It is not necessary to drive all the way out to Uitkyk on the Simonsberg of Stellenbosch to experience a Georgian Flat Roof Manor as Societi Bistro in Orange Street, Gardens (Cape Town) is a mini-Uitkyk. The roof is as flat as Table Mountain that rears above the establishment like the prancing horse on a Ferrari bonnet badge. And what better complement to darkly moody Kyle’s grilled giant pork chop on the Touring Italy menu this week than Flat Roof Manor Sauvignon Blanc Light 2011? For Societi Bistro has the same initials as Sauvignon Blanc: SB. Freaky, hey?
But the real miracle is that Flat Roof Manor Sauvignon Blanc Light 2011 (made at Uitkyk, hence the name) is a dead abstemious 9% alcohol, yet has mouth-feel for Africa and lashings of flavour.
Best staff in town Neil! And Chef Stefan rocks!
It’s great the way you can retire to the snug for a smoke and an after-diner drink.
I’ve eaten there plenty of times. From the specials to the regular menu items, and I’ve never experienced the Georgian Flat Roof.
Do you have to be in the inner circle to be invited up there?
What goes on up there?
It must be like cat on a hot tin roof…
You should look into the history of the building. It stood empty and boarded up like a spookhuis for many years in the 90s after the owner died or she vacated the place for greener pastures. It later became a restaurant named 80 Orange St.
Love that stunning arch over the front door.