Fine dining at Catharina's Restaurant - Steenberg Wine Farm
When you arrive at Catharina's Restaurant, which is situated on the historical Steenberg Estate - the oldest farm in the Cape - you cannot help but be entranced by its almost mystical atmosphere. Age-old oak trees, lush green gardens and perfectly manicured lawns frame the gorgeous original Dutch-Colonial architecture. Of course the magnificent mountainous backdrop provides additional drama to the already spectacular setting.
The restaurant is named after European emigrant, Catharina Ustings Ras. A heroine in her own right, she was responsible for turning Steenberg into a successfully operating farm with her clever business sense, fearlessness and courage. It is only natural that homage should be paid to such an iconic woman. Hence this beautiful eatery's inspiring decor reflects Steenberg's unique heritage, and is a tribute to its original patroness.
The calm and sophisticated mood of the stunning space is perfectly complimented by its stylish yet hearty fare. A mouthwatering menu of contemporary comfort cuisine, featuring the freshest local produce and immaculate wines from the farm and beyond, will tempt and tease the noblest of gourmands. And a team of talented chefs execute every unpretentious dish with palpable passion, delivering a lingering taste experience that leaves one entirely satisfied.
I admire executive chef Archie Maclean's distinct ability to transform simple ingredients into magnificent plates of food. His approach showcases a clever combination of delicate and robust flavors, a generous diversity of textures as well as expert cooking skills. Ultimately, Catharina's is an exceptional and exquisite fine dining destination worthy of a special journey.
* I dined at Catharina's as a mystery guest on my own account