Bistrot Bizerca is a place where we serve down-to-earth food with exceptional skill and great passion. This high standard can sometimes be mistaken for fine dining but we always have been, and remain, true to the casual, relaxed bistro-style of eating.
After five successful years in what is arguably one of the toughest locations in the CBD, Bistrot Bizerca has settled quickly and comfortably into our new home in the historic Heritage Square in the heart of the city.
The interior of the “new” Bizerca has a seating capacity of 50, with 50 more diners accommodated in the famous brick-paved courtyard with its water feature – perfect for balmy summer evenings and long lazy lunches, or informal mid-afternoon interludes of oysters and champagne.
Interior and exterior blend seamlessly at Bistrot Bizerca, with raw brick walls echoing the stony courtyard, as do the vertical wall gardens lush with salad leaves and herbs, both inside and out, which are not only striking visual features but a unique combination of practicality and design from which Laurent will harvest for the table. Subtle recurring butterfly motifs on the walls, menus and napkins reflect our restaurant’s metamorphosis.
Cyrillia & Laurent
Cyrillia and Laurent owned and ran prestigious award-winning fine dining establishments in Australia for many years, but a yearning for the unpretentiousness of a bistro drew them back to Cape Town where they opened the original Bizerca Bistro on the Foreshore in 2007.
Laurent grew up and trained classically as a chef in France, where there is a bistro on every corner serving traditional, comforting food which never compromises on flavour or quality, in a relaxed environment. This is what we wanted to recreate in Cape Town.
You will find classic French dishes and traditional cooking methods at work here at Bistrot Bizerca, but also many new dishes created with the influences picked up during our years in Australia.
Among its accolades, Bistrot Bizerca counts the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards’ title of best bistro. Bistrot Bizerca also won this category in 2009, and was a top 10 nominee in 2008 and 2012 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.
We are proud of our carefully selected list of wines, as well as the addition of Tattinger champagnes. We try all the wines before we decide to offer them to our guests.
It’s important for us to know they will complement Laurent’s food, and we are happy to offer suggestions to diners.
We aim to offer a little bit of everything, including some lovely French wines and some of our favourite local finds, and we now offer several wines by the carafe as well as bottle.
Bistrot Bizerca is located in Heritage Square, 98 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town.