Simonsig’s Beautiful Restaurant, Cuvée. This Restaurant = Eye Candy

By Marica

Mother’s Day has snuck up on me. If Rose didn’t ask me where I was planning to take my mom I would probably have forgotten the special day completely (bad daughter, I know).

Sunday being two measly days away didn’t leave me with much time to plan so I jumped onto the internet (old faithful) to find a restaurant we can go to for dinner. My criteria – must have an intimate atmosphere, has to be pretty (I am an interior designer after all) and the food must be drool-worthy.

Then, as if by divine providence, I stumbled upon Cuvée’s website. Isn’t it a feast for your eyes – I just had to call Rose over to my PC to take a look. We obsessively tabbed through their image gallery for at least 30 minutes…

Cuvée is Simonsig Wine Estate’s signature restaurant which is located on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. I happen to be one of those lucky people who have the greater Stellenbosch area as a backyard so I’m quite ecstatic about this beautiful find.

What I absolutely love about Cuvée’s interior is the juxtaposition of opposing styles and elements that come together in a unique and harmonizing way. A mixture of old and modern, the traditional Cape Dutch manor house was converted into an eclectic jewel.

Interior designer, Neil Stemmet of Koncept Design, a self-confessed collector & curator, brought his distinct trademark style to Cuvée’s interior. The rather brooding, masculine spaces are beautifully accented by one or two bold colours. Bright yellow and red make for a quite dramatic contrast.

I adore the old heavy Dutch armoires and funky use of picture frames and crockery as wall features.

The lighting is also something special – the crystal chandeliers with various pieces of crockery stuck into it is quite ingenious.

Furthermore Cuvée’s menu looks mouth-wateringly delicious and the dishes have a certain sophisticated flair which reminded me that we all eat not only with our mouth but also with our eyes. Eish, those dishes look amazing.

And, and! I phoned – they have Mother’s Day lunch special! The irresistible three course menu designed with you and mom in mind at the cost of R260 per person is said to “indulge your taste buds”. It also includes a small gift and complementary glass of the iconic Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel celebrating its 40th anniversary this year as South Africa’s first Méthode Cap Classique.

Ladies and gentlemen…we have a winner!

Do yourself a favour and check out their website. And if you are planning to take mom out to Cuvée you best make a reservation – tyd is min!


The Mother’s Day lunch is on the 8th of May from 11h00 to 14h00.

Reservations:  (021) 888-4932 or send an email to

Oh and check out the special Mother’s Day Menu: here.


9 thoughts on “Simonsig’s Beautiful Restaurant, Cuvée. This Restaurant = Eye Candy

  1. Hi Rose and Marica

    Thanks for the delicious candy for the eyes! Cuvee looks amazing-must visit sometime for inspiration and a bite to eat. Well done!

    • Hey Priscilla -thanks for the compliment. Yeah does it not look totally fabulous. Just my kinda interior.
      The best part of a restaurant such this one – it satisfies the interior junkie part of me, as well as enjoying good food.

  2. thank you for your wonderful recognition for my work at simonsig – it really means a lot to me – neil

    next time try towerbosch at knorhoek wine estate – lovely food in simple surroundings

  3. Hey Neil – it was our pleasure. From our side – your acknowledgment means a great deal to us as well. Just so you know, we could not stop drooling over those interiors – the perfect fix for interior junkies such as us, lovers of good hospitality interiors.

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