Review: Rust en Vrede

Food & Service deserving of Accolades

David Higgs and co at work

Rust en Vrede has been on my rather long list of restaurants in Cape Town to visit before year end and on 18 December I finally got around to it. Chef David Higgs and his team swept the floor at the recent Eat Out awards in the three most important categories: Chef of the year, Best Restaurant (in South Africa) and Service Excellence. I teased the Eat Out team on twitter, that they needn’t go to all the effort of organising a competition for tickets to the event, with all the associated admin such as auditors and that I’d gladly oblige. Alas, my pleas fell on deaf ears. What I would have done to be a fly on the wall that night!

Front of House

Dinner at Rust en Vrede is a treat. At the outset, we were welcomed graciously by a host before we entered the charming Cape Dutch styled restaurant and greeted by every member of staff on duty. Chairs are pulled out and tucked in, service is warm with the right balance of attention and space to enjoy

We informed our host that we had to leave to get back to Cape Town in two hours, selected the four course tasting menu and food was brought out to accommodate our time schedule.

Food, as can be expected, is plated artfully and a premium is placed on flavour. My favourites were the “spring has sprung” Asian ceviche of Walvis Bay crab and Norwegian salmon and the loin of lamb served with amongst other things a dab of smoked raisin puree which was sublime. I also enjoyed the pre-dessert of dark chocolate, banana and caramel- classic combinations that will always please.

If you’re looking to treat someone special, or yourself for that matter, this is the restaurant to do it at- next time, we’ll go for the 6 course tasting menu and enjoy it at leisure.

Below are some pictures from our delicious meal.

Asian Ceviche of Walvis Bay Crab and Norwegian Salmon

Crown roasted duck, butternut and nutmeg puree, banana bread and pumpkin seed crumble and salted caramel

Loin of springbok with tamarind gel, cauliflower puree, coco beans and shitake mushrooms

Cardamom and white chocolate parfait with pistachio, chocloate, raspberry and chilli “sphere” and a blueberry “trifle”

Chilled cherry and Grand Marnier soup, apricot and sour cream mousse and a lemon parfait

For more information, please visit: or call (021) 8813757


R440 pp for 4 courses

Also available paired with wine.

R580 pp for 6 courses and R880 pp with wine pairing.

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By |2017-05-05T17:48:44+00:00December 31st, 2010|Restaurants, Review, Travel, Travel in Africa|12 Comments


  1. sara January 2, 2011 at 4:56 am - Reply

    all of those dishes look [almost] too beautiful to eat!

  2. Linda January 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Wow – I really need to go there! Looks so delicious.

  3. articles of organization January 5, 2011 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Nice site, nice and easy on the eyes and great content too.

  4. Christina February 8, 2011 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Oh, i have been meaning to eat here! We went one day, but it was fully booked so we ended up at the long table instead which was also lovely. I won’t forget to book in advance next time!

  5. Cammie Mendolia February 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm - Reply

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  7. Lezanne August 5, 2011 at 4:07 am - Reply

    I took my husband there for his birthday this year. It really is an absolute treat. Definitely one of my favourite restaurants of all time. The service, food and ambience – all impeccable. The experience, an absolute treat!!

    • Ishay August 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      It’s wonderful. Must check it out again, now that David has left. Hope the standards still the same. Thanks for reading!

  8. John1078 November 21, 2011 at 2:26 am - Reply

    Very nice site!

  9. July 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    lovely restaurant , picture perfect , exciting flavours.

    • Ishay July 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you for visiting the site! I must return to see what they’ve been up to.

  10. Antoinette October 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Food is absolutely fantastic,and we would love to go again soon 🙂

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