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Reimagined Russian and South African traditions dot the contemporary à la carte menus at Avant-Garde, putting the little known Stellenbosch wine area along the Bottelary Road firmly on the food map.
Fine dining with overt Russian influence that incorporates a blend of recipes that are unexpected, textured, delicious and healthy.
Photograph: Avant-Garde at Hazendal
The eatery’s menu, which is the brainchild of celebrity chef and restaurateur Bertus Basson, features only one thing: a seriously good 200g free-range beef burger with all the trimmings.
This is the way all fast food should taste. It reminds you of a New York-style hole-in-the-wall burger joint, but the flavour is authentically South African.
Photograph: De Vrije Burger
Spier Wine Farm has immersed itself in sustainability. And Eight is no exception. Chef Amari imaginatively crafts delicious dishes, from burgers and game to fine dining and traditional regional specialities. Sourcing fresh seasonal produce from local producers along the way.
This farm-to-table bistro is child-friendly, affordable and one of the very few restaurants with a green ethos where environmental consciousness and commitment to the Earth is a high priority.
Photograph: Eight at Spier
As a homage to Eikestad (the city of oaks), Bertus Basson opened this, his sixth restaurant in a historic building on Stellenbosch’s Dorp Street. The intimate space is beautifully styled—think sumptuous emerald-green velvet chairs, an up-to-the-minute geometric-tiled wall and a kitchen that overlooks the 30-seater dining area.
Expect traditional South African fare with a modern, eclectic twist.
This 2019 Global Restaurant of the Year Winner is a real gastronomic journey of discovery, with its one-of-a-kind 16-course theatrical feast for the senses.
Gåte is Norwegian for ‘riddle’ and it’s the ideal concept from which the menu has been built.
Photograph: Gåte at Quoin Rock
The menu—and space—at Jardine may be on the smaller side, but the pay-off, as delivered by the award-winning chef George Jardine, is big.
A small, seasonal menu that pushes culinary boundaries and tantalises the taste buds.
One of the first signature chef restaurants in the Cape Winelands, Jordan brings top chef George Jardine’s brand of contemporary cuisine from city to country. The focus on the flavours of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients is evident from the kitchen vegetable and herb garden to wine barrel fish smoker and wood-fired oven.
If you appreciate a supreme fine-dining food and wine pairing experience, this is the place to be.
Photograph: Jordan Restaurant
The third Bertus Basson offering on our list is one where the focus is on local produce, presenting a menu of the season’s offerings. And if you feel like going for the ultimate: the dishes are paired with Hidden Valley’s exceptional wines.
The menu marries bold flavours and surprise elements on the plate—alongside a knock-out view high up the valley.
Ranked as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world is reason enough to add Rust en Vrede to one’s ‘must indulge’ fine dining list. Ideally situated among the picturesque Stellenbosch Winelands, Rust en Vrede offers a culinary experience with all the trimmings.
Housed in the estate’s original 1785 cellar, the restaurant’s illustrious history is on full display.
Photograph: Rust en Vrede
The menu changes seasonally, the food is served with the finest South African touches and the cuisine always looks the part—but not to the point where you feel you can’t eat it for fear of disturbing its symmetry.
Overlooking a sea of vineyards and olive groves, the restaurant’s views from the terrace reach all the way into the Banhoek Valley.
Photograph: Delaire Graff Estate
Presided over by executive chef Carolize Coetzee (formerly Dornier Bodega, Cuvée and Delaire Graff), expect dishes that are elegant in their simplicity and made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
The deck overlooks the Tokara vineyards, which seem to hug the hillside in a congenial embrace. The other plus is that the wines of Miles Mossop, who makes them for Tokara, are just sensational.
Unrivalled views, superb service and world-class cuisine made with fresh ingredients picked daily from the estate’s garden, Indochine at Delaire Graff represents everything that people love about the Cape Winelands, all rolled into one.
While Asian-fusion eateries are a dime a dozen in South Africa, head chef Virgil Kahn’s flair for creating unique flavour combinations and plating them as works of art make Indochine a clear standout.
Photograph: Indochine at Delaire
Inspired by the Cape’s history as a vital trading post, De Warenmarkt is housed in an 18th-century heritage building, where you’ll find a selection of speciality meats, the best wines from the region, cheeses, craft beer and coffee.
De Warenmarkt offers something unique to those passing through Stellenbosch and delivers a steaming hot plate of authentic food, a rich sense of history and an experience centred on realness.
Photograph: De Warenmarkt
Featured image credit: Delaire Graff Estate
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