Located on the corner of Andringa and Dorp Street, Stellenbosch Kitchen promises a serene atmosphere with delicious food and friendly, efficient service to boot.
With their “pasture-to-plate” approach, diners are assured of fresh, quality ingredients which, according to them, are only sourced from within a 50 km distance of Stellenbosch.
Although prices aren’t necessarily student budget friendly, the Spring Special is well worth splurging on. For R75 you receive a monster burger, spicy aïoli, onion marmalade and Healey’s cheddar on a sesame seed bun.
For the non-meat lovers there’s a wide variety of vegetarian dishes. For the same price of R75 you can order ale-battered hake, hand-cut potato chips, tartare sauce, charred lemon and mushy peas. Should a family member with a bigger wallet be in town, treat yourself to braised lamb shank with roasted baby potatoes or risotto with exotic mushrooms, Grana Padano and truffle oil.
However, the biggest attraction might be the “buy one get another free” deal on Tuesdays and Thursdays on beer or any glass or bottle of Neil Ellis wine.
Located in a national monument building that previously housed the Jan Cats Restaurant and Ladies Bar, the restaurant offers a one of kind indoor or outdoor experience. Balmy summer evenings can be spent on the porch, while the inside hosts a cosy fireplace for chilly Stellenbosch winter evenings. Noisy traffic on Dorp Street’s side might be the only downside to the otherwise ideal location.
The wait staff are friendly and helpful, without being too persistent. With its focus on sustainable use of the region’s finest seasonal ingredients, Stellenbosch Kitchen offers hearty, fresh food that draws inspiration from dishes from around the world.
Photo: Nina Fouché