Tokara Restaurant, situated 400 meters above sea level on top of the Helshoogte Pass outside Stellenbosch, offers its guests terroir focused contemporary cuisine, award-winning wines and dramatic views over Stellenbosch and False Bay. The building housing the restaurant is a Cape architectural icon utilising glass, steel and stone.
Tokara Restaurant opened its doors in October 2001 and was one of the very first iconic winery restaurants established in the Cape Winelands area of South Africa.
A prominent feature of the restaurant interior is five large-scale tapestries by internationally renowned artist William Kentridge. No other venue in the world has as many of these works from Kentridge’s “Porter Series” on display to the public.
We are proud to showcase chef Carolize Coetzee’s menu inspired by the South African countryside and farm produce.
The restaurant’s lunch menu offers à la carte options and a four course set menu optionally paired with Tokara wines. Two set menus are available for dinner – the same four course set menu that’s available for lunch and Carolize’s signature six course Estate menu optionally paired with a flight a wines from iconic South African wine estates.
Carolize grew up in Humansdorp, a small town of some 30 000 residents located in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. She recalls that some of her favourite memories are of meals spent laughing and telling stories around the kitchen table, enjoying her mother’s lovingly prepared food and heirloom recipes being passed on from one generation to another.
“My most cherished food memories involve emotional and physical sensations. Some of these are rooted in the expectation of reliving a fond memory, such as waiting for a cherished ingredient to be back in season, while other are more nostalgic, such as that morning slice of farm bread, heaped with my grandmother’s homemade marmalade.”
The generosity of chefs – whether professional or skilled lay cooks such as her grandmother and mother – are a source of inspiration for Carolize that she infuses with her own food memories in designing refined “plaaskos” (farm cuisine) for the Tokara Restaurant menu.
Within the first year of taking of the reigns of the Tokara Restaurant kitchen, Carolize won the “Haute Performance Award” as South Africa’s most promising chef in the 2020 JHP Gourmet Guide, while the restaurant has been included in the authoritative The World’s 50 Best Restaurants new “50Best Discovery” list for 2020.
The Tokara Restaurant drinks list is a personal and evolving selection of fine wines and spirits intended to compliment the gastronomic feast you will experience.
The full range of Tokara wines are showcased on the list and are also available by the glass. The list comprises of wines from neighbouring farms, estates elsewhere in South Africa and also some of the most prestigious European estates.
Sommelier Jaap-Henk Koelewijn will be happy to assist you in pairing a bottle of wine with the food you wish to order or to provide information on any of the drinks on this list.
Unfortunately no Bring Your Own wine allowed.