If you like traditional food, Barrique Restaurant is where you should go. It opened in 1998 and is situated in the Stellenbosch winelands, a beautiful setting surrounded by the Helderberg Mountains. As you enter the Vredenheim estate, you are met by a variety of game such as gems buck, ostriches and zebra. There is also a Big Cats Park with lion, tiger, leopard, cheetah and caracal. They also have Angus cattle on the farm.
Barrique is not only a restaurant, but also a venue for weddings and, for a smaller function, you could use the cellar with its cosy atmosphere. The friendly owners of the Cape Dutch restaurant are Karin and Peter Britz. The menu offers a variety of food – from traditional South African food to pizzas and pastas. Vredenheim’s current owners live in the Manor House, built by Paul Roux in 1798 and declared a national monument in 1975.
On a very cold Friday afternoon with the first snow of the season covering the mountain tops, a welcoming fire awaited us in the richly decorated restaurant. The beautiful interior has a very homely feeling and friendly staff are there to treat their guests.
I skipped the pasta this time and ordered traditional bobotie, served on yellow rice with sambals. Deon ordered oxtail, served with mash and veggies.
For dessert, we shared lemon tart with vanilla cream.
This is an excellent restaurant, cosy in winter with a warm fire burning or in summer, it would be lovely to sit at a table under the shady trees enjoying their Italian cuisine. If you have guests to entertain, this is a very safe restaurant to take them to. I am happy to say that we will certainly return to Barrique in the near future.