Going Italian at Peddlars on the Bend

Sunday lunch is probably my favourite meal of the week (though I could be easily swayed). Ours tend to be latish ones as there’s usually a round of golf happening in the morning.  And long as, frankly, no one’s in a hurry. Choosing different places to try is an enjoyable part of my week, too, as I ponder the merits of location and try to match the food with my mood. Luckily there’s no shortage of options around Cape Town.

This Sunday we went to local bar/restaurant Peddlars. It’s a Constantia landmark with a welcoming garden area that’s always packed in the summer and regulars happily imbibing in the bar. They serve the usual array of pub food here but today we were trying out their Italian restaurant, Volare. Love Italian food, it’s so diverse, with lots of dishes that are favourites of mine and the menu didn’t disappoint. A really great range of traditional Italian fare, from salads and pastas to meat and fish, with dishes made using great local produce.

To start with I went for something simple – Franschhoek salmon trout, rocket, capers and avocado. I love this salmon trout and could happily eat it every day and this was a wonderful combo with the creaminess of the avo and the saltiness of the capers.

Such beautiful colours and flavours

Another classic Italian dish, the carpaccio was topped with light mayo dressing, celery, rocket and grana padana shavings.

This dish is simply Italy on a plate to me

An old favourite, the prawn cocktail was light and perfectly dressed with plenty of plump juicy prawns.

You can’t go wrong with a prawn cocktail

How’s this for the most indulgent of starters. Marrow bones roasted with thyme and olive oil and served with toasted bread and salsa verde. May not look the prettiest but believe me it tastes amazing.

Rich marrowbones to delight

The calamari tubes can be ordered as a starter or a main. They are pan seared and finished with a garlic and chilli dressing. Tender and tasty with a lovely chilli hit.

Fresh calamari with a chilli bite

How’s this for a steak? The Bistecca alla Fiorentina  is a 600g t-bone grilled rare, sliced off the bone and dressed with olive oil, rosemary and garlic. Mouth-watering fare for carnivores

Tuck in to a serious steak

Kingklip is a fabulous firm-fleshed South African fish, made even better served with prawns in a white wine cream.

Kingklip served with a silken, creamy sauce

A satisfying, authentically Italian lunch and a great addition to the Peddlars family. Oh and the buttered tagliatelle which is served as a side is delectable, fresh pasta perfectly cooked. Order it whatever main course you’re having, you’ll love it.

Peddlars is at 13 Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia.



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