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Apprentice in Stellenbosch

Apprentice

Stellenbosch Contemporary restaurant in Stellenbosch

Apprentice Restaurant, formally known as L’Olive, situated on Stellenbosch’s bustling Andringa Street, is a sought after dining establishment. Home to the Culinary Institute, this restaurant offers food that appeals to the senses. The restaurant is training school for students who have chosen cooking as a career, but patrons would be far off the mark to expect anything less than being plated up food of exceptional quality. Not only is breakfast, lunch and dinner served in style, the décor of the eatery is bright and inviting in a relaxed upmarket manner, however, the best seats remain out of house on the pavement, where guests can soak up the Stellenbosch vibe. The dinner menu is offers a selection of meat dishes from Lamb Rump, Kudu Loin to Quail. Desserts are wickedly decadent with impossible to resist choices like Chocolate Marble Pavlova and Tiramisu with Rum and Espresso. Since the restaurant is a learning arena, the menu also has a glossary of terms (in case the menu is all French to you).

Aristata in Stellenbosch

Aristata

Stellenbosch South African restaurant in Stellenbosch

Aristata Restaurant forms part of the Protea Hotel in Technopark Stellenbosch. Expect a full buffet breakfast menu as well as menus for lunch and dinner. Much can be said of the restaurant’s scenic location. It commands splendid views of the picturesque surroundings and has an outdoor deck for sipping sundowners and taking early evening meals. A range of snacks and light meals are also served throughout the day. For those that require some formality, the indoor dining area calls for a smarter dress code in its subtle, yet sophisticated setting. With a menu that offers traditional South African fare, guests can enjoy the overall experience of Aristata. Diners may round off their meal with the best of wine that is sourced locally. The restaurant also makes for an ideal venue, be it for a wedding or a corporate function.

Babel in Stellenbosch

Babel

Stellenbosch South African restaurant in Stellenbosch

Nestled in the breathtaking Drakenstein Valley, cradled between Franschoek and Paarl, Babel paints a picturesque setting, flanked by mountains and 200 h of vineyard and farmlands. This inspiring setting captures the imagination of ex Elle Deco Editor – Karen Roos, who transformed Babel into a place of inspirational beauty. On summery days, sit outside under the Plain trees soaking up the setting and a hearty Babel Breakfast brimming with fresh juices, homemade muesli, thick and creamy yogurt and local produce from the farm. Cooler days are warmed by the chic and elegant décor set within the glass-enclosed restaurant where the aroma of freshly prepared seasonal dishes wet the appetite. Discover a haven of peace and tranquility, set in beautiful surroundings, and the taste of food inspired by the seasons, prepared straight from the garden onto your plate.

Chez Max in Somerset West

Chez Max

Somerset West Contemporary restaurant in Somerset West

Located in the Trading Post Complex on Myburgh Street in Somerset West you will find Chez Max. This restaurant offers continental food in a warm and traditional atmosphere. The food is unpretentious but amazingly well-prepared and tasty. Starters include dishes like a trio of prawns, homemade chicken liver and bacon pate, soup of the day and risotto. Be sure to give the slow-roasted belly of pork a try. This dish is served with crispy crackling, Hanepoot glazed apples and aromatic. Another mouthwatering main is the char-grilled beef fillet, moist and tender, with a blue cheese potato cake, caramelised baby onions and rosemary. A variety of veal and fish dishes are also available. A great wine list complements the menu and instead of choosing from a 'great wine list', you pick straight from the wine rack. Enjoy upmarket surrounds and upmarket food without the upmarket attitude that can be the bain of many a restaurant.

Cognito in Stellenbosch

Cognito

Stellenbosch African restaurant in Stellenbosch

Listed as one of the Top 15 Fabulous Restaurants by Eat Out Magazine, makes Cognito restaurant in Stellenbosch a must try eating establishment. It is sophisticated and all things African with its menu and décor and offers visitors an eating experience that embodies local hospitality. The East and South African inspired menu is as diverse as it is exciting. It is a contemporary interpretation of traditional dishes. From nibbles like curry dusted popcorn and starters to full main courses, the menu caters for all supermbly, including children. Patrons are encouraged to enquire as to the latest flavour combinations when it comes to steak and poultry choices as the mains are constantly being reinvented. Wine enthusiasts will also not be disappointed with great regional selection of wines on offer and are encouraged to sign up for the restaurant’s food and wine pairing evenings. The social evenings are geared at having the guests’ imput on new wines and dishes to be included on the menu. Foodies will also not be able to resist the popular Curry Mondays (when all the curries are riduculously discounted to one price).

De Volkskombuis in Stellenbosch

De Volkskombuis

Stellenbosch South African restaurant in Stellenbosch

Do not be misled by the rustic ring to De Volkskombuis’ name. There is nothing even remotely unpolished about this establishment. The restaurant has been around since 1977 and has earned its reputation as a place of fine dining. The Cape Dutch house - that is the restaurant - is a perfect puzzle piece in historic Stellenbosch with its white washed walls and front garden. The restaurant also has its Voorkamer which serves as a private dining room for special occasions, conferences and private parties. Guests will be thrilled to find that although the menu boasts a fresh interpretation of traditional South African cuisine, none of the authenticity of the old favourites like Boland Bobotie, Braised Oxtail and Malva Pudding is lost. Furthermore, the menu has wine suggestions with each dish – a treat for wine and food pairing enthusiasts. Not only does De Volkskombuis promise a gastronomic experience of note, but also an impressive, if not, wildly indulgent, wine and beverage selection that could hold one’s attention for hours. Choose from the best locally and internationally sourced wines of every blend, including sparkling wines and Champagne. A selection of cigars rounds off the restaurant’s offerings. De Volkskombuis is open daily for lunch and dinner.

Delaire Graff Restaurant in Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff Restaurant

Stellenbosch Contemporary restaurant in Stellenbosch

At Delaire Graff the breath-taking beauty of the Stellenbosch surroundings serves as a feast for the eyes. Visitors are certain to experience an igniting of the senses whether it is for lunch, under the canopy of oak trees, or for an intimate dinner in the designer interior of the restaurant. The cuisine and general feel of this fine dining establishment is best described as approachable. Delaire Graff has a clean cut elegance, plated and otherwise, which is sophisticatedly understated. The food is fresh and robust with all the emphasis on flavour. While the lunch menu is light, the dinner offerings demonstrate a decadent balance of delicate presentation and bold, vibrant flavours. Expect the menu to change regularly in order to exploit the best of the freshest vegetable, herb, seafood and cheese offerings that the farm and local specialty producers provide. Signature offerings include Crayfish Lasagne with king oyster mushrooms and Pistachio Nougat served with rose geranium ice cream. Dishes are rounded off with a selection of Delaire wines and guests can choose a special food and wine pairing menu. Be sure to take the time for a fabulous wine tasting in the stunning Tasting Lounge.

Die Reebok Paarl in Paarl

Die Reebok Paarl

Paarl Contemporary restaurant in Paarl

Die Reebok restaurant is located on the beautiful estate, Reebokskloof. With its rolling lawns, tranquil lakes, willow trees and vineyards, it is described as a paradise and is one of the winelands’ most beautiful farms. Dining here is a treat, with well selected, acclaimed wines and delectable cuisine. The a la carte menu offers something for everyone and promises to deliver on quality, quantity and taste.

Imibala in Somerset West

Imibala

Somerset West Contemporary restaurant in Somerset West

Imibala lends a helping hand to children donating their profits from the restaurant to helping children go to school. Dining at Imibala makes a difference to a child and your waistline - as their irresistible cakes and home baked goods tempt you to indulge. The menu secures delicious dishes and the lingering aromas of the oven-roasted chicken in yoghurt curry sauce served with a tomato, avocado and coriander salsa. Try the fresh pear, walnuts and Parma ham if you are watching your waistline and indulge in a little wine from the simple wine list. Imibala is delicious and fresh, a refreshing choice for breakfast or lunch.

Jordan Restaurant with George Jardine in Stellenbosch

Jordan Restaurant with George Jardine

Stellenbosch Contemporary restaurant in Stellenbosch

Another Stellenbosch winery has lured an award winning chef to put its eatery on the culinary map. Chef George Jardine now heads up ‘Jordan Restaurant with George Jardine’ on the Jordan wine Estate. The establishment’s name may be a mouthful which in turn serves as a fairly accurate take on the food too – mouthfuls of deliciousness. Food enthusiasts will not be disappointed with the fine dining experience on offer here. The restaurant offers set menus to choose from, ensuring orchestrated flavours and textures above all else. Guests can opt for two, three or four courses, all with or without specific wine pairings to compliment the dishes. Although the menu is changeable to in order to really get the best out of seasonal produce, one can expect to be tantalized with The duck liver parfait to start. The mains are exciting, with the likes of Penny Verburg’s Suckling Pig Roasted and a lavish baked pudding with Pimm’s Creme Catalan. The wine list is not limited to only Jordan’s Wines, but also has a good local selection and a broad spectrum price range. One is permitted to bring one’s own wine (limited to a single bottle) subject to a corkage fee. The restaurant is open for lunch Wednesdays to Sundays and for dinner Thursdays and Fridays.

Lanzerac Hotel Restaurant in Stellenbosch

Lanzerac Hotel Restaurant

Stellenbosch Contemporary restaurant in Stellenbosch

The main a la carte restaurant is a feast for the senses and is open every day of the week. The décor is classic and elegant and the restaurant exudes an air of sophistication that will take you back to the old World. International cuisine can be enjoyed, and on Sundays a lavish luncheon buffet is served. Private dining and function options are available on request. Set in the very heart of the estate, this shaded outdoor venue is the only restaurant in the region to boast a view of distant Table Mountain.

Liefde Bistro  in Stellenbosch

Liefde Bistro

Stellenbosch South African restaurant in Stellenbosch

Established in 1802, Oude Werf is South Africa's oldest and most historic hotel and has defined hospitality and fine dining for centuries. Our guests enjoy the wonders of the Cape Winelands from the repose of our luxurious accommodation, situated in the historical core of the university town of Stellenbosch, only 50km from Cape Town, 25km from the sea and surrounded by beautiful mountains. Stellenbosch is famous as the premier wine region of South Africa. Located on vibrant Church Street, Oude Werf retains the graceful ambience of Georgian style throughout. Soft hues and antique furniture have been tastefully aligned with the comforts of modern living to create a calm haven from which to base your exploration of Stellenbosch. The hotel consists of 44 en-suite bedrooms and 5 apartments (self-catering,optional) which are individually styled with antiques collected over the years. Modern facilities, and staff who pride themselves on their friendly, personal and professional service, make each visit an enjoyable and memorable one. Our landmark 1802 Restaurant - now a beautifully redesigned 'modern-meets-vintage' bistro, with vine- covered courtyard and indoor fireside - is called "Liefde" ("Love", in Afrikaans). It serves homey, Cape classics, made with love…and a contemporary gourmet twist from chef, Albert van der Loo, matched with vintages from our world-famous wine region.

Mackaron in Stellenbosch

Mackaron

Stellenbosch Contemporary restaurant in Stellenbosch

Mackaron is an upmarket, ambient restaurant that is sure to impress even the most discerning diner. Guests can try the a la carte or any one of the floating menus in this beautifully decorated dining space. Comfort is key and the atmosphere and furnishings echo that.

Pielows in Tulbagh

Pielows

Tulbagh Contemporary restaurant in Tulbagh

Pielow’s restaurant is a gem of fine dining located in the quaint town of Tulbagh. This intimate and elegant eatery promises guests fine food in a stunning setting. The restaurant forms part of the Oude Herberg guest house. Its tiny dining room exudes ambience with its quiet sophistication. In the summer the courtyard offers the best seating for a late evening of food and drink with friends, or an afternoon bite while watching the town’s rugby team in action. The contemporary menu incorporates the best local produce that can be sourced. Popular dishes include the roast pork with caramelised apples and the rack of lamb with home-made mint sauce. The list is vast with a great selection of local wines. Guests can also enjoy the fact that the restaurant has its very own patch of vineyard and bottles its own home groen shiraz and sauvignon blanc under the Pielow’s label.

Readers in Tulbagh

Readers

Tulbagh Contemporary restaurant in Tulbagh

Readers Restaurant is located in Tulbagh’s historic Church Street. Here patrons are delighted by the fine food on offer. The Curious Cats gift shop, that is housed with the eatery, gives Readers a quirky edge that is enough reason to return. The lime washed Cape Dutch Style stead sets the scene for the genuine Cape hospitality that is synonymous with Readers. In keeping with the Cape Dutch feel, the restaurant boasts wooden floors and crisp white table cloths on solid wooden furniture, all the elements for fine dining. Chef Carol Collins presents an exciting menu which offers traditional fare with a fresh interpretation. Signature dishes include the Springbok fillet with a Gooseberry and Amarula sauce and the Lamb Strudel. The Trio of ice-cream dessert is ever popular with exciting (if not a crazy) flavours such as curry and balsamic. The wine list supports the best of the Tulbagh region. Cat lovers will spend plenty of time post pudding inspecting the feline paraphernalia in the gift shop section of the restaurant.

 

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