‘House’-restaurants are often short lived, but Stef’s Table has been around for more than eight years, and is a respected establishment not only in the community, but by other restaurateurs. It is homely, but that is part of the charm.
The menu is carefully compiled to offer varied options – think garlic snails in brandy butter with bacon croutons or Spanish style prawn tails with ginger and cumin as starters. The double baked brie and mustard soufflé is simply delicious. Mains include lamb curry, oxtail, Sea Bass with capers and fennel butter, Malayan lamb shank with cured lamb and nartjie, and for dessert, baked fondant or crème brulée.
They have an extensive wine list for such a small establishment, and have won various awards for it. Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc, Neil Patterson Chenin Blanc, Quando Mourvedre Rose, D’Aria The Soprano Shiraz Reserve and many more.
Service Owners Stefan van Vuuren and Athlone Mills take turns in the dining-room, giving hands-on and engaging service that creates a reassuring atmosphere that allows for stress-free dining.
Ambience Even though one is well aware that the restaurant forms part of a home, it is professionally operated. There is unfortunately no view of the dam from the tables, but a small verandah allows some views. An inviting fireplace, individual knee blankets, fresh flowers, antique dressers, ‘Tiffany’-style lamps and a chandelier made from crystal glasses makes for a very unique atmosphere. They present many food and wine pairing dinners where chef Stefan gets to prepare dishes that might not always work on an a la carte menu – spiced quail or a lamb neck pomegranate braisage, for example.
Best for... Delicious home cooking with a twist.
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It was my honey's birthday night when we ate out at Stef's Table. The ambiance screamed romantic and classy, yet home. We had a specialised menu (which we have kept as a memento). The chardonnay was amazing, the starter was also out of this world, beautiful and succulent, with a nice buttery touch. The main course was divine, fresh and very filling. Stef and Athlone took us in and turned the whole experience into a birthday gift I could have never anticipated. Some words of wisdom were shared from the older generation to the new generation, it felt like home and having a passionate father to pass on all the wealth he has gained, and thanks to Stef and Athlone, we continue to grow strong. I recommend this place for anyone. Thank you Stef and Athlone. P.S. The chandelier is a must see.
-Nhlanhla & Amandla
I would rate this hidden heaven a 10 if I could...My first experience at this little masterpiece was so magical I was left with no words to scribe a review.It feels like home... the hosts (Stef and partner) are so attentive to detail, they are interactive, passionate and simply a pleasure. The food is culinary excellence. The place is warm, intimate and relaxing. I have been there three times and every time I leave more wow'ed than the previous time.If you want meaning and understanding of FINE dinning,I recommend you visit this place. Thank You: Stefs and Athlone
Werner Janse van Rensburg
Definitely the best restaurant in Hartbeespoort.
Stef and Athlone are wonderful hosts.
Its like fine dining at a friends house.
Had dinner with Stef and Athlone again last night. How can the perfect restaurant get better? I don't know but it seems as if Stef and Athlone manage to surpass all expectations every time we go there. If you haven't been there - just go...........
We were there last night and i just want to say that this is one of the best Gay owned and run restaurants we have ever been...this is a must for those with a bucket list and to end it with that choc fondant..Stef you and Atholone will see us again...love the decor aswell as the personal service that you give each and every table...well done...this was the best annaverjaarsarie ever....Wian & Johan Maas