Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of Helderberg surrounded by beautiful wine farms and sprawling green mountains. On the estate you will find a hotel, spa, one of the best golf courses in the country and also chef Stefan Bekker’s restaurant, Stefan’s.
Stefan’s is an intimate fine dining experience in a modern yet comfortable setting. The restaurant was designed to create a sophisticated and chic space, where diners could enjoy unique dishes without it feeling too pretentious. The interior is a mixture of mediums such as brass, herringbone, wall panelling, parquet court floors and a warm colour palette with a black wool tartan carpet.
This is accompanied by soft, warm lighting and a burning fireplace, which is a centrepiece that ties the place together. Furthermore, you can expect friendly, informative staff and a welcome glass of champagne upon arrival. In terms of the crockery, a special mention needs to be made for the beautiful ceramic plates handmade by Chef Stefan himself!
Chef Stefan Bekker’s Table d’hôte menu has the option of seven or ten flavoursome courses for dinner, which changes with the seasons. These exceptional dishes with a worldly influence (Bekker’s ten year experience and background includes spending years crafting his culinary skills in Qatar and England) are beautifully presented and very much Instagram worthy. Out of the current selection, some personal favourites include the grilled seabass with tiger’s milk, fennel, nori tuile, chilli and citrus, as well as a wonderful vegetarian option in the mushroom consommé, miso eggplant, open nem and coconut foam. These imaginative sample dishes make use of regional and seasonal ingredients.
Overall, Stefan’s is a unique experience with wonderful flavours within a comfortable, beautiful setting that will stay with you for a long time. Make sure to make a booking and take the drive up Lourensford Road to Stefan’s the next time you’re in the Somerset West area — you won’t be disappointed.
1 Erinvale Ave, Erinvale Golf Estate, Cape Town, 7130
021 847 1160
Words by Patrick Visser