The Skotnes Restaurant at Norval Foundation: Dining at an Art Museum

The Skotnes Restaurant at Norval Foundation: Dining at an Art Museum Claire Gunn

Situated within a lush sculpture garden, with mountain and vineyard vistas, this contemporary restaurant serves traditional South African fare with a modern twist.

Located in the serene Steenberg wetlands, with the majestic Constantiaberg mountains to the one side and the verdant forests of Steenberg on the other, Norval Foundation is a world-class art destination, and Cape Town’s answer to MOMA.

And, in addition to showcasing thought-provoking exhibitions, the feted museum is also home to a restaurant that delivers in its own right.

Scenic Steenberg

Skotnes Restaurant Menu
Claire Gunn

Named after legendary local artist and teacher Cecil Skotnes, the restaurant overlooks mountains, vineyards and a lush garden populated by impressive sculptures. And, as you’d expect of a restaurant located in a world-class museum, the interior design is impressive, with contemporary features and warm furnishings that create a relaxed and homely atmosphere.

Artful cuisine

Skotnes Menu
Claire Gunn

The menu, overseen by executive chef Phil de Villiers, pays homage to traditional South African dishes, but with a modern twist on flavours, and ingredients – where possible – are sourced from local suppliers.

Two popular dishes are the lamb bobotie with butternut fritters, apricot, mebos chutney, and aromatic rice; and the peri-peri chicken, with corn tacos, cucumber coleslaw, amasi and mango salsa. The menu also lists recommended wines to pair with each dish.

The breakfast menu features items such as pampoen koekies (pumpkin fritters), with camembert, cinnamon and fynbos honey; and chakalaka shakshuka with eggs and amasi, served with fire-roasted bread.

Vegetarians and vegans will be happy to know there’s a menu catering specifically to them, with options such as lentil, chickpea, and chia-seed burger; and cauliflower bake and roasted vegetables with romesco sauce.

There’s also a selection of decadent desserts, courtesy of in-house pastry chef, Isca Stoltz – perfect for a post-exhibition wind-down. The Skotnes peppermint tart with dulce de leche, peppermint crisp, sugar snaps and milk chocolate sounds heavenly!

Artful adventures

The Skotnes Restaurant Menu
Claire Gunn

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Skotnes Restaurant & Bar is a decidedly civilised way to end (or start) an exhilarating outing to this world-class art gallery, providing an excellent experience to go with Norval Foundation’s artful adventures.

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