This was one of the gastronomic highlights of a recent trip to South Africa, where we spent a fair bit of time in Stellenbosch. The name refers to the fact that the beautifully appointed, spacious, airy dining room used to be a post office, and it’s found on the corner of Plein and Bird streets. Old school charm, nicely furnished.
The lunchtime menu is small plates, and the standard of cooking here is fantastic. We liked everything, and sticking mostly to vegetarian dishes, we didn’t feel we were missing out (some Stellenbosch restaurants are really for meat eaters only). For dinner, the small plates menu isn’t available, and instead it’s a set menu only at R895, which is quite expensive by South African standards, but is likely to be excellent if the lunch menu is anything to go by. There’s a generous R100 corkage policy, but alas just one bottle is allowed per table.
The wine list is pretty good, but this time we didn’t raid it – it was lunchtime and we weren’t drinking much, just opting for a glass of the house Semillon made for the restaurant by Catherine Marshall.
Next time I have time in Stellenbosch, this will be the first place I try to make a reservation at.