Rust en Vrede: Top-Drawer Dining in Stellenbosch

Rust en Vrede: Top-Drawer Dining in Stellenbosch

Finer details and exemplary service leave a lasting impression.

Blue skies, green vines and red wines… That’s summer at Rust en Vrede. The grapes are ripening and there’s a sense of anticipation for the harvest. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the quintessential Winelands experience, appreciating the fruits of the terroir and seasonal abundance, at The Restaurant at Rust en Vrede.

We’ve dined here on one of these dreamy 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.

On the view-soaked terrace, congenial and clued-up sommelier James Mukosi will suggest an aperitif that hits all the right notes (in our case, a glass of feather-light, chilled-to-perfection Laurent Perrier Brut). 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

Rust en Vrede guests dining

Inside, fine-dining awaits, but sophisticatedly pared-back and relaxed. Housed within the estate’s historic 1785 cellar, with its gables, thatch, original yellowood ceilings and cosy alcoves, the restaurant has been consistently rated by local and international chefs as one of the finest places to eat since it opened in 2007.

In charge of the open-plan kitchen is chef Fabio Daniel, whose contemporary French cuisine is flecked with flavours from his Brazilian and Italian heritage. Having worked under both previous head chefs, David Higgs and John Shuttleworth, Fabio continues the tradition of sourcing fresh, seasonal ingredients from local sustainable producers – and then applying equal parts imagination and culinary mastery to them.

Chef Fabio Daniel Rust en Vrede Restaurant

Food aside, it’s the finer details that elevate the experience from good to memorable, such as vases of flowers plucked from the estate’s garden, complemented by warm, professional service, an elegant setting and a consistently good food-and-wine offering.

New six-course tasting menu

Rust en Vrede Chef Fabio Summer menu

Chef Fabio’s perfectly portioned summer tasting menu is available with or without sommelier James’ carefully curated wine pairing, which features a selection of the estate’s award-winning varietals, as well as other local and international wines.

First course Tuna tataki, with pickled radish and avocado purée
Second course Crispy egg, bacon and peas
Third course Crème fraîche risotto, with apple and Gruyère espuma
Fourth course Churrasco picanha (grilled rump) with farofa (toasted cassava) and artichoke
Fifth course Chocolate-citrus sphere with praline and salted caramel
Sixth course Snow White: white-chocolate and raspberry pearl, vanilla mousse, litchi sorbet and coconut espuma

Whether you’re looking to celebrate a birthday, or disappear for a romantic date night in the Winelands, Rust en Vrede is a superb choice.

Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 11pm
Cost R790 (six courses)
R1 380 (six courses with wine pairing)
Contact details 021 881 3757,
Address Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
Book through DinePlan

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