Summer Food & Wine Flights under the oaks at Catharina’s

Summer Food & Wine Flights under the oaks at Catharina’s

Savour the best of summer with new al fresco Food and Wine Flights under shady oaks at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg, one of the jewels of the Constantia Wine Valley, just 30 minutes from the Cape Town city centre.

Available daily from 12pm until 5pm, wine lovers seeking a relaxed afternoon can choose between two savoury options of three Steenberg wines paired with delicious morsels prepared by Catharina’s executive chef, Archie Maclean. If you prefer something sweet, Maclean has created indulgent desserts paired with a flight of three Steenberg wines.

For the savoury pairings at R275 per person the salad of smoked salmon, feta and walnut with orange and cardamom dressing is paired with the crisp Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. The Steenberg Semillon enlivens pan-fried linefish, citrus crème fraîche blini, caviar and lemon butter sauce. Confit duck leg, celeriac and truffle purée, white bean, celeriac and apple salad can be enjoyed with Steenberg Echo Red Blend.

The alternative savoury flight includes quail and bacon boudin, cos lettuce, white anchovy and a caesar dressing with the Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay Méthode Cap Classique Brut. In this flight, the Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc is paired with seared salmon wrapped tuna, pea purée, pear, dill and pea dressing. The Steenberg Nebbiolo is paired with beef tartare, red cabbage slaw and grilled gherkin.

The dessert tasting at R250 per person starts with the Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir Méthode Cap Classique Brut paired with strawberry macaroon, strawberry jelly and macerated strawberries.
Chef Archie’s popular lemon posset, ginger beer ice cream and lemon honey cake is served with Steenberg Sphynx Chardonnay, while the flagship Steenberg Catharina partners chocolate ganache and chocolate mousse, mango and passion fruit purée with violet sabayon. It’s pure summer indulgence.

With these pairings, Chef Archie is living up to his mantra of creating a sensory experience that resonates the spirited life and times of the feisty Catharina Ras, Steenberg’s 17th century founder.

Catharina’s Restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For bookings, call 021 7137178; or send an email to
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