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“Pretentious food and intrusive service”

Rust en Vrede Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 276 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed August 24, 2012

We invited old friends to join us at Rust en Vrede for dinner with high expectations. We hadn't seen them for a long time and were dying to catch up with them, and had heard great things about the restaurant. What a disappointing and uncomfortable evening. From the first moment, it was all about the restaurant presenting itself and its food, and not about creating a space in which people could to get together and talk over a meal. We couldn't get a decent flow of conversation going with the constant interruptions of staff to talk about each item of food on every plate that they presented. We were embarrassed for our friends that it seemed they had to comment on every course, instead of just being able to enjoy the meal and the catch up. The food was forced into centre stage every five minutes. All in all, I felt robbed not just of the considerable cost of the meal, but also of a rare chance to catch up with beloved friends. We respect artistry and the obvious commitment to excellence at Rust en Vrede, but feel the restaurant has lost sight of what it's really all about: it's about the people that visit and eat and share precious time together, not about proving a culinary point. While I could see that Rust en Vrede is trying to create a remarkable food experience, the staff failed completely in reading our table and delivering a full and rich dining experience.

4  Thank 100roaringlions
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

If you look at the menu, you may have hesitations. Don't think, just go for it! The wines peferctly match the dishes. And the hospitality... outstanding. There is a reason why this restaurant has been highly decorated with prices.

Thank torebueb
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

This restaurant has been on my bucket list for eons, but have never quite managed to fit it in. This time we made all the effort and specially booked into a B&B nearby for the night called Acara, which is lovely. Sometimes, when one looks so forward to a place, it doesn't live up to expectations that you've built. Not so with Rust en Vrede....it was fantastic!!! It was quietish on the night we were there, having just re-opened 2 days previously after a winter break. In summer, one has to book at least 6 weeks in advance to get in.

As it was our first visit, we elected to go for the 6 course meal with wine pairing so we could taste as much variety as possible. The dishes and wine served from all around the globe were amazing. The sommelier was incredibly knowledgeable and we enjoyed long discussions with him. There were 5 chefs cooking for 4 tables. The staff were attentive and there like magic, when you even anticipated anything.

The goats milk butter was to die for......and they even gave me a whole tub of it to take home!!

We both loved it so much and for us, it was a visit to culinary heaven! Was worth every penny!!

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Thank theXmases
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

A real treat, and an outstanding culinary experience. A great place for lunch too, the steak and chips option is a hit with everyone.

Thank Phillipa G
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

I've been living in Stellenbosch for more then two years now and I always wanted to go to Rust en Vrede due to all the positiv things I've heard about it. When my family came to visit we finally went and all were very excited. Unfortunately the overall experience was not as good as expected.
We wanted to order an aperitif, but all they offered us was Champagne form France for R125 per glas and that in the country of the MCC! No Martini or other aperitifs were available.
The food was good, but a bit too much of everything and the 25 waiters for the 10 tables were quite an overstatement. The value for money compared to other places in the Stellenbosch area is just not good. We paid R3500 for 3 people.
Overall quite a disappointment. I expected something else.

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5  Thank letsseethew0rld
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