The Franschhoek Wine Valley has just launched THREE new restaurants and I’m drooling in foodie and wine heaven! All three of these restaurants are in the heart of the main town of the Franschhoek Wine Valley and are setting a high benchmark for fine dining luxury in this wine country town of South Africa.
1. Le Petit Manoir Franschhoek
Positioned right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the main town of the Franschhoek Wine Valley is restaurant and guest house, Le Petit Manoir Franschhoek. It just exudes luxury from every angle including the decor, the cutlery, accommodation and service.
Perhaps the biggest draw card of this restaurant is that their Head Chef used to be the head chef from the award-winning Michelin Star restaurant; Restaurant JAN based in Nice, France.
Meet Kevin Grobler who literally serves art and theatre on a plate.
The food and wine pairing is R1250 per person and the a la carte menu is around R180 a dish and a cheese and meat platter for two is just R260. Their food style I would say is European tapas that will leave your senses absolutely bursting with delight! My favourite was the sweet potato soup mousse which was presented on dry ice – absolute eye candy!
What’s more is that they also offer boutique accommodation at around R3500 a night. Each unit with it’s own balcony overlooking the ornate church in the centre of town. There is access to a swimming pool too.
Address: 54 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Telephone number: 021 876 2110
2. La Petite Colombe
Ok so this one is not completely brand new, they opened last year 2017, and have already been winning lots of awards. Introducing La Petite Colombe in the Franschhoek Wine Valley, sister restaurant to the highly acclaimed and awarded restaurant, La Colombe in Constantia.
Getting to La Petit Colombe is not as obvious as you think. You will walk through a hotel and go around the back to access the restaurant. When you arrive, you will feel like you have teleported away from town and into the country-side boasting views of the garden and mountains.
Now what makes this menu special is that the Chef invites you to his “Chef’s Table” where you can enjoy one of the courses whilst chatting away to the chef himself. I found out that for every two guests, there is one chef so you can imagine that the kitchen is simply full of amazing cooks.
The set menu starts at R680 per person for vegetarian excluding drinks and can go as high as R1995 a person for food and wine pairing up to 12 courses. What I really like about this restaurant is that they have a Sommelier and you can do a full on food and wine pairing experience that’s spot on quality. My favourite was the garden on a plate served with Mullineux wine.
This restaurant is in high demand, so make sure you book in advance. For Reservations: +27 21 202-3395. For directions via Google Maps, click here
A breath of fresh air, local chef, Herman Steyn, has opened this luxury restaurant with a homely feel to really give locals and tourists alike a taste for “Boerekos” (traditional Afrikaans food) with a modern twist. Even the waitrons make you feel like you are in ouma se kombuis (grandma’s kitchen). The kitchen is open plan, so you will be able to see the kitchen in action.
The meal portions are extremely generous and goes for around R200 a plate. You must definitely start your evening with a signature cocktail and arrive hungry! I absolutely loved everything from the tomato bread, the mushroom dumplings, the lamb brede (stew) to the peppermint crisp dessert.