Tryn, the new restaurant at Steenberg pays homage to founder Catharina Ras
Tryn, a fresh new signature restaurant has just opened at Steenberg with Kerry Kilpin, of Bistro 1682 fame at the helm. The reincarnation of what once was Catharina’s Restaurant – an establishment that had occupied the location for 21 years – Tryn is likewise a tribute to Catharina Ras, the farm’s founder (Tryn was her nickname).
A contemporary, and yet welcoming space, the brand new Tryn bridges past and present and offers a nod to the laidback feeling of Catharina’s but with amped up style. Executed by Bone Design – a local firm known for its expertise in hospitality projects – the dining space is a dynamic expression of contemporary bistro dining that uses layered textures – timber, stone, metallics, linens – and strong colours to convery Ras’ legendary bold personality. A showstopper bar highlights the glamorous new direction as you enter and new banquette-style seating in the main dining room is cosy, accentuated by a warm colour palette with metallic lighting accents and energetic artworks. Jewel tones of ruby and jade give the two private dining areas an intimate and exclusive feel.
The food echoes the freshness of the interiors – Chef Kerry focuses on seasonal ingredients, honest flavours and intuitive service. “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,” she says.
The menu is accessible and varied, but also elegant – with both meat eaters and vegetarians catered for. Chef Kerry’s passion for ethically sourced fish also shines through on the Tryn menu. As does her signature combination of exotic flavours and classic technique – Middle Eastern and Asian ingredients feature strongly (think ponzu, daikon, edamame and sriracha, or sumac, cumin and harissa) alongside South African heritage ingredients like rooibos and spekboom, which also take their rightful place in syrups and chutneys.
Tryn is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.