to attend a funeral in Oudsthoorn, sorry.

    June 28, 2013

  • Mecheal

    Another time! Enjoy all! ;-)

    June 26, 2013

  • Henk van der M.

    Is there still space for this one?

    June 24, 2013

  • Peter C.

    Your last as organiser!!! Oh no.....

    June 10, 2013

    • Lydia

      Thanks P ;) You wanna take over?

      June 10, 2013

  • Lydia

    Awww, thanks for the kind words, Rose! You lucky Lady ... you are going to be on a fabulous cruise! Enjoy :) xx

    June 10, 2013

  • Rose B.

    aaaaah - missing your last event - thanks so much for all the fabulous organizing that you did and hope you have someone to take over. xxx

    June 10, 2013

  • Lydia

    RSVPS to this event will open 2nd week in June

    May 27, 2013

  • Rose B.

    ah thanks Lydia, I will be boarding our cruise ship on that day..lucky me!

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Lydia. As a brand-new member I would love to attend the Dining Club meeting but it says that RSVPs are already closed and I only got your invitation a minute ago. Can that be right ? BR Susanne

    May 27, 2013

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