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Faber

Fine Dining Tapas
RRR+

Attributes

  • Outdoor Seating
  • Great Views
  • WiFi
  • Wine Estate
  • Gourmet Guide Rated

FABER is a progressive South African restaurant celebrating the passion for handcrafting food and wine that is authentic and evocative. In every dish, Chef Dale Stevens, emphasises respect for the origins of what we eat and drink; appreciation for the narratives of each ingredient; joy at the creativity of each gastronomic process, whether contemporary or bygone; love for the power of food encounters to make guests happy.

Gourmet Guide Description

On Avondale Wine Estate in Paarl Mother Nature oversees how Faber-food pays tribute to all that is natural, showcasing what is in season. This bio-dynamic farm is run by owner-proprietor Johnathan Grieve, who matches the passion of fellow craftsman chef Dale Stevens at the helm in the kitchen. Dales impressive pedigree (working with George Jardine, Luke Dale Roberts and Eric Bulpitt) has found the platform that it deserves. The ducks work in the vineyards feeding on snails, chickens produce eggs, and the vegetable garden yields the freshest organic produce to be transformed by ever-present Dale into a medley of memorable dishes. Only one vegetable supplier is needed to supplement natures bounty that is harvested after planting in sync with natural rhythms. His fuel-to-feast experiences see him taking guests into the garden, doing a ‘show-and-tell, then taking them back into the restaurant for the freshest feast. Choose from the a la carte or six-course tasting menu subtly crafted from premium ingredients. There will be stand-out dishes like confit and air-dried Avondale duck with carrot and orange, and the fynbos-honeyed parsnips with raw radish, black pepper crumble and Buffalo mozzarella as starters. For mains consider his roasted blesbok loin with butter-poached turnips, wilted kale and roasted butternut puree. Although Dale claims to prefer savoury to sweet dishes, his Buffalo yoghurt and vanilla panna cotta with semi-dried citrus and honeycomb will make you beg for winter to last a little longer. “Its humbling to be pushed out of your comfort zone.” Perfectly paired with award-winning organic Avondale wines, you are sure to return, season after season, for more of Fabers (meaning craftsman) fare. “Its simple – the ingredient is the super-star, I like to show off the ingredient.” Chef Dale Stevens

Reviews (423)

4.7 out of 5.0
Food 4.8
Value 4.6
Service 4.9
Ambience 4.7
  • Kevin B. Mon 11 Nov 19
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Our second visit for lunch and we will certainly be coming again!

  • F. O. Mon 11 Nov 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    PErfectfor lunch. Very friendly and knowledgable employees.

  • Paul Sun 10 Nov 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Faber is the easiest positive recommendation I’ve made in a long time. The location on the Avondale wine farm is the perfect, unpretentious setting for the restaurant. Guests all around us were relaxed, and were able to enjoy each other’s company while experiencing one of the most considered menus I’ve seen in quite some time. Every item on the menu that we tried was carefully crafted from locally sourced produce, a story that the restaurant tell well. It’s this care that’s reflected in each bite. Well done to the Chef and his entire team. We’ll definitely be returning to Faber.

  • Pretorious Sat 09 Nov 19
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Jutta O. Sat 09 Nov 19
    4
    Food 2.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Friday steak night is a great idea. The meat we had unfortunately was quite chewy and had chunks. But everything else was stunning and we did enjoy the evening very much.

  • Kinie B. Sat 09 Nov 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    My absolute favorite in the Winelands!

  • Gareth B. Sat 09 Nov 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Had an amazing experience. Can’t wait for the next visit.

  • Isabell C. Fri 08 Nov 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Excellent food and service. Highly recommendable - thank you!

  • Horst R. Fri 08 Nov 19
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • David L. Fri 08 Nov 19
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
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Opening Hours

  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday CLOSED
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 14h30
  • Thursday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h30 - 20h00
  • Friday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h30 - 20h00
  • Saturday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h30 - 20h00
  • Sunday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h30 - 20h00
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