Housed in the historic Glencairn Hotel, BarStaurant is the Tintswalo group’s new eatery – and the whole family is invited.
It was a blustery Sunday afternoon when we made our way to BarStaurant, housed in the historic Glencairn Hotel in Cape Town’s False Bay. Owned by the Tintswalo group, the establishment features three distinct spaces supported by friendly service and excellent food.
The main restaurant hosts a spacious veranda that melds seamlessly into glass-encased indoor seating. The views are hard to beat: a stoic lighthouse repels large waves while colourful windsurfers zip across the blue-green bay. An elegant yet accessible ambience complements the mellow buzz of conversation. The staff are attentive yet unobtrusive.
To the right of the restaurant is a spacious bar area serving classic cocktails and eats – perfect for an after-ocean drive-by (or, in my instance, a game of Springboks versus Lions).
Past the sushi kitchen to the left, is the BarStaurant’s giant pizza oven, which leads into the family restaurant. Ample space and plenty of seating overlook the children’s jungle gym and play area. Despite the rather windy conditions, families were still enjoying downtime together. The proximity to the pizza oven is, I’m sure, no coincidence. All COVID-19 guidelines are implemented and maintained.
And, of course, we ate and drank.
For him, a cold Devil’s Peak draught; for her, a crisp glass of Sauvignon blanc. The portions are generous, so we opted to forgo starters and dive right into mains. Between us we had the butcher’s cut steak – tender and tasty, with deliciously crispy fries and steamed vegetables – and the miso grilled tofu and pineapple (one of the many vegan options on the extensive menu). In his words: “the pineapple, delicately hot coconut milk and chilli sauce is the absolute star of the show”. Suffice to say, I think he enjoyed the meal.
We ended with the knickerbocker glory – a decadent and sweet finish to an excellent meal. We can’t wait to return for the pizza and sticky toffee pudding.