In the heart of Suid-Agter-Paarl, a new dining destination is set to captivate food and wine lovers – Vrymansfontein. The name reflects the centuries-old farm’s renewed spirit and is envisioned as a contemporary destination with breathtaking views. Originally conceived as a wine-tasting facility for Vondeling, it has evolved into a multifaceted experience featuring a wine-tasting facility, an indoor restaurant, and two alfresco dining options.
Chef Kevin Grobler (formerly of The Grande Roche Hotel, Delaire Graff and Restaurant JAN in Nice, France) has taken the helm at Vrymansfontein, embracing a cooking philosophy rooted in simplicity and refined elegance. With a commitment to using the very best local and seasonal produce, his approach will focus on flavour and produce.
There are three separate dining areas to choose from; SCAPE will feature Mediterranean-inspired shared plates, The Tree Bar will offer easygoing Levantine small plates and The Gardens will serve a more laidback menu. Expect dishes like roasted fish, a four-ingredient steak tartare, and the house-favourite, veldt-reared rotisserie chicken.
Informed by the local area, the interiors at SCAPE feature natural tones punctuated with deep blues, creating a sophisticated and inviting atmosphere. Noteworthy design details, such as oversized cork hanging pendants custom-made by Laurie Wiid, pay homage to Vondeling’s wine heritage.
Vrymansfontein is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 10pm during the summer season (with potential changes in winter).