The former Catharina’s restaurant at Steenberg Estate has undergone a major revamp and has opened as Tryn. Kerry Kilpin, who is the executive chef on the estate heads up this signature restaurant and has added bold flavours and vibrant ingredients to the menu. I recently attended the media launch to get a taste and see the beautiful new space.
As a long time fan of both the Steenberg restaurants, the hotel, the Spa, and the whole property really, I was bowled over by the exquisite interior design of Tryn. So many nooks and crannies have been created for private, or not so private dining and drinking. There is a large private dining room that could accommodate around 40 people, multiple smaller private booth tables as well as inside and outside seating areas if you prefer to do things al fresco. It is as much the perfect place for an aftrer work drink as it is to dine.
We sampled pretty much the entire starter menu in canape portions and all were very delicious and definitely my favourite part of the menu. The main courses are very generous and robust, so no one is going hungry here. Meat eaters will be very satisfied with the dishes on offer and Kerry who is passionate about ethical sourcing of seafood through the Abolobi App brings unusual fish species to the table. The menu is peppered with Asian and Middle Eastern flavour and there is something for everyone. A few of the desserts have been infused with savoury notes such as basil, coriander thyme, and cardamom. The cheese course was out of this world.
Tryn is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For bookings contact +27 (0)21 7137178 or email [email protected]
More about Catharina Ras AKA Tryn
The pioneering and courageous Catharina Ras, or Tryn as she nearest and dearest knew her, was Steenberg’s feisty founder. Tryn built a fruitful life in the Cape against great odds and misfortune when three of her string of five husbands succumbed to the wild, African landscape in a series of unfortunate mishaps. Regardless, her indomitable and fierce spirit never wavered.
Tryn leased the land at the foot of the Stone Mountain in 1682 and transformed it into a flourishing farm with her fresh produce receiving particular praise.
Today, Steenberg Farm continues to honour her name with the opening of Tryn and dedicating two signature wines to her: the flagship red blend, Catharina, and the prestige cuvée, Lady R Méthode Cap Classique.
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