Reuben’s Restaurant & Bar

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Reviewed by Richard Holmes

Upmarket bistro-style food is the hallmark of the original Reuben’s restaurant on Franschhoek’s main drag. The delicious pork belly and salt-and-pepper squid with nuam choc sauce are signature dishes with good reason, but regular blackboard specials with Asian and Cape influences throw other excellent options into the mix.

Perhaps a braised lamb shank? Miso-marinated quail? Mussel chowder with fresh West Coast mussels? A plate of lamb tripe? Reuben does love his offal. Without fail this is the kind of spot where you can enjoy flavour-packed and accomplished bistro-cooking, albeit at slightly above-bistro prices.

A wide-ranging and interesting wine list, with a decent selection available by the glass. Keep an eye on the specials board for a selection of craft beers.

Brisk and efficient – once you attract the attentions of a waitress. But even when the restaurant's slow, the hospitality here can be somewhat lacking.

The two separate dining areas are separated by the famous ‘plane-wing’ bar that’s a good spot for a pre-dinner drink. The street-facing tables have more charm than the barn-like rear section, but on warm evenings it’s the charming courtyard you should ask for.

While this is the original, you’ll also find Reuben’s restaurants at the One&Only Hotel (Cape Town), Abalone House (Paternoster) and The Robertson Small Hotel (Robertson).

(July 2014)

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