The beloved La Belle have launched their new menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner
La Belle Bistro and Bakery has become a favourite among locals at both of their locations. La Belle at the Alphen Hotel was the first to open, back in 2011, and since then has been a popular spot for a tasty breakfast, a leisurely lunch or dinner. In 2014, La Belle Bistro and Bakery opened their second location on the Camps Bay strip. This venue is as beachy and buzzing as the Constantia branch is leafy and enchanting.
The menu at La Belle has always been fresh, eclectic and delicious, which is why it’s such a popular choice for all and any meals of the day. However, a bit of change is always interesting, and with La Belle’s fine reputation, the introduction of new dishes are most welcome. The new menu, which launched in August, focuses on healthy, contemporary, modern cuisine featuring fresh local and seasonal produce.
Kove Collection Group Head Chef Amber Deetlefs has successfully introduced new dishes without venturing too far from the original formula: comfort food classics with a modern twist, using the best produce.
I visited La Belle in Camps Bay for dinner with a friend. I have been to the Constantia La Belle on many occasions, but this was my first time trying the Camps Bay branch. I had been keen to try it for some time, I knew the food would be fantastic, but I was actually most intrigued to see how the two venues compared to one another. Camps Bay and Contantia both have distinct characteristics; the essence of La Belle makes a lot of sense in its historic building at the Alphen Hotel in Constantia. Nevertheless, once I walked inside for my dinner, it was clear that La Belle’s personality translated very well to the vibe of Camps Bay. It has a more contemporary feel, and fits in brilliantly with other restaurants on the strip, while still retaining La Belle’s unique charm.
For dinner I tried out the Quinoa Crusted Fish & Chips; a healthier take on a classic, with quinoa crusted hake instead of bread crumbs or beer batter, served with cottage cheese tartar and sweet potato fries. It was really tasty and satisfying, I didn’t find myself yearning for the classic version. My friend went with the Pomegranate Glazed Salmon Trout and I had a few mouthfuls myself – fresh, flavourful and nourishing.
If you would like to visit La Belle for brekkie, some of the new breakfast menu options are or the Amaranth and Almond Steel-Cut Oats.
There are so many delicious new dishes to try, such as Mushroom Tartines, Crushed Avocado Toast, Ricotta and Asparagus Omelets and Power Seed Bircher for breakfast and Broccoli Slaw, Grilled Haloumi and Kale, Spinach, Feta and Hummus for lunch or dinner.
Both La Belles are in two of the prettiest areas of the Cape, check them out on one of these lovely sunny winter days.
Words: Molly Fitz-Patrick | Images: Supplied