Last updated on May 11th, 2018 at 02:40 pm
I’d heard lots of great things about Carne Constantia but hadn’t eaten there so I jumped at the chance to review it and took my meat-loving bestie along who’d had a great experience at their Keerom Street restaurant in town.
We weren’t disappointed! Upon entering, we were struck by how modern and sexy the décor was in contrast to the almost cottage-like exterior. Moody lighting, elegant minimalist décor and a palette enhanced by pops of red make it a great place to take a date.
There’s also a bar where you could happily knock back a whisky before your meal as well as a large table in its own area that leads to outdoor space that would be great to book out for parties.As far as the Italian-inspired menu is concerned everything we tasted was utterly delish. Our friendly and efficient waiter really knew his stuff and could tell us everything about each cut of meat as well as show it to us beforehand on a platter. He recommended that our starters include the very popular Ravioli di Agnello al Burro e Salvia (R80) – handmade ravioli filled with slow baked Dorper lamb shoulder served with sage butter and parmesan cheese. This was essentially heaven on a plate and Karisa ate most of it while sighing with her eyes closed. If you pay the restaurant a visit this is most definitely a must-do dish! (Apparently, much of the meat served at Carne is grown on owner and chef Giorgio Nava’s Nieu Bethesda’s farm.) As for mains, we decided to share two plates, the first being Medaglioni di Filetto di Manzo Scottato con Salsa Verde, Bernese e Salsa con Funghi (R245) – three 100g seared beef fillet medallions topped with salsa verde, Bearnaise and mushroom sauce. Each grass-fed fillet was so soft you could’ve cut it with a butter knife! Also, while the mix of sauces really enhanced each piece of meat, they were so flavoursome on their own we could’ve happily enjoyed the dish with just a squeeze of lemon.
The second dish, however, really knocked my socks off. It wasn’t a cut I’d usually have ordered as I like my meat to be completely devoid of fat but our waitor said the La Lombata di Manzo (R190) – a 300g beef rib eye steak – was fantastically juicy and boy was he right. Even though our meat was served with a trio of mustards, I didn’t have to reach for a single condiment to make this bad boy sing an Italian opera in my mouth. This is most definitely the cut I’ll order again even though it was a little too big for me to finish. Hardly a bad thing as it made for a next-day lunch of champions!
As far as wines are concerned, Carne have an extensive, reasonably priced wine list with several by-the-glass options. Both Karisa and I opted for a glass of Sangiovese Terra del Capo, a berrilicious easy-drinking red we both know and love that pairs beautifully with any meat as well as pasta.Initially, I thought Carne’s menu looked a little on the pricy side, but now having realised their fare truly is a cut above the other steakhouses I’ve tried (and I’ve tried lots as I’m a complete carnivore), I’ll most definitely be back. Like I said, it would make for a wonderful date night or serve as the perfect Father’s Day treat for your meat-loving dad. Carne Constantia can be found at 114 Constantia Main Road, Constanstia. To view their full menu visit their website. To make your booking, give them a call on (021) 761 0247.
Picture credit: Karisa Nicholls of Cape Town My Love.