Franschhoek, formerly known as the French Quarter, is now widely recognised as the gourmet food capital of South Africa with more than 50 restaurants to choose from, in the village and on the surrounding wine farms. The village’s heritage is apparent in every bite when you visit their French styled restaurants, many within easy walking distance of Holly Tree. Dining options are extensive, as one can find excellent seafood, contemporary cuisine and even traditional African potjiekos (local slow cooked stews), along with both modern and time-honoured French and South African delicacies. For something lighter the hamlet offers a lavish choice of coffee shops, pizzerias and delis with both local and imported cheese. This charming village is home to no less than three of the top 10 South African restaurants (Eat Out November 20th 2016). In fact, a number of award-winning chefs reside and ply their fine trade in Franschhoek – are you sold yet?
Franschhoek restaurants have become leaders in great food and local wines – with exceptional value. We therefore recommend that during peak season (October – March) you book in advance to secure a table and avoid disappointment.
A few of our favourites include: Foliage, The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, Bread&Wine at Môreson, Grande Provence, The Kitchen a Maison, Allora, Pierneef at La Motte, Roca, Dutch East, Ruben’s, Le Bon Vivant and Ryan’s Kitchen.
In a sense, Chris and his foraging boots have finally been set free. Wild ingredients loom large, with everything from wild geese to wild mushrooms and wild herbs ending up on the plate in some shape or form.
Le Quartier Français is home to the celebrated restaurant The Tasting Room, the stage for executive chef Margot Janse and a contemporary, African-inspired tasting menu, a true journey of taste that continues to evolve. The Tasting Room creates a unique dining experience where surprise and nostalgia play leading roles.