The aim of Helena’s Restaurant at Coopmanhuijs is to serve heritage food with finesse, often with a subtle twist in the detail, thus turning the familiar into the spectacular.

Duck Liver Pate with olive jam and Melba toast

“Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurement.” – Marcel Boulestin

Decadent surprise

“A recipe has no soul: You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.” – Thomas Keller

Helena’s signature roasted peppers

“There is no love more sincere than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw

Golden fried goat’s cheese croquettes

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf

Home-baked potluck bread

“Food is essential to life; therefore, make it good.” – S. Truett Cathy

Medley of wild mushroom risotto with fresh shaven parmesan cheese

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child


Great first taste of the Cape

A colleague picked us up and we drove around Stellenbosch for a bit before settling for a wonderful meal at Helena’s. Service was top notch — attentive but not overbearing. The meal itself was an amazing array of flavors in a lovely, peaceful setting. It was a great introduction to South Africa and the offerings around Cape Town.

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