This small but sassy eatery features Northern Cape-born chef Stef van Vuuren as the king in a kitchen that tempts with strong French/Asian flavours with a local spin. There’s a big focus on produce and seasonal availability, as well as traditional and classic methods. Stef has developed his own style, with a few spectacular dishes deserving special mention; these include his oriental pork loin with oyster and lentil sauce, baked apple and crackling; a curry that he has spiced personally; or an Irish-inspired lamb shank with a wonderfully developed taste and texture. You can be assured of an excellent meal.
They have extended their wine list. The accent is white and red blends, with unusual wineries like Black Oyster Catcher, and Newton Johnson coming in as strong contender. They also host monthly wine and food pairings.
It’s intimate and relaxed, but not in your face, with personal attention by Stef and partner and front of house man Athlone Mills.
Coming here feels like visiting a close friend for supper. The welcome is warm and the space exudes individuality, with some works by Mills (an artist in own right) adorning the walls of the different rooms. There’s also an enclosed stoep as dining space.
Keep an ear to the ground for their monthly food and wine pairings. Only an hour or two from the Gauteng cities, this is a perfect option for a quick get-away.