Fodor's Expert Review Rust en Vrede
When you arrive at this gorgeous old Dutch farmhouse, a staff member greets you outside the door, suggesting a pre-dinner drink on the rose-trellised terrace: the perfect introduction to your evening at one of South Africa's top-ranked restaurants. A dining room of exposed yellowwood beams, plush chairs, photos of the estate owner and company, and a scarlet-and-cream color scheme create a warm and elegant atmosphere with a masculine no-nonsense element. A four- (R550) or six-course tasting menu (R680) keeps things deceptively simple with complex flavors like the sublime ajo blanco (white gazpacho) soup with white peach, Champagne jelly, and fresh honeycomb as well as the roasted baby chicken with curried mango and coriander. Service is exquisite all the way. An incredibly knowledgeable sommelier, wine pairing options, and surprisingly reasonably priced wine list complete the picture. For a real splurge, opt for the Estate Experience (R2,000): four to five hours of culinary surpris. They won't tell you what's on the menu, but you won't be disappointed.
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7600, South Africa
- Over-the-top tasting menu
- Exquisite service
- Reasonably priced wines