Chardonnay Deli Opens in Historic Constantia
South Africa, Cape Town, February 2015; A new farmstall-style deli has opened its doors in the heart of Constantia.
With its charcoal painted walls, upcycled wooden shop counters and rustic baskets bursting with fresh produce, Chardonnay Deli is a new fixture in the heart of one of Cape Town’s most loved areas. Situated in an historic, renovated building that’s been given a new lease on life care of famed decorator, Chardonnay Deli is a marriage of rustic style and foodie substance, thanks to the vision of owner Charmaine Lilje.
A self-taught chef with a business degree, Charmaine is the owner of successful catering company Chardonnay Chefs. After graduating, a visit to Ireland reignited a burgeoning passion for food and a determination to make it her career. On her return to Cape Town she worked under the likes of Olympia Café’s Kenneth McClarty and award winning food greats Franck Dangereaux and Luke Dale-Roberts at La Colombe, and in 2009 Charmaine started her catering business. Chardonnay Deli is the next step for her. Here customers can sit at café tables under the old oak trees, contemplating life over a cup of coffee and a slice of just-baked cake or a light lunch such as a confit duck salad topped with creamy mash and a healthy side salad.
Everything at Chardonnay Deli comes with an impressive pedigree – be it the charcuterie produced by local legend Richard Bosman, cheeses sourced from the best dairies in South Africa, a wide range of gluten-free goodies to go, coffee by TRUTH, locally sourced fruit and vegetables and free range chicken. There are jewel coloured displays of non-certified organic fruit and vegetables. There is a daily blackboard menu for breakfast and lunch and customers will find there’s a strong emphasis on wholesome food with a healthy slant, “it’s the way my husband Donovan and I love to cook and eat” says Charmaine who is passionate about providence and seasonal ingredients. Despite the serious attention paid to quality at Chardonnay Deli, Charmaine is adamant that this deli and dining destination is all about the food, “we want people to come as they are and enjoy what it is we like to do and that’s fed people fresh, fabulous and inspired food, she says. Chardonnay Deli is rustic and relaxed and we love it when our guests relax in the space.
For people wanting to enjoy Chardonnay Deli’s mouth-watering food at their next party, look out for their menus available on their website.
As with any true farmstall, the homemade rustic delights beckon at every turn. From their own-label preserves and jams to a cake display groaning with the likes of baked cheese cakes, lemon and poppyseed cheesecake and a suitably moist carrot and courgette, baked cheese cakes and delicious vegan options.
One of the most impressive aspects of Chardonnay Deli is their bakery. Here, the bakers make magic with his artisan loaves including a 50% sourdough rye, a multigrain seed loaf and his trademark gourmet ciabattas. Like a winemaker blends his wines, so the bakers experiments with various flour blends to create new and interesting bread varieties and the results are outstanding.
Chardonnay Deli opened its doors in late December 2014 and is a work in progress says Charmaine. But so far so good. Customers can be seen filling their baskets with mouth-watering deli products to go, ordering breakfast and lunch off the chalkboard menu, walking off with still-warm old-school style cakes and banana loaves. If the early days are anything to go by, the future for Chardonnay Deli certainly looks delicious!
Travelling from Cape Town on the M3 towards Muizenberg. Continue on M3 and follow the signs for Muizenberg and take exit 16 toward M39/Ladies Mile/Bergvliet. Turn left onto Ladies Mile Road/M39 and then turn left onto Constantia Main Road/M4. Chardonnay Deli will be on the left.