Helena's Restaurant at Coopmanhuijs serves heritage food with finesse, often with a subtle twist, thus turning the familiar into the spectacular. The menu places emphasis on freshness and provenance. A concise, expertly curated menu offers local classics like Chalmar beef fillet and fresh line fish alongside elegant, deboned quail and Duck Pâté with Provençal Black Olive Jam.
Helena's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily to in-house guests and visitors on their terrace, in the dinning room and poolside in the tranquil courtyard.
The chic wine bar at Coopmanhuijs offers some of the finest local wines and should the weather prescribe, a fire is always burning in the cosy lounge.
This restaurant in Stellenbosch did not disappoint. I struggled to get parking as Church Street is a busy and trendy dining area in Stellenbosch. It’s café after café and choosing where to dine can be difficult. So I decided to choose a restaurant based on reviews. This restaurant has an enormous amount of 5-star reviews, and I must admit that I was excited when I called to book my table. So regardless of the parking and an almost packed restaurant, my partner and I were seated on a beautiful veranda table. These tables are popular so definitely mention it when you book to ensure a veranda seat.
We started with the savory souffle. My oh my. Chef Kyle outdid himself with presentation and flavor sensations. The dish is beautifully presented, and it feels as light as a cloud in your mouth.
For Mains, we decided on the pan-seared fish and lamb. The menu reads Pan-seared Norwegian salmon, tomato and red pepper quinoa, steamed prawns Fresh asparagus, sweet corn purée and Braised shoulder of Karoo Lamb (Certified Karoo Meat of Origin) with cumin-infused lamb gravy Potato fondant, creamed beets, roasted baby carrots, grilled courgettes, and red onion. We paired the lamb with a bottle of merlot; Rust en Vrede Estate Vintage 2015. Try it; you will not be disappointed. The two truly brings out the best of each other.
We were spoiled for choice on dessert. Don’t be fooled when ordering the Malva Pudding. Helena’s malva pudding is a dessert with a modern heritage twist that should not be missed!
The end of our dining experienced called for a small port.
Helena’s will always remind me of exceptional service, food with finesse and a wine collection that competes with the best of them!
Excellent service with great food and wine. Always a winner!
Fine dining in the most beautiful, elegant setting in Stellenbosch with well trained, professional staff - unforgettable.
Helena and Andre's personal touch and attention to detail sets this restaurant apart from the rest.
Morne van Dyk
Fantastic food, service and setting - perfect restaurant to compliment the 5 star hotel in which it is situated.
What I enjoyed most of my experience was the ambiance of the restaurant, sat outside in the front,and despite it facing a busy road.
Definitely a must if you appreciate good food