Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar (Franschhoek)

Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar (Franschhoek)
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R380 per person three-course menu (without wine/beverages)
Local cuisine, Quick meals
Bistro fare, South African
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Critic's review

Richard Holmes

A new location brings a new menu for chef Reuben Riffel, but one that does well to blend new dishes with time-honoured classics. Loyal diners will be happy to reacquaint themselves with the signature pork belly with fynbos honey, as well as Reuben’s always-delicious chilli-salted squid with a fragrant salad of dressed Asian greens. Another classic worth a try is the tuna tataki with lime mayonnaise and toasted sesame seeds. If you like tataki, this is about as good as you’ll find anywhere.

The new menu also offers taster plates for sharing, while main courses are a globetrotting lot, jetting from peppered picanha steak to butter-chicken curry and excellent Vietnamese pho.

Desserts lean towards classic bistro fare, with oozy baked camembert and bacon jam, chocolate fondant and – pick of the bunch – a spiced up crème brûlée with roasted pears and white chocolate soil.

A liquorice toffee from Darling Sweet is a thoughtful touch to finish off the meal.

There's a decent wine offering divided by cultivar. The focus is, rightly, on Franschhoek cellars, with selected estates from further afield. Great selection of local craft gins for summer G&Ts.

Waiters smartly turned out in blue denim and black waistcoats are unfailingly friendly and efficient.

The new Reuben’s is a gorgeous space of screed floors and walls decked with art. Arrive past the glassed-in wine cellar to a long restaurant filled with bistro-chic tables and striking blue banquettes. Stylish, yet cosy, there’s a fireplace for chilly Franschhoek nights.

Long-time fans will be pleased to see the silver airplane wing making up the bar counter in the outside courtyard. It's an idyllic spot for summer evenings.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • Bei uns hat alles gepasst. Das Essen, der Service und die Atmosphäre war perfekt. Auch das Preis- Leistungsverhätnis war aus unserer Sicht gut.
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  • One of our favourite restaurants. We had our Ladies Dinner Club there a few weeks ago and everyone loved it! Will definitely be back soon again!
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  • Excellent food, 5* decor. Service was not what we expected, but all in all an excellent evening
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  • This is the second time visiting Franschhoek and the second visit to Reuben's, in his new location - this restaurant is somewhat an establishment in this town. The food is, as always, delicious - my best meal of the weekend! Congrats on his new venue, it's lovely and the decor is very well thought through, especially the bathrooms! The large room however feels somewhat cold in ambience and doesn't encourage a warmer vibe for an evening meal.
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  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Dress code
  • Fireplace
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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