Raphaels at Asara, Stellenbosch

Dave and I were meeting friends at Raphaels at Asara, Stellenbosch, for dinner. We arrived early and so we decided to sit in the Sansibar lounge and have a pre-dinner drink. They have the largest selection of single malts I have seen outside of Scotland and we both read the whisky menu to make our choices. Dave had a Springbank 10 year old (R45) from Campbeltown which is salty in flavour, and I had a bourbon cask matured Arran (R47.50), which is full of citrus and sweet fruit. The most expensive single malt on the list costs R2440 per tot!

Asara Wine Estate, Raphaels at Asara
Asara Wine Estate

Once our whisky’s were drunk we left the bar and made our way to the restaurant as our friends arrived. Bev and I tested the couch at the table before deciding that the wing back chairs were more comfortable. The wine list is quite comprehensive and reasonably priced and Dave chose the Asara Vineyard Collection Merlot 2011 (R120) to accompany our meal. The wine displays red berries on the nose and is a smooth well balance wine.

Sansibar and Raphael's, Raphaels at Asara
Sansibar and Raphael’s

Bread rolls were placed on the table while we read the menu. Dave, Bev and I started with mussels (R75) which were succulent and served in a fantastic broth, with toast. Eric had the game terrine (R80) to start. Bev and I had the lambs liver (R110) for our main course, done medium as per the chefs recommendation. Mine was a bit tough and the mash needed salt. It was served with really good onions. Dave had the pork belly (R170) and Eric had beef fillet (R195) served with a pepper whiskey sauce (R25) as their main courses. The average cost of a main course is R152.00

Mussel Starter, Raphaels at Asara
Mussel Starter

For dessert Bev had the Lemon Tart (R60) which was amazing with the tart lemon taste making your mouth pucker. I had Madagascar crème brûlée (R55) which was excellent. It was served with shortbread biscuits that Dave enjoyed, and an apple sorbet that was not fantastic. Overall the meal was great and we will go back.

Lambs Liver, Raphaels at Asara
Lambs Liver

The service was above average and the staff were friendly. However, they need to have someone manning the front desk at all times. There was a function downstairs the night we were having dinner and the noise from the speeches was invasive! When we asked the waitress to get them to turn the sound down she looked at us blankly! The restaurant is beautifully laid out with high end crockery and cutlery and proper napkins on the tables.

Madagascar crème brûlée, Raphaels at Asara
Madagascar crème brûlée

Contact them on +27 21 888 8000

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11 thoughts on “Raphaels at Asara, Stellenbosch

  1. Sounds and looks like a delicious dinner!
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    1. Thanks, it really was!

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  2. Salty whiskey? Never had or heard of before. The most expensive single malt is like $250 aussie bucks, that is out of control. Digging the mussels, gorgeous presentation.

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    1. Is that per bottle or tot Anna? We get some very expensive single malts here, well over the $250 mark 🙂

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  3. This looks like a lovely setting – Tandy and those mussels look pretty good.
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    1. It is a very lovely setting Rachel 🙂

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  4. It sounds like you had an enjoyable evening.

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    1. We did indeed Karen 🙂

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  5. I’ve never had a salty whiskey before, Tandy. It sounds amazing! 🙂
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    1. It is very interesting Krista 🙂

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