Pierre Hendriks of Le Bon Vivant offers Nouvelle cuisine and prepares it to perfection (we have dubbed his food as ‘Art on a Plate’) Most recently I have tried the item on the dessert menu entitled ‘All of the Above’ which is exactly what it implies – a taster of every type of dessert on the menu! An absolute decadence but ‘oh so satisfying’ when you know you haven’t missed out on any of your friend’s choices!! The restaurant is in a garden setting with a romantic ambience. One thing to bear in mind when making your selections is that Le Bon Vivant is closed on a Wednesday. Award-winning‘Reuben Riffel’ is the chef at Reuben’s Restaurant. He is a Franschhoek local, and after spending a few years expanding his culinary knowledge in London, he returned to the valley. The restaurant is owned by the partners of Boekenhoutskloof winery, resulting in an extensive choice of wines, many of which are not available retail.
Grande Provence is perfect for those who would prefer to be out of the hustle and bustle of village life. It is about 5 minutes from the village in asetting of utmost calm, beauty and tranquility. The food is outstanding and the décor understated yet glamorous. La Quartier Francais ‘Tasting Room’ has been ranked amongst the top 50 restaurants in the world. It owes its success to award-winning chef Margot Janse. You can opt for the 9-course African Tasting menu (highly recommended!), or if you are a little less ambitious you could always go the 5-course route. Bear in mind that the 5-course portions are definitely larger so don’t be fooled into thinking this will be a ‘lighter’ meal. We strongly advise that you select the food & wine pairing option – this is the best way to experience world-class cuisine & world-class wine combined to perfection!
Haute Cabriere up on the Franschhoek Pass is a cosy spot to be, especially in the winter months. The cavernous nature of the restaurant creates a romantic and intimate ambience. Chef Matthew Gordon (also of the Grill Room) prepares world class cuisine. The only drawback may be that visitors can only choose from the Haute Cabriere/ Pierre Jourdan wines, a factor to be taken into account when making your restaurant selections. New additions to the fine dining in Franschhoek include: Pierneef at La Motte, as well as Ryan’s Kitchen Pierneef is situated on the La Motte Wine Estate. Feedback from our guests has only been positive. The restaurant is described as having an arty, airy and light feel to it. One can dine in the conservatory, courtyard or in the chic interior of the restaurant. Ryan’s Kitchen on the Franschhoek main street, is a very intimate classic and elegant restaurant serving contemporary South African cuisine in a relaxed and comfy environment. The nature of the restaurant lends itself to one-on-one interaction with the chef while he is preparing your meal.