The Lust Bistro & Bakery is a cosy restaurant located at Vrede en Lust Wine Estate in Simondium near Paarl in the Western Cape. The bistro offers warm and inviting interior, wooden décor, and friendly staff. Situated in a Cape Dutch building, Lust offers a mix between a modern restaurant and old world farm kitchen with glass windows offering stunning views, chequered tiles skirting the edge of the room, and pops of character brought about by scarlet hanging lamps and repurposed wine crates for flower boxes. With a homely atmosphere filled with happy chit-chatter and the smell of food wafting through the air, it doesn't take long to discover why Lust is fast becoming Franschhoek’s favourite place to meet and eat.
Apart from the a la cart menu, daily specials are chalked up on the blackboard and change according to the season and the weather. The intimate menu means that Lust has perfected their dishes. Recommended dishes include the Lust specialty lamb burger on herbed ciabatta with avocado paté and caramelised onions; slow roasted pork belly; and the ginger spiced malva pudding. Be the boss of your own sandwich or pizza and create your own out of a range of toppings available. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to leave with a smile and at least one popped pants button.
Don’t forget to try the Belgian Hot Chocolate, Red Espresso, or one of the freshly squeezed juices such as carrot, orange and ginger, or cucumber and mint juice. There is also a wide range of estate wines on offer.
Don't miss the Sunday buffets offering a new menu each Sunday.
- pay for the weight of your plate (R22 per 100g)
- Bookings essential.
The bakery counter immediately grabbed my attention with its setup of alluring cakes and bakes peering at me from the corner of the restaurant. Here, you can pick up a range of freshly baked artisan breads to take home with you.