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Café BonBon

Café BonBon
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Cost
R170
Ambience
Coffee, Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool, Groups, Views
Food
Café fare, International, Modern
Payment
Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa, Zapper
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Zola Nene

Food
The menu is a selection of French dishes using seasonal ingredients, some with local South African flavours added for a local twist. Starters include a seasonal soup of the day served with a section of home-made bread, crispy fried squid accompanied by a creamy garlic mayonnaise and a scattering of crispy curry leaves. The tartness of the grapefruit in the duck salad makes for a perfectly balanced morsel. For mains, the pork belly with perfectly crisp crackling and rich jus is a must-try signature dish. The light and fresh Mauritian seabass main course is served with crispy skin on a bed of peas and rice and a light herb dressing.

Vegetarians are offered a choice between two types of risotto – wild mushroom and minted pea – as well as a roasted pumpkin pasta dish served with toasted pine nuts. Between starters and main course, a complimentary palette cleanser of sorbet is served which is a lovely added touch. The sorbet flavour varies according to the season.

The dessert selection consists of familiar choices such as crème brûlée and chocolate mousse. The locally sourced cheese selection is the after-dinner highlight and can be ordered for one or more to share. It comes served with a selection of home-made wheat crackers, crispy lavash and a mini whole-wheat bread loaf along with homemade fruit preserves.

Drinks
The wine list is extensive with a wide selection of wines to suit all budgets and taste. It is advisable to order wines from the menu provided as the corkage is R150 and non-negotiable.

Service
The service staff members are attentive and very knowledgeable on the meals as well as the specials on offer. The manager is friendly and always available for questions. The restaurant accommodates children, offering them their own special menu.

Ambience
A cosy, warm space with a fireplace at one end, which is perfect for a winter’s evening. The tables are lined with crisp white linens and classically set in the traditional French style with cutlery lined and long-stem wine glasses. The walls are lined with signed pictures of musical and theatre acts, giving the place a sense of fun. Chalk boards with the daily specials also feature on the wall.

And…
Café BonBon hosts a series of local musical acts for an afternoon of singing and dancing, including a specially designed three-course menu, all included in the ticket price. Enquire about the dates and make bookings on www.lapetite.co.za/events-calendar.

(August 2017)

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  • Greg Landman

    Food
    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.

    Wine
    A more than adequate list featuring their own wines as well as some of the treasures of this famous wine area.

    Service
    Warm and friendly in the country manner.

    Ambience
    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.

    And...
    The place is very family and child friendly, much loved by the locals and visitors – bookings are essential.

    (September 2016)

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  • Lentswe Bhengu

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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.

    Drinks
    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.

    Service
    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.

    Ambience
    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.

    And…
    Bookings are essential.

    (August 2015)

  • Greg Landman

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    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.

    Wine

    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

    Service is very good, with staff showing good knowledge of how the dishes are made.

    Ambience 

    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.

    And… 

    They have a special kiddies’ menu.

    (August 2014)

     

User reviews

  • Had a superb meal here this past week, the highlights are the Confit Duck with wild mushrooms and a pork belly with naartjie! The location is beautiful and thier new chef is going places!
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  • Everything we expected this nestled away little Franschhoek gem would be. Beautiful farm and I'm sure as a venue (wedding etc) it would be even better. Service wasn't great, but that's because you are in the Cape Winelands and this is to be expected - laid back and relaxed, borderline slow and inattentive if you're from places like Gauteng. Nevertheless, the food was brilliant and attention to detail made everything feel very special. Lovely time.
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  • Beautiful property tucked away in the heart of Franschhoek. Perfect for a romantic getaway or just to escape the noise of the city. Service was brilliant and the Roast Belly of Pork was out of this world! Would definitely recommend Café Bonbon.
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  • Fantastic spot for a leisurely breakfast in the sun. Eggs Benedict cooked exactly to order, enjoyed out on the patio taking in the gorgeous surrounds.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Dog-friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • WiFi

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