Ambience★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Service★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Food★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The food menu is substantial and features a light meal section as well as more substantial menu items, for those like me, who are always hungry. To start, we had the fresh mussels in a curry broth, which is also available in a white wine broth option. The mussels were perfectly plump and the curry sauce was mildly spicy and creamy, a really delicious dish. Also on the starter menu was a springbok carpaccio served with crispy bread and balsamic glaze sprinkled with Parmesan cheese - a very tasty starter indeed. The spiced baby squid with pineapple starter is simply sublime, tender baby squid, lightly coated in a spicy seasoning served with a sweet pineapple salsa and mustard mayo - a perfect mouthful of tastes and textures.
For mains, the line fish came highly recommended by the waiter as the chef's signature, the fish of the day was yellowtail served on a bed of crushed potatoes, blanched green vegetables and a lemon cream sauce. Sadly, it was very mediocre; the fish was dry and the vegetables flavourless, the sauce was the tastiest item on the plate. The lamb shank is huge and comes served on a bed of polenta, not too bad in terms of flavour, but nothing to write home about either. There is a selection of three pies on the menu; chickpea and lentil, chicken and lamb pie, which we opted for. It came served with the most delicious mushroom gravy, but the pie itself wasn't great, the pastry at the bottom was very soggy. There are many other items to try on the menu - a selection of salads, pastas and sandwiches too.
For dessert, choose from options of carrot cake, gluten-free chocolate cake, malva pudding or the signature salted-caramel cheesecake served with ice cream. The carrot cake and cheesecake are definite winners and generous slices, too.
The drinks menu boasts a large selection of local red, white and sparkling wines, most available to order by the glass. A selection of hot beverages as well as soft drinks are also available.
Service is inattentive and slow. The staff seemed more interested in catching up with each other than actually waiting on tables. The waiter’s knowledge of the menu items is very good, though, and he was helpful in explaining the chef’s signature dishes and making recommendations based on our preferences.
The inside of the restaurant is small and quaint with raw wood finishes. Colourful artwork adorns the walls, each artist has a designated area where their artwork is displayed, even the bar serves as a display area for artwork. On a beautiful sunny day, opt to sit outside under the tress and admire the statue in the centre of the courtyard while surrounded by trees and foliage. There is a designated kid’s play area as well to keep the little ones entertained. Child seats are also available on request.
A quaint restaurant and gallery space situated in the heart of Francshhoek. Perfect for casual dining and is child-friendly.