If you’re into refined dining with a relaxed edge we recommend booking a table at Foxcroft.
At the end of 2016, Scot Kirton, award-winning executive chef of La Colombe, and Glen Williams, his long-standing pastry chef, opened Constantia’s latest restaurant gem, Foxcroft.
Situated in High Constantia among the ancient oak trees and cobbled pathways, Foxcroft is the latest addition to this picturesque square down in the Cape. The restaurant is discreet but easy to spot with its café-type seating that effortlessly flows from the restaurant itself to the fountain area where there are around 6 additional tables (and the now iconic picture of the little fox above the sign itself). If the day is beautiful we recommend requesting this area as sitting under the dappled sunlight and looking onto the blue mountains makes for a very long, pleasant and indulgent afternoon.
Understated, simple, chic, elegant; these are all the words that come to mind. Foxcroft’s décor delicately balances refined luxury and relaxed sophistication. The bistro-type tables for two are the ideal size for an intimate lunch whilst the larger tables make for an easy-dining experience, thanks to the laid-back seating plan inside the restaurant. The combination of teal walls, copper lights, wooden tables and chairs, camel-coloured leather booth-type seating and white-tiled walls gives a sense of understated luxury and a warm feeling that makes you never want to leave. The perfect place for a long winter lunch or dinner thanks to their Aga situated in the middle of the room.
Now we get to the really good part – the food. Let’s start at the beginning with the champagne-poached oysters. O.M.G! These are something to behold. Four of these little gems come served on a bed of salt (visually exquisite) and are quite honestly the most delicious oysters I’ve tasted to date. On to the tapas starter – you are asked to choose two options that serve as your first course and this is served with freshly baked bread from their renowned bakery and a herb-infused butter that will bring you to tears. You’re encouraged to choose a hot and cold starter and we recommend opting for one meat or fish based option and one lighter option as you will seriously need to save space for the mains and dessert. The Tuna Crudo, Salad of Tomato, Squid and Lamb Rib were among the dishes we tasted on the day and each was sublime. Just a tip – if you opt for the Lamb Rib go for something lighter for the main course as the tastes are rich and but so good that you’ll have to finish the whole plate. The mains are as delightful and, here as well as with the tapas, each plate looks like a totally edible work of art. The Pan-Seared Linefish is a great choice if you’re feeling slightly on the full side after your starters; if you’re looking for something a little heavier the Chalmar Beef with Duck Fat Chips is an absolute must. Skipping dessert would be a sin as the options are absolutely delectable – the Rose and Coconut Panna Cotta is a winner but if you’re into something more savoury The Cheese Room (a selection of local and international cheeses with apple & fennel chutney and sourdough from the bakery) is the choice for you.
What you need to know.
Foxcroft is open for lunch and dinner with a fixed price of R395 pp for lunch (this is for two tapas, main course and dessert) and R435 for dinner for the same menu with slightly larger portions. From the 1st May till the 31st August Foxcroft is offering a lunch special of R295 pp, which is a total bargain for the experience that awaits you! Their bakery is open daily from 8am-4pm, so if you’re in the area feel free to buy a freshly baked croissant and enjoy a cup of coffee for breakfast.
Whether a special occasion or just your average Saturday afternoon, Foxcroft is an absolute delight. Book online (and in advance).
(021) 202 3304
Shop 8/9, High Constantia Centre
Corner of Groot Constantia Rd and Constantia Main Rd