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Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar (Franschhoek)

Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar (Franschhoek)
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Cost
R380 per person three-course menu (without wine/beverages)
Ambience
Local cuisine, Quick meals
Food
Bistro fare, South African
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R70

Critic's review

Seth Shezi

A brainchild of celebrated South African chef extraordinaire Reuben Riffel, the food at Reuben’s Franschhoek is the most triumphant return to form for the talented chef. The elegantly relaxed atmosphere lends itself to an alluring dining experience that while new feels rather nostalgic - a gem and a local’s favourite waiting to happen.

Food
Not to fall it tapas but there are so many great options, ordering a wide selection for the tables seems the only sensible thing. Starters such as the beetroot-smoked Franschhoek salmon trout joyfully show off produce hailing from the valley. Trying to narrow down what to order for mains is something of a Sophie’s choice – everything sounds good and after the starters have hit your expectations out of the park, you’ll be itching to get stuck in the spinach risotto with pine nuts, celeriac, butternut, burnt butter and grand brie. But none will quench your venison craving like the Springbok steak with walnuts, butternut-honey, bacon candy and pickled cabbage - succulent steak with a balancing whack of acidity from the pickled cabbage.

Chef Reuben has always had a penchant for a decadent dessert, popularising the once risky chocolate fondant at his previous spot, well Rueben’s Franschhoek stays true to form, but on top of the gooey chocolate fondant there is an addictive array of options such as the lemon yuzu tart and spiced créme brûlée to name a few.

Drinks
The wine list offers a decent scope from middle range to top end wines, with a deliberate emphasis on Franschhoek farms. A curated selection of brandies and gins is available to enjoy with your meal or relaxing in the summer-ready back courtyard.

Service
Friendly and courteous service delivered with the warm Franschhoek smile.

Ambience
The long dining room exhibits an airy light touch to its decor making it both cozy and inviting without being homely. Boasting art clad walls and a slick glass wine cellar, the decor is gorgeous, modern while remaining approachable. The diner place and imposing views of the majestic mountains are just that extra double cherry on top to win you over.

Best for…
The best showcase of celebrated Chef Reuben’s repertoire.

(2018)

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  • Richard Holmes

    Food
    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.

    Drinks
    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.

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

    Ambience
    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.

    And…
    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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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Dress code
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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