Situated in Lake Pleasant Living on the banks of the Groenvlei (Green Wetland) is a well hidden gem of a restaurant. Bistro on the Lake offers a menu covering traditional South African dishes and is open from 7am till late. This was our second visit to the restaurant and I am sure it will not be our last.
The wine list is decent with a good, well priced selection of wines. There is only 1 single malt whisky on the menu and a fair priced cocktail menu. We had the Guardian Peak Shiraz 2013 (R155). The wine is light with a berry nose and a hint of spice.
The menu offers light meals, burgers, pizza and pastas as well as large main course portions which average out at R105 per head. Mark and I shared a garlic and feta cheese focaccia to start (R25) and it was covered with a generous amount of feta and a sprinkling of dried herbs. The base could have been crispier for my liking.
I also had the soup of the day (R35) which was a fantastic home made tomato soup that had a lovely rich flavour. Both visits I have had some of my Mother-In-Law’s chicken livers and they are creamy and rich and the portion is generous to say the least. On our previous visit I had the creamy garden peas, spinach and feta penne (R65) as my main meal, and sent half of it home with my MIL for her dinner.
On this visit I chose the roast chicken breast and mushroom tagliatelle (R95) which was a mushroom pasta served with an entire chicken breast that was slightly dry. The sauce was creamy and tossed into well cooked pasta (as in not al dente). The biggest let down on this dish was the ‘plastic’ cheese that was served as a garnish. I cut my chicken up, tossed it into the pasta and managed to eat half of the bowl. The rest was sent home again with my MIL.
Everyone enjoyed their meals and the boys ordered desserts. The brownies looked perfect and got the thumbs up from Mark. James’s crème brûlée did not get the same result as it was slightly thin, warm and the sugar top was too thick. I suspect that it was grilled rather than blow torched and when left to cool, the custard thickened a bit.
The service is good and the staff are extremely thoughtful, helping us rearrange the table for a chair we had brought with us to make Marguerite, who is 94, more comfortable. I would recommend that you sit outside and take in the wonderful view and enjoy the peace and quiet of being next to the lake.
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