Restaurant honours founder’s legacy

2019-08-27 06:01
Tryn’s executive chef Kerry Kilpin.

Tryn’s executive chef Kerry Kilpin.

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Tryn, a new signature restaurant, will open at Steenberg Farm on Monday 2 September with Constantia chef Kerry Kilpin at the helm.

Emerging after a complete transformation of Catharina’s Restaurant which closed after 21 years, Tryn offers a youthful and stylish space.

Dedicated to Steenberg’s 17th century founder, Catharina Ras, or Tryn as she was known to her nearest and dearest, the new restaurant is contemporary in spirit with fabulous food, bold accents and modern textures.

“My team and I are very excited about bringing Catharina into the 21st century with the opening of Tryn, and creating a dining experience that is more connected to her free and feisty spirit,” says Kilpin.

Tryn’s bold personality is splashed on ruby and jade walls in the private dining areas.

Solid timber and hardy stone convey her strength, whilst delicate layering of textured fabrics and wall effects coat the space with her femininity.

Rich burnt orange and mustard tones in the soft furnishings add scatterings of her feisty character.

A bar is located in the heart of the space, ideal for enjoying a drink after work, be it indoors or outdoors on the outstretched terrace overlooking the vineyards.

Tryn’s menu features classically prepared food with a touch of Asian and Middle Eastern flair.

Meat lovers as well as vegetarians are catered for and the options also reflect Kilpin’s stance on ethically sourced fish.

Traditional and exotic flavours are interspersed throughout the menu. Think ponzu, daikon, edamame and sriracha from the East, or sumac, cumin and harissa from North Africa.

South African heritage ingredients such as rooibos and spekboom also feature in syrups and chutneys.

Desserts are infused with some unexpected savoury notes such as basil, coriander, thyme and cardamom.

Tryn will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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