Gåte restaurant’s exceptional gourmet cuisine has been affirmed by its triumphant wins at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. There is much to celebrate on the lavish Quoin Rock estate and these accolades highlight the skill of Head Chef Nicole Loubser and her team.
The World Luxury Restaurant Awards are seen as the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury restaurant industry, offering international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players.
Gåte has been declared the 2019 Global Restaurant of the Year Overall Winner, and well as the 2019 Haute Cuisine Global Winner. It also secured the 2019 Molecular Cuisine Global Winner honour, plus the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant Awards’ Best Head Chef – Global Winner accolade – which recognizes sustained commitment to service excellence and outstanding achievement in the international restaurant industry.
In addition, the Knorhoek Valley estate also scooped a win for 2019 Outstanding Architecture Continent Winner: Africa. Head Chef Nicole Loubser delineates the brilliance of top level dining at Gåte. Her artistry was honed at Jan Hendrik’s 1 star Michelin restaurant in Nice and at Salzburg’s 2 Michelin star Ikarus.
Nicole maximizes her expertise in the farm’s unusually large kitchen. “It’s a lot of fun as it’s bigger than most in terms of space as well as equipment. Gåte is cutting edge because we not only focus on molecular gastronomy, but also on fine dining. We aim to play with the senses of the guest. As such, it’s not just another wine farm but a high-end fine dining venue,” she says.
“We focus on getting local food in, and also expensive items like truffles. We are setting up a greenhouse so we can be sustainable and have hydroponics in the kitchen for our own micro herbs and flowers.” Gåte’s new menu launches on 1 August. “We’ve picked 14 countries to embody a taste-driven odyssey, fusing their flavours with South African cuisine.”
The 14-course menu can be enjoyed as a seven-course dinner, or five-course lunch menu. Lunch includes two teaser dinner dishes. Food is paired with 10 estate wines.
Daytime Experience: Tues – Sun, 12 – 2pm, R650. With wine pairing R950.
Night time: Tues – Sat, 6pm – late, Gourmet menu R1450. With wine pairing R2150.
Tasting menu: R1050. With wine pairing R1500.
Trading Hours: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Address: Quoin Rock Wine Estate: Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch, 7600