Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram know that I’m always concerned about the lack of vegetarian and vegan options provided by restaurants in Cape Town, but it’s always good to see some slight signs of change every now and then. Take Constantia Glen for example, who has introduced a new vegan flammkuchen to its menu for plant-based diners to enjoy.
If you’re not familiar with what a flammkuchen is, the best way to describe it is as a German pizza that translates directly to English as ‘flame pastry’. It’s traditionally rolled out into a rectangular shape and boasts a very thin base.
Constantia Glen’s recipe includes toppings such as cheese-free basil pesto, grilled peppers, mushrooms, artichokes, olives and capers with a hint of truffle oil. If you’re a vegetarian, the kitchen can replace the artichokes with goat’s cheese. Considering that, this was definitely something I had to try, so Constantia Glen invited me over to give it a taste alongside its flagship wine tasting. This was my third visit to this farm, it is one of my favourites!
The views placed at Constantia Glen can be described with so many words but I have chosen enthralling. Situated in Constania Nek in one of the oldest wine producing regions of the country, it’s quick drive from the Cape town city centre. Not only is the view spectacular but so are the wines and the restaurant. Not to mention top notch service every time I visit. But today we’re chatting more about the vegan offering and the wines.
Attempting a vegan pizza-like dish is always a challenge because of how fundamental cheese is to the experience so credit should always be due to restaurants that decide to add it to their menus. Given the choice of toppings, however the flammkuchen provides a rich and flavourful experience. The basil pesto is definitely the dominant ingredient as that comes across strongly from the moment you bite in. I love basil pesto so this was perfect for me!
The grilled peppers, mushrooms and artichokes compliment it with an earthy flavour while the olives and capers provide a hint of tanginess. The flamkkuchen costs R170 but the portion is enough to satisfy two people. A thin base is something I have always been a fan off, the crispiness does it for me and it doesn’t have heaviness. Whether you are vegan or not, you would enjoy this, ofcourse they have other dietary options – this is what I love.
We also tried out their flapgship wine tasting which included 4 wines for R80. The Constantia Glen Two really is impressive. “A rich and concentrated blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, this barrel fermented wine combines oak and tropical fruit flavours with a well-integrated minerality. An elegant wine with exceptional balance and length and fantastic ageing potential.”
My absolute favourite was the Constantia Glen Five which is their flagship wine. A classic Constantia blend of the five archetypal Bordeaux varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Grapes are hand-picked to perfection and the cool climate of this region allows for a great red blend.
Did I mention Constantia Glen is also well known for their spectacular Cheese & Charcuterie Platters? There is short vlog about my trip there which show you our experience. If you are looking a wine farm to visit for whichever reason, this is one I would highly recommend. You can book online here.
Check out my vlog:
Until next post,
xx Miss Dhanusha