A restaurant paying homage to our feisty founder, Catharina Ras
Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg pays homage to the woman who started it all, the fascinating and feisty Catharina Ras, who founded Steenberg in the 17th century.
Taking a leaf from Catharina’s adventurous book, this restaurant serves up contemporary comfort food, making guests feel welcomed as they revel in the abundance of fresh produce, cooked simply and presented beautifully by Executive Chef Garth Almazan.
With an eye on creating a “Contemporary Heritage”, Catharina’s embraces the past but keeps evolving with the current to maintain a fresh and innovative attitude.The menu centres on simplicity, and lets the finest quality ingredients do all the talking. The “contemporary heritage” dictum comes to life in the décor of Catharina’s Restaurant, as hints of Catharina’s thrilling life weave themselves into a visual narrative – a treat for the eyes as well as the stomach.
A multitude of origami swans swing from the ceiling. These figures serve a symbolic purpose – as Steenberg Vineyards’ original name was “Swaaneweide” – The Feeding Place of Swans. In 1682, a homesick Catharina Ras had mistaken the spur-winged geese of the Steenberg region for swans. A single black swan hangs from the ceiling, and acknowledges both the past and future of Steenberg.The black swan symbolises Catharina Ras, who truly stood out, in her time and in ours, as the first female land owner in Africa and a true eccentric with a ground-breaking attitude towards life.
Elements of this thrilling life story are thoughtfully included in the many subtle elements of Catharina’s interior design, and guests often discover a new visual delight on each visit. Comprising of over 100 carefully selected South African wines and a small but relevant international offering, the award-winning wine list at Catharina's restaurant offers choice to the connoisseur and casual sipper alike. Catharina’s has been awarded the American Express Platinum Award for Fine Dining 2005-2014, and the Diner’s Club Winelist Award – Diamond Awards 2009-2011.
Archie Maclean is Executive Chef of Catharina’s Restaurant. Archie comes with a wealth of experience, having worked at top luxury properties in South Africa and abroad,” says John Loubser, General Manager at Steenberg.
Archie, who grew up in Scotland, moved to South Africa nine years ago, and when asked why he became a chef, says, “I don't have a cooking-with-granny-in-the-kitchen story; the truth is, I only discovered the pleasure of good food much later on in life. I was 19, working as a barman, and I was called into the kitchen one night to help. It was a big deal and the chefs were cool. After that night I never looked back. I quit my college course and moved to Surrey in England to do a 3-year apprenticeship under Michelin starred chef David Evans. My passion grew and grew and I began my culinary journey.”
Archie has a great deal of experience cooking an array of cuisines in various countries, from Scotland, to Australia and New Zealand, and during the last decade, all over South Africa. “In South Africa I spent three and a half years at Le Quartier Francais, in The Tasting Room. The Tasting Room has been consistently voted among the top 50 restaurants in the world, so that was phenomenal for me. I worked alongside executive chef Margot Janse, helping her to develop her award-winning menu. From there it was to Asara for 12 months and then to the Kruger Park, where I worked at Singita Lebombo and Sweni. After three years at Singita, where I was responsible for both lodge kitchens and the Singita School of cooking, I moved back to the Cape and started working at Neethlingshof, where I was head chef for the last 11 months,” Archie explains.
Archie, who says he has no favouritism when it comes to ingredients “as long as they are absolutely fresh”, joined the Steenberg Family on Monday, 18 April 2016, and will be responsible for both the kitchen (back of house) and Front of House.
“I don’t like to stick to one type of cuisine or a set of ingredients continuously – I get bored. One day, mushroom may be the hero of the dish, the next day, beautiful fresh fish. I like to mix things up and offer diners the unexpected.” He concludes.
Group Capacity : 80+ People Cost Per Head : R125+
- Cuisine : Breakfast, Buffet, Contemporary, Fusion, Seafood, Wine bar
- Ambience : Family, Fireplace, Relaxed, Romantic, Upmarket, Wine Farm
- Entertainment : Live music
- Dress : Smart/Casual
Credit Cards Accepted
Cape Town Tourism
- Follow M3 southbound towards Muizenberg.
- Travel until T-Junction (+- 18km) - ensuring right hand lane.
- Turn right on M 42 (Steenberg Road)
- Proceed through two traffic light intersections
- Proceed left through the main gates of Steenberg Estate
- Follow signs to the Hotel
7am till late
Specials at this Restaurant
Ends 31 December 2016
End your year in style at Catharina's Restaurant with a set menu prepared by Chef Archie, elegant wines and beautiful views.
Set Menu Options valid from 1 September - 14 December 2016:
One starter, one main, one dessert: R375
One starter, choice of two mains, one dessert: R415
Choice of two starters, two mains, two desserts: R475
Exclusive of 12% service charge. Tea / coffee is not included in the menu price.
For full set menus, subject to availability, please see our menu section!