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“Where the familiar is made spectacular.”

Helena’s Restaurant is located in two adjoining dining areas within Coopmanhuijs. The first area, beneath an antique yellow-wood ceiling, is appointed with richly embossed French wallpaper. Lighted trees – intricately made of wire – adorn an entire wall. In the second dining area, hand-hewn poplar dining chairs are set beneath the glass roof of a charming conservatoire, which opens onto the enclosed courtyard and swimming-pool.

Helena’s Vision

“Where the familiar is made spectacular.”

Helena’s Restaurant aims to serve heritage food with finesse, often with a subtle twist in the detail – turning the familiar into the spectacular. The menu is designed to reflect the bounty of the Cape, with specific emphasis on freshness and food provenance. At Helena’s, good unpretentious food and special wine add to the pleasures of life.

Be Inspired

Helena’s Guests

Although we afford preference to Hotel guests, we welcome reservations and walk-ins from outside patrons – subject to availability. Thank you for considering Helena’s. We are open seven days a week. Please note you are welcome to bring you own wine, we charge a corkage fee of R60 per bottle.

Duck Liver Pate with homemade olive jam and Melba toast

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

Decadent surprise

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

Helena’s signature roasted peppers

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

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

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

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