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The village of Franschhoek spoils for choice when one is considering where to dine. The best of South Africa appears to be concentrated in the main street and where to choose is not made any easier with La Petite Colombe’s winter special. Visitors can expect the same stellar standards in both service and cuisine, as they have come to know from world renowned parent restaurant La Colombe.
The winter lunch special that is currently running at Le Petite Colombe, is truly the stuff that bucket lists are made of!
Head chef John Norris-Rogers and manager Morné Wessels lead a team of excellence in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere while serving sublime cuisine.
The journey starts with Caraway sour dough, home churned butter, sesame and roasted yeast, the pre-runner to your first course of either poached oyster, Pernod, grapefruit, verjuice, dill, apple and celery or Yellowfin tuna, aubergine, miso, kalamansi and avocado. Next be transported with the Quail, red cabbage, sultana, five spice and bourbon.
An additional experience on offer is “Meet the chefs” (R70 supplement). This adds another dimension to the journey and showcases a fascinating insight into how Chef Norris runs is exemplary kitchen.
Onto the Palate cleanser (which at La Petite Colombe is almost a course on its own) followed by the stars: Line fish, soubise, smoked mussel, squid, endive, chorizo and creamed leeks or Chalmar beef, beetroot, turnip, spinach, mustard and sherry.
The dessert course is bitter-sweet both literally in taste and figuratively, signalling the end of a sublime experience, as one is given a choice between Foxenberg goat’s cheese, goats milk caramel, kouign amann, guava with tamarind and the Valrhona Itakuja crémeux, pineapple, mango, macadamia, passionfruit and lemongrass.
As if reading my thoughts, a treasure chest of petit fours resembling gold nuggets with popping candy surprise and truffle macarons appear on the table, cementing the fact that I will be returning again and again and again….
The Winter Special is Valid until 31 August 2018
R 395 per person | 4-courses with wine pairing at R795 per person ( Weekday lunches only * Excludes public holidays)
*Separate vegetarian menu is on offer
Reservations: +27 21 202-3395 email@example.com
images by Claire Gunn
From a dream to reality…….. Beleef Restaurant
Taking over the premises of Ryan’s Kitchen at Place Vendôme in Franschhoek’s Main Road, Beleef Restaurant can’t wait to take locals and tourists on a true “boerekos belewenis” (boerekos experience).
Headed by chef Herman Steyn, Beleef offers traditional South African fare with a brand new outlook on “boerekos”!
Inspired by the likes of old South African stalwarts from people like S.J.A de Villiers of Leipoldt’s fame, and of course his parents who were both brilliant, no -nonsense cooks and according to Herman, the pioneers of the original “farm to fork” concept and a “waste nothing” attitude!
Herman’s passion for traditional South African food was born out of these, his childhood memories which almost all involved food. From ouma and oupa to mom and dad and remembering the first time he made an egg when he was just six years old.
Making Franschhoek his home in 2009 and being executive chef of the Traumerei group, Herman fell in love with the quaint village and dreamed of owning his own restaurant here. After a stint on a game farm in the Free State, he returned to Franschhoek in 2015 where Café Franschhoek with Leo and Ilsje de Beer became his home for the next few years. Herman looks back at the experience with fond memories and still names Café Franschhoek as his favourite spot for “coffee and brekkie in town.”
The name Beleef means “experience” in Dutch and Afrikaans and it is his vision of a genuine “oumas kitchen” that Herman wants to bring to life from his kitchen. Expect dishes like smoorsnoek, melktert, pampoenkoekies all with a unique twist and Herman’s signature surprises.
Strictly seasonal and “farm to fork” with unique South African hospitality at its very best!
Die lewe is ‘n pampoen koekie in kaneel! (Life is like a pumpkin fritter in cinnamon!)
Come in and Beleef!
+27 73 128 1395 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Le Petit Manoir began as an idea driven by a desire to create a charming destination where luxurious comfort, exceptional service and unforgettable cuisine can be experienced in one place. With a passion for the finer things in life, partners Brian, JP and Frank embarked on a journey to find the perfect space for their little piece of heaven. Combining their skills and expertise, they set out to create a memorable experience for locals and international tourists seeking pure luxury in the heart of the Franschhoek valley, South Africa.
Situated on the main street in the picturesque town of Franschhoek, nestled amongst breath-taking mountains views, Le Petit Manoir creates the ultimate getaway for relaxation, comfort and fine dining. Experience the beauty and tranquillity of Le Petit Manoir’s luxury suites, each with a private balcony and 180 degree views of the Franschhoek Mountains. Four exclusive suites are available, each designed with a modern, sophisticated flair and colour palette, incorporating design elements resembled from the Cape Winelands.
All rooms are fitted with an extra length king size bed, en-suite bathroom, Nespresso machine with complimentary teas & coffees, Smeg mini-bar, fire place, safe, aircon, telephone and Wi-Fi. As well as access to the private pool.
The little manor exudes the exclusivity and luxury of a 5-star guest house with restaurant and deli. The luxurious rooms emanate pure beauty creating a homely yet modern Cape winelands feeling. Mediterranean characteristics embody the contemporary restaurant which offers breakfast and a tapas styled lunch menu. The ‘old town’ deli stocks local and imported meats and cheeses including freshly home baked breads and pastries daily.
In the evenings the trendy bar creates a relaxed atmosphere where guests are able to socialise and indulge in gin or whiskey tastings after a delicious, premier fine dining experience where top chefs prepare beautifully crafted meals. Head Chef Kevin Grobler has previously lived and worked in Nice, France for just shy of 3 years were he was the Head Chef at Michelin Star restaurant JAN. He also worked at restaurants like Delaire Graff, Cavalli and Terroir to name a few. Born and raised in Bloemfontein, his love for food came from too many of his mother’s ‘charcoal tjops’. Realizing that there must be more to cooking ,Kevin started to explore the limitless world of food. He has not looked back since!
Experience the grand beauty of Le Petit Manoir and the lavish lifestyle it creates with serene accommodation, superior hospitality and artful cuisine.