We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“really good food”
Review of Apprentice Restaurant - CLOSED

Apprentice Restaurant
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Contemporary, Wine Bar
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Buffet, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Owned and managed by the ICA chef school and run entirely by the students, APPRENTICE boasts a modern interior and relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Patrons can also enjoy the vibrant surroundings with alfresco seating under giant oaks.Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, offering an extended brunch menu till 4pm.
Reviewed March 15, 2013

This restaurant is mainly staffed by apprentice chefs and waiting staff so to be honest, we weren't expecting to much.
The restaurant isn't plush or swanky but the food was actually very good with some interesting taste elements that made for a really good dining experience. For instance, the carrot and ginger soup had a piece of coconut coated and flavoured marshmallow on top which slowly melted giving a smooth and really mouthwatering taste combination. My husband's main course was really well cooked but mine was a little overpowered by the wafer thin slice of pickled cauliflower, I don't know, maybe a bit too much of the vinegar got onto my plate. Also the very rare, (almost blue) venison steak was a little under-done for me as it was such a thick piece and the heat hadn't managed to penetrate right to the centre of the meat leaving it just raw in the middle. Both of these mistakes were really minor but the whole balance of flavours, for me, didn't quite work. However, the ingenuity behind the dishes and the overall presentation was five star given that the chefs are still in training.
Service was variable, some staff really good, others a bit quiet and offish.
Saying all that, I would go back because the food is so different and when it works, (which I suspect is most of the time) it is more like fine dining at a fraction of the cost.
Certainly worth a go.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank SMD1966
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviews (124)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

20 - 24 of 124 reviews

Reviewed March 15, 2013

We've had dinner twice at Apprentice. It has a cosy atmosphere and a nice small menu. But the first time, the special offer of Kingklip was not available. This may happen once. But the second time, the Lamb pie was also not available. With such a small menu, this is quite annoying. Furthermore, service was a bit chaotic and amateuristic. For example: putting down new glasses for wine, but putting the wine in the old glasses and leaving the new glasses empty on table. It seems as if the students had some aftermath of klein zaterdag. Both times, the food was really tasty though and also the house wine was excellent.
One more con. The coffee machine was broken, but the alternative offered: Café americano, was very weak coffee and was almost cold. We've mentioned that, but the coffee was still on the bill. Missed opportunity.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank OmeTies
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 13, 2013

We went to the Apprentice for dinner on the Friday evening and like most of the restaurant in the area - they were full but were lucky enough to share a big table with 2 other couples. I had the most succulent chicken breast and my husband had the wild mushroom pasta - both dishes were most enjoyable. Of course the best part of every meal is the dessert - Chocolate fondant with chai ice cream ... heavenly combo!

Thank TracyLynne14
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 3, 2013

On the main touristic street of that tinny town of Stellenbosch This place could offer far away much better for thousands of tourist passing by. Here it's nice but we finded it : Too pricy .....

Thank Dan d
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 2, 2013

A great concept. Great to see young people working hard to succeed and being able to eat good food produced by them. Limited but varied menu all at reasonable prices. Great lamb pie and grilled fish. Unbelievable desserts we shared the beetroot with chocolate and the popcorn delight. Both delicious. Service just about ok but this place is about the food.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
2  Thank gordy07
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Apprentice Restaurant also viewed

 
Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Stellenbosch, Western Cape
 

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing