Country cuisine at its best with no frills and flourishes to distract – plain honest flavours in generous portions with plates that look good and taste even better. Start with the farmhouse terrine with duck liver, pork shoulder and spiced apple chutney, served with crunchy fresh bread – delicious. Or go for the farm fresh free range chicken and sundried tomato salad, full of crunch and flavour. One of the best main courses is the slow-roasted farm-reared pork belly, nicely offset with a spicy plum purée, and the pan-seared wild Cape salmon served with West Coast black mussels and corn chowder – amazingly good for being so far from the ocean.
A nice vegetarian option is the risotto of courgettes, asparagus and crunchy walnuts, deliciously rich. If they have the excellent pear frangipane tart when you are there, do not miss it.
A more than adequate list featuring their own wines as well as some of the treasures of this famous wine area.
Warm and friendly in the country manner.
Breakfast and other meals can be taken on the terrace under the ancient oak trees when the weather is good, otherwise the interior is delightfully cosy and packed with old world charm. The resident rooster called Hendrik announces his presence with a loud crow, much to the delight of children.
The place is very family and child friendly, much loved by the locals and visitors – bookings are essential.
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If this is your first visit to Café Bon Bon, you are in for a treat – it is probably one of the most underrated eateries in the Cape Winelands. The restaurant prides itself in sourcing seasonal and local produce. It follows that the menu changes with every season. For starters, try the snoek fish cakes if on offer, no need to squeeze a little extra lemon as they come jampacked with enough flavour. The attention detail with every element is very impressive. Another winner is the tender, well-seasoned Coq au Vin, served with creamy polenta. They also serve a pie, fish & duck dish of the day, which I’m told are firm favourites with the locals. For dessert, the staff are keen to recommend the lemon meringue, and rightly so. Rich and velvety, it simply melts in the mouth – to die for.
They stock a vast and elite selection of local wines and bubbly from neighbouring vineyard Colmant. Wines are served either by the bottle of carafe.
The staff service level is high and the waiters are on the ball and friendly. They’re only too happy to talk first timers through the menu.
It’s classy and sophisticated, but relaxed enough for families and kids to enjoy. Nestled in the rolling hills of Franschhoek, the restaurant is perfect for anytime dining, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s hard to keep track of your city woes whilst enjoying a meal in a 200 year-old restored wine cellar. The venue oozes comfort and relaxation.
Bookings are essential.
This is Cape comfort food at its best, made with love and care, delivering maximum flavour in generous portions with no glamorous flourishes. Do not expect your plate to looks as if it has been painted, but expect it to taste delicious.
Start off with the oak-smoked snoek fish cake, which is a succulent treat, with crunchy bits of ginger and a hint of chilli, served on a bed of glass noodles. Alternatively, try the free-range chicken salad with a tangy basting sauce and baby green leaves.
Their speciality is grilled lamb rump, served pink, with roasted olives, artichokes and gnocchi. If that seems a bit daunting, try the lightly smoked trout, served with beetroot relish and ricotta croquettes. Whichever way you go, do save room for the pièce de résistance, one of their fabulous cakes; perhaps a lemon meringue piled so high it looks like a hat; or the carrot cake, which is rich and moist, lavished with cream-cheese icing. The cake of the day might be a superbly rich pear frangipane, and if it is, do not miss it.
They offer the entire range of wines from Haut Espoir, as well as their own label, La Dauphine, and some local gems like the ever popular Chocolate Block from Boekenhoutskloof.
Service is very good, with staff showing good knowledge of how the dishes are made.
Very popular with families, the restaurant is located in a beautiful old farm house with a cosy and charming interior. The terrace is much vied for when the weather is good, and there are many long tables outside, often populated with groups of guests having fun. Their rooster, Hendrik, makes his presence known – much to the delight of the kids.
They have a special kiddies’ menu.