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Les délices de France

Les délices de France
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Cost
R190 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Bistro fare, French
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Critic's review

Kholeka Kumalo

Food
In the middle of Roodepoort suburbia lies Les délices de France – the delights of France – owned and run by chef Robert Baxa, who opened the restaurant three years ago.

‘Beer is cheaper than therapy’ reads a sign on the wall of a covered but sun-lit patio, setting the tone for a light-hearted lunch. Make sure to ask the waitrons about the specials of the day. If you’re lucky you’ll get the tastiest duck salad you’ll ever have, with crispy slices of duck breast, baby tomatoes, mixed lettuce, spring onion and vinaigrette. Buried in the middle is a perfectly poached egg, which adds a welcome creamy texture to the dish.

From the menu, and equally delicious, is the bisque de langouste, a crayfish bisque with prawns, cream and a dash of brandy; and, of course, pan-fried frog legs (cuisses de grenouilles sauce poulette) imported from France in a creamy, garlicky, shallot-strong sauce.

For mains, all dishes are served with potatoes and mixed vegetables, although you’ll struggle to make room for them if you order the large serving of cassoulet with duck leg, pork sausage, lamb and butter beans galore. Easier to accommodate is the salt-cured, slow-cooked duck leg served on a classic brown French sauce, or the popular and incredibly tender beef fillet in béarnaise sauce.

The chef will insist that you round off your meal with dessert. Classic French options include crème caramel, crème brûlée and seven different soufflés.

Drinks
Something to appreciate about the extensive wine list is that sold-out items are clearly marked with a bright pink sticker, so you know exactly what you’re working with. You’re spoiled for choice with the plenty of French champagnes and French and South African red and white wines from which to choose.

Service
Chef Baxa makes all guests feel at home and explains the menu where needed. Waitrons are happy to make recommendations and attend to any and all tables.

Ambience
Relaxed, friendly and warm – you could be visiting a friend’s house for lunch.

And…
To the side of the restaurant’s front patio is a cosy, sunny lounge for smokers.

(September 2016)

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  • Jodi-Ann Pearton

    Food
    This little gem of a restaurant is hidden in an old house converted by chef-patron Robert Baxa in Florida North. What the establishment lacks in the finer points of décor, it makes up for in some of the best French cuisine outside of France. The menu give patrons an excellent selection of classical dishes to start with, such as cuisses de grenouilles à La Provençale (traditionally prepared frog’s legs) and escargot (snails) for the more adventurous, to French onion soup and crisp classical salads for the more reserved. Mains are varied, well sized and beautifully presented. French classics such as tripe, steak tartare, duck confit and chateaubriand are standard offerings, and the chef’s list of specials changes on a daily basis. Every dish is sublime, classically prepared and cooked to perfection. Dessert is another whole journey – and one not to be missed. Sink your teeth into velvety crème caramel or the most decadent chocolate mousse imaginable, set on an almond base. Then there’s an entire page dedicated to soufflés! If you just can’t decide, try the assortment platter of desserts, which features small bites of the chef’s choices that night.

    Drinks
    Les Délices de France has a wine list of which to be proud. Most of the offerings are French, including Champagne, ciders and a selection of appealing whites and reds. There is also a well-considered selection of local wines to suit most budgets.

    Service
    Service is excellent. Booking is quick, painless and efficient, whether done online or telephonically, and all staff are incredibly pleasant, right from the security guard at the gate to each and every waiter you meet. All food is turned around efficiently, and the team works together professionally to ensure that no table is left unattended.

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    The restaurant is often full of European diners, giving you the feeling of being in a French café as the dialects sweep across the room.

    And…
    The food will have you coming back for more. The soufflés and macarons are not to be missed, and do treat yourself to some lovely old-world French wine. –

    (April 2015)

  • Jodi-Ann Pearton

    Food

    This little gem of a restaurant is hidden in an old house converted by chef-patron Robert Baxa in Florida North. What the establishment lacks in the finer points of décor it makes up for in some of the best French cuisine outside of France.

    The menu give patrons an excellent selection of classical dishes to start with, such as cuisses de grenouilles à La Provençale (traditionally prepared frog’s legs) and escargot (snails) for the more adventurous, to French onion soup and crisp classical salads for the more reserved.

    Mains are varied, well sized and beautifully presented; you might feel as if you’re dining in a true French bistro in Lyon or Paris. The ingredients are procured with care, as demonstrated by the chef announcing that no sole would be served on the night as he refused to offer anything that was not perfect. 

    French classics such as tripe, steak tartare, duck confit and chateaubriand are standard offerings, and the chef’s list of specials changes on a daily basis depending on what his suppliers have available. Every dish is sublime, classically prepared and cooked to perfection.

    Dessert is another whole journey – and one not to be missed. Sink your teeth into velvety crème caramel or the most decadent chocolate mousse imaginable, set on an almond base. Then there’s an entire page dedicated to soufflés! If you just can’t decide, try the assortment platter of desserts, which features small bites of the chef’s choices that night.

    Drinks

    Until recently, the establishment did not have a liquor licence, but now Les Délices de France has a wine list of which to be proud. Most of the offerings are French, including Champagne, ciders and a selection of appealing whites and reds. There is also a well-considered selection of local wines to suit most budgets. It’s an exciting exercise to go through the list and explore the wine regionally before making a final decision. Ask the chef for advice; he’s often to be found interacting with his guests.

    Service

    The service at Les Délices de France is excellent. Booking is quick, painless and efficient, whether done online or telephonically, and all staff are incredibly pleasant, right from the security guard at the gate to each and every waiter you meet. All food is turned around efficiently, and the team works together professionally to ensure that no table is left unattended, but without interfering with your experience.

    Ambience

    The restaurant is often full of European diners, giving you the feeling of being in a French café as the dialects sweep across the room. The converted house has a closed-in patio, which is rather rustic and not quite finished off. There is art on the walls and moody lighting, but plastic tablecloths, no music and unlit candles. At first it’s all a little confusing, until all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and you’re swept away to France by the sublime cuisine and wine, and brilliant chef.

    And…
    The food will have you coming back for more. The soufflés and macarons are not to be missed, and do treat yourself to some lovely old-world French wine.

     

    (April 2015)

User reviews

  • Maybe it was an off day when we went there. We were stuck in a pokey little room with no ambience. I ordered rack of lamb and got 3 miniscule chops from a lamb that must have just been born. At R185 this was a huge rip off. The onion soup which I had as a starter I must admit was good but also on the expensive side. I also did not appreciate the owner/chef berating the kitchen staff at the top of his voice. There is only one Gordon Ramsay. I will not be going back as I feel it is extremely overpriced for mediocre food.
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  • I was recently taken on a very special dinner date to this little French place. I'd never heard of it, and driving up I had my reservations but once inside, I was transported. Authentic French cuisine, French owners/managers, and what felt like a "tucked away little European spot". As a massive foodie, I was surprised to have never had the opportunity to dine here before. A very good sign, as we were seated, was the sound of French coming from neighbouring tables. The food is deliciously and lovingly prepared. The chef is friendly and boisterous and welcoming. I had an out of this world calf brain starter and some of the best tongue ever tasted as a main. Perhaps my company added to my enjoyment but I felt like it was one of my favourite dining experiences thus far. Pricing is a bit on the heavy side so most of us won't be able to enjoy this as a regular dining experience but in terms of a romantic night or a special occasion, you can't go wrong. I would highly recommend it, especially for the more adventurous diner (though those who prefer to stay away from tripe, brains and such will be just as easily satisfied).
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