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Springfontein Eats

5 Reviews
Fine-dining food, Modern
Phone Number 0283410571 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Thursday to Sunday (last Order 1.30pm) 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday (last order 8.30pm) 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Menu

Menu - Springfontein Eats Menu Card  - Updated November 2019

Details

Cost
3 Course Menu : R 440
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern
Corkage
R 90
Cost
3 Course Menu : R 440
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food

Owner's description

Situated at the picturesque Springfontein Estate (Stanford), Springfontein Eats is owned by renowned German restauranteur and chef Jurgen Schneider. Schneider, who is the owner of several Michelin star restaurants in Germany moved to South Africa with his wine connoisseur wife Susanne and opened Springfontein Eats to delight the taste buds of eager foodies. Seasonal menus compose of intriguing flavours with the use of local ingredients.

Be adventurous and try a 5 course set menu of: herbs, sweetcorn with chicken, dune spinach with trout, stuffed mushroom in black stock, veal with cauliflower and coriander with South African fruits accompanied by a great bottle of wine.

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    A little way out of Joburg (okay actually a 2-hour plane trip and then a 2-hour drive down the coast with time to stop and enjoy the views over Gordon’s Bay) you will find @Springfontein Eats - an incredible restaurant tucked away in the sleepy village of Stanford. The kitchen presided over by talented “Flavour Bender” and Michelin Star Chef Jurgen Schneider delivers dish after dish of spectacular taste combinations which will delight every gourmand, hedonistic pleasure seeker or self proclaimed foodie - each course is delightfully intriguing with a whimsical playfulness - every mouthful packs a flavour punch which has you guessing the ingredient which takes the dish from excellent to “OMG” - true “art on a plate” in every sense. The 4,5 or 6 course degustation menu is excellent value for money with additional amuse bouche and after dinner delights from the kitchen leaving you ... well ... delighted. With a seasonal menu which changes regularly it is difficult to recommend a favorite but the potato, bacon amuse bouche, the trout, lemon, broccoli and the seafood, pea, mint were certainly stand out dishes - and all this accompanied by excellent service from Susan and her team - friendly, authentic and truly welcoming while still managing to be unobtrusively professional and on point. Phenomenal food, superb wine list, excellent service and a touch of whimsy make this a “must do” - suggest start planning your trip now - we will definitely be back
    I was so disappointed with the service, or lack thereof. We were seated in the Barn and therefore missed the beautiful ambiance. This restaurant was recommended to me, as I was with a group of high end guests. Each dish, regardless of filler or our order was plomped down without any description of what was being served. I had to ask for a description on 3 dishes I expected more interaction with regards to the wines, there was none. We were left to make our own choice without knowing anything about the wines. It took over an hour for desert to be brought. After asking twice. The explanation being that the desert took a long time to cook. As an experienced chef, I would have thought he would have a better handle on his timing. I understand a leisurely lunch, but this was unacceptably slow. I have dined at other restaurants on the 30 best restaurant list, and feel Stilfontein Eats should train their staff better to be on a par with other nominations. I have sent the restaurant an email expressing my disappointment, and as of today have not had the courtersy of a reply.

    We chose this restaurant for our 10th anniversary thinking we'd be eating at an unassuming little country kitchen near our accommodation (Standford River Lodge). Boy, did we have another thing coming! This is one of the top 5 dining experiences I have ever had in my life. The liver, mushroom and quails egg was Earth-shatteringly delicious. The calf's tongue starter changed my life. The Terroir Selection Pinotage was like something from a different planet. I am a better person now than I was before I ate at this restaurant. Fine dining at its absolute best, and an absolute gem tucked away in a beautiful corner of Walker Bay. Bodes very well for another 10 years of marriage...

    Springfontein Eats was a surprise. It's not often that I'm caught totally unawares by a truly exceptional restaurant in the Cape. However, in this instance we were recommended to a restaurant that exceeds all expectations. Quite why they are not in the top 10 is beyond me and having visited the Test Kitchen, Overture, Terroir and The Tasting Room etc within the past 6 months, Springfontein Eats more than deserves to be recognised. There is some serious pedigree at work here and the Michelin heritage shines through. At first look, the menu is small and simple, but given the various little amuse bouches and in between tastings, the minimum 4 courses was way more than enough, although I understand the kitchen tempers the portions depending on the quantity of courses ordered. Given that they use the wonderful Stanford local produce, taste and texture is key here. It's not overly fussy or complicated and that is the winning combination that sets it apart. A rare bonus is the quality of the staff. Superbly trained and knowledgable and even on a very full night, wonderfully attentive but not intrusive. By far and away the best service I have experienced in any South African Restaurant in the past 10 years. The interior is warm and welcoming, yet light and beautifully lit as befitting a contemporary country restaurant. Nothing stuffy or frilly. 5 star all the way.
    … keep that secret!

    Since the restaurant opened up in October 2013 we had been there several times.
    Once you know that gem stone hidden in Stanford ...
    you will find how many things to do in the near just to have an excuse to go there again ... for lunch or dinner.

    Lovely farm environment, stylish renewed farmhouse, warm welcome and very friendly professional service, an open kitchen concept: - the chef likes to talk to his guests-, and ... of course the most important thing in a restaurant: magnificent food. Local product in creative arrangements and prepared to perfection with well thought recipes ... ideas on the plate, like the “Springfontain Burger” as an amuse that we had the last time.

    For us the best food in the Western Cape that we have been to during the last 9 years.

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