The Constantia Clubhouse

A few weeks ago we were invited to visit the newly launched Constantia Clubhouse restaurant in the Constantia Sports Complex. Well, it was probably around two months ago, but they were fully booked the first two occasions we tried to make a reservation - testament to how popular they have become, instantly.

A family friendly restaurant situated just off the cricket field, their location makes them the perfect go-to for post cricket practices or even a snack after gym - but also, a convenient restaurant for families in the area looking for well-priced, home-style food.
When we visited for dinner, all the tables around us were occupied by families - we were having an early dinner at 18h30, so perhaps it's also peak family-dinner time. The menu is wholesome, almost pub-fare, but done really well. Luke had the creamy, spiced chicken livers to start, while I had the salt and pepper calamari. Both were wonderful. The chicken livers were rich and lay in puddles of sauce - perfectly served with a baguette on the side.

My calamari was light, tender and crunchy - with a garlic mayonnaise and salad on the side, it was a lovely start to our meal.
I decided on the steak for mains (which comes with a choice of sauces) and Luke chose the lamb shank. Both portions were generous, and my steak was cooked exactly medium-rare with the most unexpectedly crunchy, thin chips - I couldn't have asked for more. It was served with roasted baby marrow and red pepper - nice, but not needed.

Luke's lamb shank was tender - if a little chewy - and very large. He struggled to finish it and left some of the mash behind.
It's a cosy venue with great views and delicious food. I kept comparing it to 'pub' food throughout the meal - but not as South Africans tend to think of it. Not greasy pies and oily fish - but hearty, generous food done well. Food that is familiar and comforting - that you could probably cook at home, but is still a treat to enjoy when someone else does it well. And the Constantia Clubhouse does.

Our only regret? Not having space for dessert. Next time...

Note : We enjoyed our meal as guests of the Constantia Clubhouse. All opinions and images are my own.


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