Mmmmm. There is no better accompaniment to amazing coffee than freshly baked goods, and when we chatted to chef Jean-Pierre Smith we found that they take just as much care with their coffee as they do with their incredible food.
"We have a long-standing relationship with Terbodore Roasters in Franschhoek.
Having this relationship, from their (and our) infancy stages mean that we have access to their very limited/exclusive flagship blend called the MacEspresso. It is a blend of beans from Brazil, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Colombia.
All our baristas are trained by Terbodore Coffee Roasters and assessed weekly on their skills while we also pay special attention to the grind.
It was very important to me to find a supplier of coffee beans and associated products that share my vision on craft items, where the emphasis is placed on sustainable and traceable sources and taking time to craft a unique product in small batches. I found that in Terbodore and specifically Steve Foster."
Situated in the folds of the peaceful Vrede en Lust wine estate in Franschhoek, Lust Bistro & Bakery is known for its sense of warmth and “home away from home” ambiance from the moment you walk in. This year marks a milestone for one of the winelands’ most enticing bistro and bakeries, as the 2015 KLINK Awards “Beyond Expectations” winner celebrates their fifth anniversary.
To commemorate this occasion, Lust Bistro & Bakery boasts a new look and feel following full refurbishments of the restaurant, whilst introducing a premium limited edition Vrede en Lust wine which accompanies the new bistro dinner menu launching on 14 September.
Loyal patrons will be delighted to hear that in addition to the new bistro menu, LUST has extended their trading hours by offering a dinner service every Friday and Saturday until 10pm. A micro greens home-grown display accompanies the fresh and uncomplicated dinner menu offering six starters, six mains and four desserts alongside a selection of the finest wines.
The aim of LUST’s refurbishments was to improve the acoustics and showcase a more modern, cosy and sophisticated ambiance. Jean-Pierre’s famous daily blackboard specials remain a staple amongst the fresh, natural greens and earthy décor and furniture pieces in the bistro.
“We value every customer that has walked through our doors and supported us over the last five years. In honour of our appreciation, we’ve tried to exceed any expectations with our renovations and reimagined menu while staying true to the familiar atmosphere we all know and love; offering more than just a destination but an unforgettable experience,” says patron chef and baker extraordinaire, Jean-Pierre Smith.
Further to the fifth year commemorations, the estate have released a limited edition “LUST Bistro & Bakery and Vrede en Lust” Riesling produced in a typical German Kabinett style. With an off-dry residual sugar, the fruit of this highly terroir expressive cultivar is sourced from the Vrede en Lust Elgin farm, Casey’s Ridge. Most Rieslings are consumed when they are young showing the most aromatic characteristics. This crown beauty is best paired with spicy foods and curries, and due to the well-developed yet elegant off-dry style it is also served well with seafood such as prawns, lobster and crayfish.