Lust Bistro & Bakery

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Intersection of the R45 & Klapmuts Road, Vrede en Lust, Franschhoek, Simondium 7680, South Africa


Bakery, Bistro, Cafe

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Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch


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    May 2013 · Christine Bernard

    If you ever get a chance to go to Franschoek then you must jump at it. It is absolutely breath-taking...

    If you ever get a chance to go to Franschoek then you must jump at it. It is absolutely breath-taking and transports you a simpler and quieter time. It is laid back and friendly and is dotted with quaint shops, creativity, cafes and restaurants. We went in winter which was lovely but I’d love to go back in summer when the flowers are in bloom and the olives and grapes are bursting with flavour.

    Known for its array of wine farms, Franschoek actually has a wine route where you literally go wine farm hopping all day. One of the wine farms which we visited was the beautiful Vrede en Lust. What a stunning place with by far one some of the friendliest staff I have come across. We were lucky enough to get a table outside which offered some stunning views and because there were only four of us they told us that our wine tasting would be free and even brought us free bread and dips. The wine tasting was one of the best I have ever experienced. The lady who told us about the wines was very friendly and entertaining and she brought us so many wines to taste that by the end I was ready to take on the world. We bought a delicious cheese platter to enjoy with our wines and walked off with a few wine bottles that we felt we just had to have ourselves. One of which was the Vrede en Lust Red Lady merlot which I can definitely recommend if you’re a fan of red wine.

    A great place to go and enjoy a long lazy afternoon over some delicious wine.

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    Jul 2014 · Rebekah Kendal

    Anti-carb advocates may have painted bread as an evil that will wreak havoc with your digestive system and expand your...

    Anti-carb advocates may have painted bread as an evil that will wreak havoc with your digestive system and expand your waistline, but it is still almost impossible to resist the smell and taste of a freshly baked loaf of bread. Even more so if that loaf of bread happens to come out of the huge wood-fired brick oven at Lust.

    Situated on the Vrede en Lust wine estate just outside Franschhoek, Lust is a bistro-cum-bakery that, in addition to producing artisan breads, serves up wholesome breakfasts and lunches. The bakery and kitchen is under the supervision of chef Jean Pierre Smith, who takes no shortcuts when it comes to producing the finest breads – his sourdough bread takes a minimum of three days to prepare!

    Not surprisingly, bread features quite strongly on the menu – in fact, you can even create your own sandwich from scratch using a nifty little sandwich card. The bistro takes the same approach to its pizzas – also cooked in the wood-fired oven – which turn out to be remarkably affordable.

    In addition to the create-it-yourself pizzas and sandwiches, the bistro also has an à la carte menu that includes suggested Vrede en Lust wines for each dish. On the menu, you’ll find hearty fare such as slow roasted pork belly and crispy-skinned duck breast. Daily specials on the chalkboard change with the season and the availability of fresh produce. The buffet lunch on Sundays, which offers up a selection of slow-cooked roasts, gets pretty busy, so it is worth booking a table in advance.

    Although the interior at Lust hints at a big farmhouse kitchen, it’s far too modern and uncluttered to be the real deal; the décor can best be described as country chic. A few comfortable couches and the large tree-lined patio make it the perfect place to while away a lazy afternoon. Order a bottle of wine and one of the platters off the menu – artisan charcuterie, cheeses, breads, and preserves – and the afternoon will take care of itself.

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