It’s a small, but smart kitchen with chef Stef van Vuuren making the choices about the cuisine on the day. They keep it simple, but the choice is sassy with a green Thai prawn starter and a duck Margret a l’orange – his signature dishes. Ingredients are fresh and the menu is determined by the produce. It’s personal, with delicious food.
A small, pleasing wine list.
Enough time should be allowed for the personal experience.
It’s a bit like visiting home, with this two-man show (Stef in the kitchen and his partner Athlone Mills front-of-house) run in a relaxed style to make sure everyone is smiling. There’s an eclectic air to the charming interiors, which lend an individuality that is rare and to be cherished.
A 60-minute drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg, the escape is worth the time. (DdeB, October 2012)
Have been there quite a few times. For my one birthday he made a memorable fillet with chocolate and chilli sauce. The ginger and prawn starter is a favorite and the duck is absolutely cooked to perfection. The desserts are always fresh and delightful.
After a number of visits I have come to the conclusion that Stef is one of those rare people who cooks like a dream but at the same time makes food that people want to eat. Small but immensely rewarding menu, superb personal service and fantastic ambience. Definitely worth the drive from jusy about anywhere...well done Stef and Athlone!