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GATE at Quoin Rock

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Contemporary Fine Dining
RRR+

Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Great Views
  • Sunsets
  • Wine Estate
  • Gourmet Guide Plated

Welcome to Gate; a dialogue between art, culinary tradition and technical craft that takes place at Quoin Rock Wine Estate on the slopes of the majestic Simonsberg Mountain. Here, each ingredient is an invitation to discover the land, and each dish promises an unforgettable experience.

Gourmet Guide Description

On the opulent Quoin Rock Wine Farm in Stellenbosch it’s Gåte that
commands attention; the setting and sculptures are secondary. Intricate
attention to detail dictates. It endures in every dish – all sustainable,
indigenous and boasting at least one ingredient from the estate. For
the chef, it’s all about bringing every component to its full potential.

Chef Paul Prinsloo is a master at playing with ingredients and presenting
them artfully on the plate. He has curated a variety of menus in addition
to a la carte, from three-course daytime dining to a comprehensive
seven-course dinner. All options impress the most selective epicurean.
The vegan menus are ingenious. Each course is paired with a Quoin
Rock or Knorhoek wine, or inventive teas crafted to enhance the journey.
The diner is asked to dedicate two hours for lunch, four for dinner to
fully appreciate the dialogue between the terroir and technique.

“The menu shows a lot of what the estate is about,” says Paul. “It must
look beautiful, taste good and be balanced – every menu needs to be
better than the last. We have good support from locals, some of whom
like bigger portions. There is more demand for healthy eating. We must
give a vegan the same experience, and making it as special commands
special attention.” Paul’s rendition of a melon as the main course on
the vegan menu is pioneering, a real wow. The orange cannelloni and
BBQ celeriac prove his commitment to vegans. His imagination runs
riot in the use of native ingredient alternatives, and elements like his
pickled mustard seed caviar, are as good or better than the imported,
expensive ingredients that he is replicating. His outstanding prowess
with artful plating, his presence at the table with slick and sophisticated
service, blend to provide a once-in-a-lifetime style of dining.

Reviews (825)

4.6 out of 5.0
Food 4.5
Value 4.4
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.7
  • Tobias K. Dined: 22 hours ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Wolfgang P. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
    1
  • Christine D. Dined: 6 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 31 Jan 23
    Excellent

    1
  • Dadid A. Dined: 6 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 30 Jan 23
    Best service from staff of any restaurant that I’ve visited in the last few years

    1
  • Lufuno M. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
    1
  • Jost M. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.5
    Food 4.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 28 Jan 23
    Normally the welcome is always great. But at this time it was told that we have to go direct to the table no time for having the Apéro outside…and it was only 6pm, not to late. On the other hand the presentation of the food was a 10 out of 10, no doubt about that. The food itself was too too much and some components did not match perfectly. That is criticizing on a high level. Less would be more….I recommend to work on some details for playing with the best in the fine dining league. For other people I would recommend the reduced menu, that is more as enough.

  • Sarah S. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 0.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 28 Jan 23
    It was just an amazing experience at Quoin Rock Gate. We just loved everything. We’ve enjoyed a reduced menu which was just perfect for us. Food was delightful. Service very obliging and friendly. Great wine pairing. Would definitely go there again and would recommend to everyone.

    1
  • Gertrud H. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    4
    Food 3.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 27 Jan 23
    Das Essen ist sehr ausgefallen und könnte geschmacklich noch etwas mehr bieten. Aber das Ambiente ist super und der Service ist ausgezeichnet

  • Alison W. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 26 Jan 23
    Beautiful setting with gracious service. Food and wine pairing were inventive and interesting.

    1
  • Maria S. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 26 Jan 23
    Excellent service and food. Everything was perfect prepared and presented. It almost brought tears to my eyes.

    1
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  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday CLOSED
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 14h00
  • Thursday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h00
  • Friday 12h00 - 14h00, 18h00
  • Saturday 12h00 - 14h00, 18h00
  • Sunday 12h00 - 14h00