I have reviewed Bizerca Bistro before (http://jamiewhatshisname.blogspot.com/2009/06/bizerca-bistro-my-new-favourite.html) but after taking So-So there for dinner recently, and again being blown away with my meal, I felt compelled to write about it again...
We kicked things off with a bottle of Tamboerskloof Shiraz and began working our way through the menu. Bizerca offers a combination of signature dishes from a running menu, as well as daily specials. What strikes you is the distinctive personality of the food: traditional French, dressed up and tweaked with other influences. The focus is on real stocks and sauces, slow-cooking, a passion for seasonal ingredients and unpretentious flavours. The end result is - for me - some of the best food in the country.
Having written about this place before I will keep this quick but highlights of the meal included a starter of pig's trotter with seared scallops and green beans (the best dish I have had this year), yellowtail tartare, slow-cooked veal shoulder, springbok prepared in three ways and a white bean cassoulet with pork belly, duck and sausage. And, of course, the famous apple tarte fine which you order in advance, ensuring that what arrives is absolutely fresh. Yeah look, this is a place where you stop counting calories and just give in. You can always work a bit harder in the gym the next day.
I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Cyrillia and Laurant (the husband-and-wife team behind the restaurant's success) and was struck by their warmth and humility. With the Eatout Top 10 awards coming up soon, look for Bizerca to be at least in the top 5.
Do yourself a favour and book now for your next meal out. Call them on (021) 418-0001.