Of course Rust en Vrede is famous for its fine dining restaurant and was under the Top 10 of the Eat Out Restaurant Awards for 2014, but what many people don’t know is that they serve a Winemakers Lunch from Monday to Saturday at their tasting room. The fact is not really advertised on their website, other than stating that there is a lunch option, and I heard about their ‘steak’ lunch via word of mouth. The Winemakers Lunch keeps things very simple, with only two choices: Steak or Salmon. Steak is served with chips, salad and a glass of Syrah and Salmon is served with new potatoes, asparagus and a glass of Steen. Of course, in the interest of research we had to try both, so I had the salmon and hubby the steak. As hubby doesn’t drink wine I got ‘stuck’ with two glasses of wine but I definitely wasn’t complaining! The Steen was a very pleasant surprise and really complimented the Salmon, but I absolutely loved the 2012 Syrah. Full bodied, bold yet smooth, I could go on and on but I’m not a wine writer so I’ll leave it to the experts!
Service throughout our meal was very attentive and professional, though to be fair, with a menu containing only two options it shouldn’t be too hard to get things right! When our food came it was nicely presented with a large piece of salmon for me and a nice chunk of steak for hubby. My salmon was very well cooked and the potatoes and asparagus a nice accompaniment. The steak was sirloin and supposed to be around the 200g mark but the portion we got looked larger than that. Of course I tried some and I was briefly sorry that I didn’t get steak as well as it was some of the best steak I’ve had recently. The steak was perfectly cooked, with a nice char and very tasty, with no basting or sauce to obscure the taste of the meat.