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Rust en Vrede Restaurant

  • Location 27218813757
  • Phone Number Rust en Vrede Wine Estate, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
  • Website URL http://www.rustenvrede.com
  • Opening Hours

    Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6.30pm -close

Ambience
Classic elegance, Contemporary cool
Food
Fine-dining, French, Modern
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Critic's review

Food
Everything you’ve heard about this restaurant is true: the service is excellent, the space captivating and the attention to detail unparalleled. From the magical bread course of mini Guinness loaves and goat’s butter to petits fours at meal’s end, it’s an enchanting experience. Chef John Shuttleworth  impresses with strikingly plated dishes that are cleverly put together, yet never overworked. A starter of pan-seared marron served in a Jerusalem artichoke velouté is sweet, earthy, elegant. The duck and pork terrine is a lesson in balance, with pickled romanesco, sweet raisins and smooth cubes of foie gras. The tarragon gnocchi with a foam-like cloud of smoked tomato purée, sweetbreads and parmesan is another highlight. Dessert might take the form of gingerbread soufflé with apple sorbet and Calvados crème anglaise. Don’t let the cheese trolley, with its remarkable selection and accompaniments of aged balsamic, grape preserves and truffle honey, pass you by. It’s heavenly. The final petit four, a paper-wrapped chocolate brownie delivered at the end of the meal, demonstrates sensational attention to detail.

Wine
An extensive wine list, clearly aimed at those with deep pockets, is ably presented by the knowledgeable sommelier Barry Schofield. Estate wines are not overly pushed, and suggested wine pairings work exceedingly well.

Service
Slick, attentive and highly knowledgeable, the level of service is deserving of its reputation.

Ambience
Located inside the wine cellar of this captivating estate, this is a very elegant and refined restaurant. The gleaming showcase kitchen is complemented by a luxurious, spacious interior.

Comments by the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards judges

“This is exciting food cooked with confidence, often leading to moments of awed silence.” – Abigail Donnelly

“A journey of art, flavour and texture.” – Reuben Riffel

(August 2014)

User reviews

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    Pretty bad, dinner for 4, pretentious wine steward, salty burned food, poor service When we complained politely about the food, we received absolutely no come back at all, no sorry, no management, nothing, this was not a case of not wanting to pay the bill, but to acknowledge the problem. Overrated, pretentious and snobbish, uncomfortable atmosphere, what is the point in having ladies opening the door for you, when the management does not have the decency to acknowledge a problem, in any Restaurant one can have a bad meal after all we are all human, the problem is to disrespect your customer so much as to just ignore it. Never again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    In my opinion should have been the restaurant of the year. Have eaten there twice in last three months. Concur that it has the best service and wine list. Food, wine and service just excellent. Can have a meaningful comparison, have eaten at seven of top ten restaurants in 2013 and nine out of ten for 2012.

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    Dining at the Rust en Vrede was an absolutely amazing experience! Definitely the best service at a restaurant we have ever experiened! Food was divine! Scallops was yum! Desserts were divine!

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    Beautiful setting and ambiance marred by invasive, hovering service. Interesting, flavoursome food in miniscule portions messily plated with aesthetically little visual appeal. Overpriced and underwhelming.

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    We had not been to Rust en Vrede since David Higgs left for Johannesburg... shame on us. The food was such a pleasant surprise, with an amazing choice of dishes with interesting ingredients cooked with perfection.

    As Abigail Donnelly described it at the Eat Out Awards this year, a fork dropping moment with the lemon thyme pannacotta and turnip ice cream, unbelievable!

    With 10 waiters, managers, sommeliers, barmen and hostesses on the floor for 30 dinners, you are guaranteed to experience service by excellence!

    Will go back, and back and back

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Menu

Set menu: R620 for four courses, R750 for six courses (R1150 with wine)

Specials

The Estate Experience

A unique creation for that day, for you, that cannot be re-created in its entirety because of the limited quantities of special produce used for the food and the scarcity of the wines selected. The Estate Experience Menu is a gastronomic journey of ten courses for which the estate requires a minimum of 24 hours notice in order for preparations to be made.

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dress code
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Wheelchair

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