Chef from Michelin-starred restaurant to open avant-garde restaurant on Cape wine estate

Brace yourselves, Western Cape, there’s yet another exciting new restaurant opening coming. The executive chef at Michelin-starred Merchants Restaurant in London, Chef Rikku Ò’Donnchü, will be heading up a brand new fine-dining restaurant called Gåte that will open in Stellenbosch this November.


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The 40-seater restaurant will be located at Quoin Rock Wines in the Knorhoek Valley. Chef Rikku – who has worked alongside several decorated chefs, including Marco Pierre White, Thomas Keller and Heston Blumenthal – will be supported by head chef Warwick King, who has previously worked at The Stack and Delaire Graff.


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Rikku is set to bring his contemporary approach to cuisine to Gåte. The offering will boast a marriage of avant-garde with the freshest local produce the land has to offer to create a theatrical dining experience.


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The 16-course tasting menu will feature dishes like a molecular take on ramen, with noodles, waygu beef, crispy quail egg and a wagyu broth; and a dish called The Black Pearl, featuring scallops two ways with gorgonzola, Valrhona white chocoalte, beluga caviar and cauliflower vanilla purée.

Gåte will open mid-November and will be open for dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays and lunches on Sundays. Stay tuned to Eat Out for further details.

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