Rust en Vrede Restaurant

Rust en Vrede Restaurant
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Set menu: R720 for four courses; R850 for six courses (R1450 with wine); R2200 for the Estate Experience Menu
Groups, Special occasions
Fine-dining food, French, Modern
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Critic's review

John Maytham

A leisurely meal at Rust en Vrede – and it would be a sin to rush an experience of this quality – is a journey through a world where a classic sensibility is applied to very contemporary dishes; where the provenance of the ingredient is as important as its treatment in the kitchen; where balance reigns supreme.

For example, all John Shuttleworth’s dishes contain elements that are hot, cold, and at room temperature. The menu changes regularly, and every course has three options, each as tempting as the next.

The Mushroom and Forest Floor is exemplary and delicious almost beyond words. Locally foraged pine ring and chicken of the woods mushrooms and a mushroom tea provide umami heaven, and the pièce de résistance is what looks like a freshly picked chestnut mushroom, and is actually a gel covering a shiitake mousse, studded with crème-fraîche drops – almost too gorgeous to eat.

The hazelnut-crusted seabass is perfectly cooked and optimally accompanied by a Jerusalem artichoke purée, black garlic, sliced hazelnuts and the cutest enoki mushrooms – contrast and complement perfectly merged. Equally good is crown-roasted duck breast with boudin blanc, buttered cabbage and white-onion purée. A look around the restaurant tells you that order envy is rampant.

There surely cannot be another wine list in the country that is as extensive and as interesting – all 128 pages of it. It needs its own trolley! Look forward to page after page of Champagne options – no local bubblies served here – and a comprehensive ride through local and international cellars. There are bottles that are eye-wateringly expensive, but also local and foreign examples that are much easier on the budget. There is a very pleasing selection of intriguing wines by the glass. Your best bet is to share a broad preference with sommelier Barry Scholfield and leave the detail to him.

Rust en Vrede is a regular gong collector in service competitions, and it’s easy to understand why. The staff here know and care about the food; they know when to leave diners alone and when to arrive discreetly at the table. They are super-efficient and very attentive, but without losing their own friendly personalities.

You dine in a centuries-old building that has been restored with taste and affection. Family photographs adorn the walls and the environment is warm and welcoming. Linen, tableware and glassware are of the highest quality.

Don’t over-indulge on the breads. Keep some, and the sweet potato and goat’s cheese butters, to mop up a sauce or two.

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • We saved up and went for the Estate experience (with wine pairing). We were blown away! John Maytham’s review says it all. Most memorable evening.
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  • Last week Thursday, the 11th of January, I got to be as lucky as one could be, to celebrate the most exciting day of my life at Rust en Vrede. With the help of the head chef Fabio and the head pastry chef, Izelle, I was blessed the opportunity to ask the love of my life to marry me. It was a yes, and it’s a heck yes to the question of whether we will return there for future celebrations. My fiancé and I have a considerable amount of history in the hospitality industry and this was the most wonderfully run kitchen I have ever seen. Every plate of food we had was perfect. Every wine that was paired with each course perfectly complimented the food served in that course. The service was incredible. Rust en Vrede is by far now my favourite restaurant even after just one visit. What truly made the experience though, wasn’t just the food. It was the love and care that everyone there puts into making sure that everything runs smoothly and that you as an individual feel comfortable and that you enjoy every aspect of your time there. I was a complete ball of nerves the entire day and once I arrived at Rust en Vrede and everyone gave me their support and went out of their way to make me feel more calm. Everyone who works there was in on the secret and they kept it and were genuinely excited to share the moment with my fiancé and I. Furthermore they in their own way celebrated with us while still delivering the best service and food to every individual in the restaurant. I am truly blown away. Thank you Fabio and your team. Thanks to you we had the most wonderful evening and got to celebrate the most exciting day in our lives with you and for that we are truly grateful. I would recommend Rust en Vrede to anyone for any occasion. They make five star feel like home. From the future Versfelds a huge thank you once again.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
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  • Eat Out reviewed
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  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Wheelchair

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