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Helena’s Restaurant

Helena’s Restaurant
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Cost
R195 avg main meal
Ambience
Business meetings, Groups, Special occasions
Food
French, Modern, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa, Zapper
Corkage
R60

Critic's review

Lynda Ingham-Brown

Food

Located in one of the first grand residences in Stellenbosch, which dates back to 1713 and is now a hotel, Helena’s is a stylish retreat from the busy street. The dinner menu includes starters such as gin-cured Franschhoek trout with tonic jelly and pickled fennel; duck liver pâté with pistachios; a meze platter of charcuterie and cheeses; and risotto with wild mushrooms from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Grana Padano and truffle oil.

Mains offer beef fillet with potatoes cooked in lamb fat, baby carrots, roasted cauliflower purée and bone marrow; rack and shoulder of Karoo lamb with charred brinjal, fine beans, pearl couscous, chakalaka and yoghurt; smoked locally sourced pork loin with rooibos-infused potato purée, braised pearl onions, crispy fried Brussels sprout leaves and tender roasted candied golden beetroot. Portions are generous, so choose carefully!

There is also a linefish of the day served with tomato-and-olive relish, baby spinach and pea purée, and a seafood “ensemble” of West Coast rock lobster, prawns, linefish, mussels and calamari. Desserts are traditional and comforting and include “Japie se Gunsteling” – a citrus sponge pudding with home-made granadilla ice cream; bruléed sago pudding with stewed fruit; vanilla ice cream with toasted walnuts, all topped with moskonfyt; pavlova with lemon curd and granadilla; New York-style cheesecake; dark chocolate fondant with mint ice cream and raspberries; or a platter of local artisanal cheeses with preserves and home-made biscuits.

Drinks

Wines and MCC by the glass and bottle, beers and soft drinks.

Service

Unobtrusively attentive, friendly and professional.

Ambience

Stylish and understated. Sit inside the main dining room under the antique yellowwood ceiling, or in the glass-walled conservatory overlooking the pool.

And…
Stay overnight at the hotel to complete the experience.

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User reviews

  • This restaurant in Stellenbosch did not disappoint. I struggled to get parking as Church Street is a busy and trendy dining area in Stellenbosch. It’s café after café and choosing where to dine can be difficult. So I decided to choose a restaurant based on reviews. This restaurant has an enormous amount of 5-star reviews, and I must admit that I was excited when I called to book my table. So regardless of the parking and an almost packed restaurant, my partner and I were seated on a beautiful veranda table. These tables are popular so definitely mention it when you book to ensure a veranda seat. We started with the savory souffle. My oh my. Chef Kyle outdid himself with presentation and flavor sensations. The dish is beautifully presented, and it feels as light as a cloud in your mouth. For Mains, we decided on the pan-seared fish and lamb. The menu reads Pan-seared Norwegian salmon, tomato and red pepper quinoa, steamed prawns Fresh asparagus, sweet corn purée and Braised shoulder of Karoo Lamb (Certified Karoo Meat of Origin) with cumin-infused lamb gravy Potato fondant, creamed beets, roasted baby carrots, grilled courgettes, and red onion. We paired the lamb with a bottle of merlot; Rust en Vrede Estate Vintage 2015. Try it; you will not be disappointed. The two truly brings out the best of each other. We were spoiled for choice on dessert. Don’t be fooled when ordering the Malva Pudding. Helena’s malva pudding is a dessert with a modern heritage twist that should not be missed! The end of our dining experienced called for a small port. Helena’s will always remind me of exceptional service, food with finesse and a wine collection that competes with the best of them!
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  • Excellent service with great food and wine. Always a winner!
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  • Fine dining in the most beautiful, elegant setting in Stellenbosch with well trained, professional staff - unforgettable. Helena and Andre's personal touch and attention to detail sets this restaurant apart from the rest.
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  • Fantastic food, service and setting - perfect restaurant to compliment the 5 star hotel in which it is situated. What I enjoyed most of my experience was the ambiance of the restaurant, sat outside in the front,and despite it facing a busy road. Definitely a must if you appreciate good food
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  • We attended a wine pairing evening. The food was excellent - the chefs are on par with any of the well known chefs in and around Stellenbosch! The service matched the food perfectly. Congratulations.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Hotel
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Serves food
  • WiFi

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