Restaurant Review: Winter special @ Tryn

On a recent chilly Saturday evening, we were pleased to make our way through the vine-lined roads of Steenberg Wine Estate to their fine-dining restaurant, Tryn. Our visit was in order to enjoy Chef Kerry Kilpin’s NEW three course winter special.

We arrived in the gorgeously glam restaurant and were shown to our plush booth located in a corner near the roaring fire – the perfect position on a wintery evening.

The restaurant has a contemporary spirit which offers a relaxed space that appeals with leisurely charm. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, yet there is definitely a luxurious feel thanks to the black and gold decor. The tables are suitably spaced, so despite it being busy, it never felt crowded.

The winter special consists of a starter, main and dessert of your choice off the menu and includes an amuse bouche and a signature chocolate truffle to end with.

The new winter menu at Tryn includes seasonal flavours and menu tweaks that Chef Kerry Kilpin has ensured will deliver delicious tastes and textures. The menu showcases Chef Kerry’s trademark touches of Asian and Middle Eastern flair alongside classically prepared food.

Among the starters, her much loved Tryn steak tartare has been reimagined with pickled daikon radish and onion soil, crowned with a confit quail egg, capers and a drizzle of cornichon dressing. Introducing new zest to her famous tempura prawns, Chef Kerry has opted for pickled vegetables, avocado, passionfruit and orange gel kissed with velvety aioli and jalapeño syrup.

For our starter course we opted for these tempting tempura prawns and the fresh fish tartare, bursting with a twist of lime, which was excellent and highly recommended.

The new main courses burst with flavours such as homemade tagliatelle with mushrooms, broccoli, baby spinach, artichoke and truffle cream. Broccoli and caramelised onion take centre stage in the hearty winter risotto and carnivores will savour the beef sirloin or fillet with a mushroom croquette, fine beans, pearl onions and a roasted garlic and celeriac purée enriched with porcini jus.

Tryn prides themselves on their collaboration with Abalobi to ensure only ethically sourced fish are served. I enjoyed a delicious fish dish which included layers of black rice, spinach and peanut salad with a spicy lemongrass vinaigrette.

My husband stuck with his old faithful favourite and opted for the winter pork belly which was served with a new zing alongside pak choi, root vegetables, ginger and pineapple relish topped with miso caramel jus.

Each dessert option is served beautifully plated and provides a delightfully sweet merriment to round off the meal.

New sweet treat options include almond and lemon frangipane with white chocolate cremeaux and matcha ice cream; a mouth-watering lemon baked cheesecake with compressed pineapple, whipped vanilla, raspberry ice cream and a sprinkle of lime crumble and an uber-indulgent chocolate marquise with brûléed banana, salted caramel popcorn, latte ice cream and vanilla mousse! Delightfully decadent.

Our evening was a true winter culinary experience filled with delicious comfort food, bursting with flavour. There was plenty to taste and savour… and we were able to enjoy this spread at leisure to ensure we got the most out of every morsel! And with ample choice for return visits we will certainly be back to enjoy this winter special again before it ends in September. Well worth it for a date night, a special dinner with friends – or just because it’s winter and you deserve a treat!


Contact details

Tryn is open daily from 8.30am till 11am for breakfast, 12pm till 3pm for lunch; and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 3pm till 9pm for dinner.

The coffee and pastry bar is open all day from 8.30am till 4pm.

Address: Steenberg Estate, Constantia Wine Valley

Tel: 021 713 7178


Book online at Tryn.


Terms and conditions


3 Course meal available for Lunch and Dinner @ R395 per person

Offered Monday – Sunday until 30 September 2021.

Tables of up to 10 people only.

No vouchers / further discounts can be used in conjunction with our specials.



In line with Covid-19 government regulations, Tryn adheres to the strictest hygiene practices to ensure the safety of staff and guests including, temperature screening and sanitising, without compromising the overall Steenberg experience.


Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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