Our Dining Philosophy

“Societi Bistro is a neighbourhood ‘local’. Since 2003, we have been a sanctuary for Capetonians and visitors looking for a home from home. More than cuisine – it’s a way of life – taking time to savour a meal and enjoy the company of family and friends. We love it! It’s an extension of our homes.” – Peter Weetman, Owner
Welcome to our space full of joie de vivre, positivity and love!
A bistro is, in its original Parisian incarnation, a small restaurant serving simple meals in a modest setting. Bistros were defined mostly by the foods they served: French home-style cooking, and slow-cooked foods. As time has progressed, the definition of bistros has evolved to encapsulate the fact that they are establishments that serve rural food in an urban setting, welcoming more cuisines than just French. We echo this very homely environment by serving un-garnished humble fare in our warm moody-lit space. Our guests, like us, are festive, casual and, like the Parisian children of the revolution, occasionally exuberant! We love fine dining, but that is simply not what we are about.
Wherever possible, our dishes are prepared with the finest, locally-sourced, organic ingredients. One of the few exceptions is our prawns which are procured from the north Indian Ocean, and are therefore frozen. For fresh meats, fish and seafood, however, we maintain the cold chain right up to the point of preparation to ensure the freshness of your meal, which if ordered medium-rare or less, will be cold in the centre. Our beef is aged for approximately 21 days, allowing the meat to drain, thus improving the tenderness and enriching the flavour of your steak. Though the source of our inspiration is European, we have found the local palate more attuned to a pasta or risotto cooked beyond al dente. Should you prefer al dente, our chefs will gladly oblige.
Our meals are designed with a commitment to our bistro philosophy, balanced by what our guests’ tastes have taught us over the past decade. We appreciate trends are always changing – should you have any off-menu dietary requirements (for example, gluten-free or vegetarian options) please feel free to send us an email at least 48 hours ahead of your booking – our chefs will do their utmost to accommodate your request.
Our youthful, energised team stands at the ready to assist you in any way – you may, therefore, see more than one friendly face at your table during your meal. Please feel free to ask any waiter (they’re the ones in the black t-shirts) should you have any queries about your order or the restaurant itself.
Thank you for sharing our philosophy, and our space, with us.
The Societi Bistro Team


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