Restaurant Posts
By Daryll Williams | November 15, 2019

Chapter 2: Franschhoek

Babel – Babylonstoren

Babel features nods to its former life as a cow shed—the original trough stands in the centre of the room, and a giant illustration of a cow’s head dominates the back wall. It’s light and airy, with delicate white flowers poking out of coloured glass bottles brightening up wooden tables.

Why go?

The restaurant has a pick, clean, serve approach to their meals, with all the fruits and vegetables harvested fresh from the garden.

Details

a: Babylonstoren farm, Simondium Rd, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 863 3852
w: www.babylonstoren.com/babel
h: Monday—Sunday: 8am–8.30pm

Photograph: Babel – Babylonstoren


Chefs Warehouse Maison

Chef David Schneider uses fresh ingredients, based on seasonal availability, to create a global tapas-inspired menu that incorporates a world of different flavours in one, multi-course meal.

Why go?

You’re on a wine farm—and a very popular one at that—so expect plenty of great options. Perhaps the most obvious choice, though, is something from the selection of Maison’s wines by the glass.

Details

a: Maison Estate, R45, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 876 2116
w: www.maisonestate.co.za/restaurant
h: Sunday—Monday: 12pm–3pm, Wednesday—Thursday: 12pm–3pm, Friday—Saturday: 12pm–3pm, 6pm–9pm

Photograph: Chefs Warehouse Maison


Dining Room at Leeu Estates

Anything not grown at Leeus is sourced locally, from ethical farms and suppliers. The kitchen team then whips this natural bounty into modern, worldly dishes.

Why go?

The beauty of Leeu Estates, The Manor House, sculpted gardens and impeccable surrounds will leave you in awe.

Details

a: Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 492 2222
w: www.leeucollection.com/SA/leeu-estates
h: Monday—Sunday: 6.30am–10.30am, 12pm–5.30pm, 6.30pm–10pm

Photograph: Dining Room at Leeu Estates


Foliage

The menu changes seasonally and is built around what is growing now. Ingredients are free-range and organically sourced.

Why go?

The tastefully decorated interior (neutrals with pops of bright red), a fireplace for cosy winter evenings and outside seating for overflow diners creates a welcoming vibe.

Details

a: 11 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 876 2328
w: www.foliage.co.za
h: Monday—Friday: 6.30pm–8.30pm, Saturdays: 12pm–2pm, 6.30–8.30pm

Photograph: Foliage


Greenhouse – Babylonstoren

Here, no-fuss food is the order of the day. Expect home-baked treats, fresh garden juices, artisanal breads with handcrafted cheeses and cold meats, as well as fresh garden salads and, of course, teas and coffees.

Why go?

The Greenhouse, at the rear of the garden, is a sight for sore eyes. There’s no better place to sit than under the oak trees and enjoy an informal, picnic-style snack.

Details

a: Babylonstoren farm, Simondium Rd, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 863 3852
w: www.babylonstoren.com/greenhouse
h: Monday—Sunday: 10am–4pm

Photograph: Greenhouse – Babylonstoren


La Petite Colombe

Although the cuisine has a worldly influence, the food is steeped in South African heritage, creating a contemporary offering that incorporates locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, doused in French flair and set alight with slight Asian influence.

Why go?

Sublime, humbling dining of this nature is a rarity, even in one of the world’s most talked-about culinary capitals.

Details

a: Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 202 3395
w: www.lapetitecolombe.com
h: Monday—Sunday: 12pm–10pm

Photograph: La Petite Colombe


Le Coin Français

Chef-proprietor Darren Badenhorst’s fine dining establishment is a welcome addition to the flourishing and varied Franschhoek restaurant scene, where cutting-edge methods meet time-tested French elegance.

Why go?

The chic, polished restaurant setting with its classy interiors, perfectly match the chef’s impressive plating.

Details

a: 17 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek
t: +27 74 126 0022
w: www.lecoinfrancais.co.za/restaurant
h: Sunday—Wednesday: 12pm–2pm, Thursday—Saturday: 12pm–2pm, 6.30pm–10.30pm

Photograph: Le Coin Français


Protégé

The restaurant menu draws inspiration from Asian flavours, with classic French influences; the result is bright and fresh, almost mirroring the interior vibe.

Why go?

The restaurant space has been designed around a central show kitchen, with alfresco dining areas at both ends to ensure a wonderful dining experience carefully considered for the interior aficionados.

Details

a: 18 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 224 0801
w: www.protegerestaurant.co.za
h: Monday—Sunday: 7am–11am, 12pm–9pm

Photograph: Protégé


Reubens

Celebrity chef Rubben Riffel’s flagship restaurant has a menu that offers taster plates for sharing, while main courses are a globetrotting lot, jetting from peppered picanha steak to butter chicken curry and excellent Vietnamese pho.

Why go?

Despite being a place you go to treat yourself to a fancy dinner, the restaurant is delightfully unpretentious—think paper menus, minimalist furnishings and smiley staff. In summer there are tables out on the patio and in winter, the fireplace makes it an inviting way to get out of the Franschhoek freeze.

Details

a: 2 Daniel Hugo St, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 876 3772
w: www.reubens.co.za
h: Sunday—Tuesday: 12pm–2pm, Wednesday—Saturday: 12pm–2pm, 6.30pm–8.30pm

Photograph: Reubens


Werf at Boschendal

At least three-quarters of the ingredients are sourced within 30 kilometres of the farm, and prepared with trademark generosity. Most meals are sumptuous platters that groan with portions almost too sizable for two.

Why go?

Modern, scrumptious farm-to-table dining with a light and local touch.

Details

a: R310 Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
t: +27 21 870 4209
w: www.boschendal.com
h: Sunday—Tuesday: 10am–6pm, Wednesday—Saturday: 10am–3pm, 6–9pm

Photograph: Werf at Boschendal

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