Cape Town: A new home for award-winning Bistrot Bizerca


The award-winning Bistrot Bizerca is closing up shop on the Foreshore. However, fans of this restaurant need not be too disappointment as the restaurant will be and reopening at 98 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town in October.

Bizerca Bistro

Bizerca Bistro

Bizerca will have a seating capacity of 100 – that being 50 inside and 50 more who can be accommodated in the brick-paved courtyard. This courtyard features a water feature that makes for the perfect backdrop for balmy summer evenings and long lazy lunches.

“There will be an indoor vertical garden, from which Laurent will harvest fresh salad leaves and herbs. We will literally be dining ‘off the wall’, which is in keeping with our name,” explains Cyrillia Deslandes. This chef’s tables will be hosted in front of this striking visual feature.

While the transition does mean a new look, more space and additional staff, one thing which will not change is Chef Laurent Deslandes’s exquisite food. The menu will be complemented by a carefully selected list of wines from South Africa and France. As the name is an alternative spelling for Bistro, in this fashion there is a small selection of dishes on the regular menu supplemented with an extensive daily chalkboard menu.

Among its accolades, Bizerca counts the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards’ title of best bistro. Bizerca also won this category in 2009. The restaurant was a top 10 nominee in 2008 for what are widely considered this country’s foodie Oscars; Rossouw’s Restaurants awarded it three stars, and it is in the Fleur du Cap Restaurant Awards top 10.

The current location is open for business until 5 October 2012 and the ‘New Bizerca’ will be open at the end of October 2012.  For reservations call (27) (21) 418 0001, and for information email or visit:

Open Mondays to Fridays for lunch and dinner, and light courtyard meals 3-6pm. Saturday – dinners only. Secure parking available on Riebeeck Square.

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