Finer details and exemplary service leave a lasting impression.
After months of closure due to Covid, Rust en Vrede Restaurant reopens its doors, with a brand-new spring-inspired six-course menu, and accompanying wine pairings.
We dined here on one of these dreamy late-spring evenings when the manicured gardens were in full bloom and the treed valley and vineyards beyond somehow managed to melt away our stress and transport us to another world.
Our evening began on the view-soaked terrace where sommelier James Mukosi’s extremely personable demeanour and suggested aperitif – a glass of feather-light and chilled-to-perfection Laurent Perrier Brut – hit all the right notes. We could have been anywhere in the world – this kind of layered luxury knows no boundaries – but there was nowhere else we would rather be…
The finer details
Inside a pared-back and relaxed fine-dining setup awaits… Housed within the estate’s original 1785 cellar, the restaurant has been consistently rated by local and international chefs as one of the finest places to eat since it opened in 2007. Previously headed by chef David Higgs and then John Shuttleworth, the open-plan kitchen is currently run by chef Fabio Daniel, whose contemporary French cuisine is flecked with flavours from his Brazilian and Italian heritage. Having worked under both previous head chefs, Fabio continues the estate’s tradition of sourcing fresh, seasonal ingredients from local sustainable producers.
Food aside, it’s the finer details that elevate the experience from good to memorable: vases of flowers plucked from the estate’s garden (instead of the mass-produced ones available at most supermarkets) on each table; tiny old-fashioned perfume spritzers (instead of plastic sanitiser dispensers), and so on. Of course, all these niceties are complemented by warm, professional service, an elegant setting and a consistently good food-and-wine offering.
New six-course tasting menu
Chef Fabio’s seasonal tasting menu is available with or without sommelier James’ carefully curated wine pairing, which features a selection of local and international wines.
First course Tuna tataki, with cashew purée, pickled radish and crispy noodle and ginger
Second course Crème fraîche risotto, with apple and Gruyère espuma
Third course Pan-seared scallop with vanilla bisque, masala aioli and poppadom
Fourth course Churrasco picanha (grilled rump) with farofa, caramelised onion purée, broccolini and pickled cranberry
Fifth course Citrus and chocolate sphere with sesame crisp, rooibos granita and burnt-butter crumb
Sixth course Snow White: white-chocolate and raspberry pearl, vanilla mousse, litchi sorbet, coconut espuma
Whether you’re looking to celebrate a milestone birthday, or disappear for a romantic date night in the Winelands, Rust en Vrede is a tried-and-tested choice.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 11pm
Cost R790 (six courses)
R1 380 (six courses with wine pairing)
Contact details 021 881 3757, email@example.com
Address Rust en Vrede, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
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