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 pâté with pistachio nuts, toasted brioche & black olive jam

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

Mezze Platter

““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

Brandy and Citrus Flan

““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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