3 course with wine pairings R360, without wine pairings R300
Comfy & casual
Bakery fare, Burgers, Country-style fare, Deli fare, French, Health food, Tapas, Vegetarian
Linked to The Foodbarn across the lawn run by Franck Dangereux, this deli and tapas is always filled to the brim – with hungry patrons and delicious eats. Daytime at the deli offers a neat selection of croissants, cakes and coffees, but the hungry can stick around for appealing-sounding egg dishes, sandwiches and pies. From 6pm to 9pm the kitchen turns out exciting, satisfying tapas inspired by cuisine from around the world. You might wonder why they have brown paper menus until you find yourself halfway through a mouthful, fingers covered in sticky sauce, and pointing out yet another dish to the waiter.
Start with crispy spring rolls of the day, saucy chicken livers, and a giant mushroom under a blanket of lemony hollandaise. Then move onto spicy crumbed calamari, beef tataki with fragrant sesame oil and a ponzu tang, and parmesan-loaded potato wedges with truffle oil. Next, go for a perfect pile of garlicky prawns, pork belly on apple purée (good luck trying to share that), sticky Korean chicken wings and, the crowd favourite, a pulled pork quesadilla. Then pick up the menu and start again. You’ve got only three hours, so make them count. Finish off with freshly fried churros in a dark-chocolate dipping sauce.
Start with a glass of bubbles and pick something different to pair with your bites? There are some appealing lesser-known wines, unusual craft beers and delicious cocktails made with the likes of local gin and berry coulis.
Smartly dressed waiters are brisk, well trained, and can impressively rattle off the specials of the day. Your every need is taken care of.
At night the converted farmhouse is moody and dimly lit – beware your sleeves near the tea candles as you reach across to steal a neighbour’s spring roll – but it feels very cosy and comfortable. The open kitchen provides some excitement, and shelves of second-hand books for sale will keep your eyes busy – if you can tear them away from your plate, that is. Families and chilled-out customers from this side of the mountain make up the clientele.
The deli side of the space stays open until 9pm (except for the wine), so pick up some good quality nougat, cookies and olive oil to take home after your meal.
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The extension of Franck Dangereux’s touch of culinary perfection is quite evident in the Deli by day and Tapas Bar by night venue he launched in popular Noordhoek Village a few years ago. You’re almost tempted to start your day with one or more of the delicious breakfast dishes, ranging from poached eggs Benedict with a selection of sides (stacks of bacon with a potato rosti, smoked salmon, roast mushrooms and spinach with potato rosti) and then linger for lunch, grazing over dishes such as the Foodbarn Lyonnaise salad, a deliciously put together chicken prego roll or my favourite, the bacon and brie tram featuring the ultimate taste sensation of delicately roasted garlic and red chilli syrup. You can shop your way around and pick tasty treats for home such as freshly baked pastries, cakes and a few other specialities. The Tapas Bar is the pièce de resistance in Dangereux’s clever day/night creation. It presents a delectable menu abounding with choices. Notables include Parmesan and chilli beignets, sticky bbq Korean chicken wings, prawns Pili Pili, grilled Cajun baby calamari and braised pork belly. It’s worth getting the bread board with various dips and butters, and there’s certainly more than enough for two! To finish off, the churros are a must and come served with a sinful chocolate dip that will leave you wondering if you should order a second one. It is tapas after all!
Some great local wines on offer and a good selection of craft beers too.
The staff is superbly efficient and very knowledgeable about the menu and what drinks to pair with the various dishes.
Vibey and cosy, warm and welcoming at the same time, yet still contemporary and cool. It’s amazing to see the transformation from deli to tapas bar and how effortless it all seems.
The Tapas bar can be booked out for private functions and it’s worth knowing they have a kiddies menu as well.
Living in Noordhoek, we have a diverse selection of good restaurants to choose from. The Foodbarn at Noordhoek Farm Village where famed Chef Franck Dangeroux makes his culinary magic produced an off-spring a couple of year ago - The Foodbarn Deli & Tapas. During the day it is a vibrant and busy Deli, serving breakfast and lunch, cakes and pastries. At night it transforms into a casual, but comfortable restaurant, with friendly and helpful waiters. The Tapas menu and food is as it should be - small portions of the most delectable offerings that tantalise your taste buds, leaving the air above the table filled not only with fragrant aromas of spices and sauces , but also the "aah"s and "mmmm"s and "you have to try some of this!" floating above our heads. The menu has something for everyone, vegetarian dishes, fish, seafood, steak, curry - all with their own paired sauce to enhance and compliment the dish... even this lacto-vegan has choices to make on what to eat -and the puddings - Oh the puddings! Hot cinnamon chirros served with a pot of dark chocolate dipping pot is my very favourite way to end off a meal, but there is always a debate at our table, as it has competition in the Pavlova, and the Nut tart served with Granadilla sorbet, but for me, the Chiros wins. Prices average around R26 for a bread board with crusty chiabatta stick and dipping sauces or fire potatoes to not much more than R20 above that for Fillet sporting a nifty pastry cap and wearing a delectable sauce.The other food offered ranges in between those, with a good selection to choose from. It often comes down to not being able to choose which dishes to order as there are too many you want to try. The sauces, as well as the creative menu and beautifully served food are what makes this Tapas stand out from others I have been to - the Gorgonzola sauce which is served with the Chicken fingers, the tangy tahini mayo that is waiting for the Arrancini Risotto balls to be dunked in, the spicy paprika and chilli paste that the Fire Potatoes are covered in, the mini bunny chow that holds it curry with a lid at a jaunty angle, allowing the steaming aroma to escape - each completely different, each compliment their food partner and each one just gorgeous. Due to the good pricing and size of the food, you can get to taste a variety of dishes. I think our table tasted just about one of everything - we just forgot to order the Pavlova - which looked like food art and somehow slipped past us - but next time it's on the menu for me - that is if I can do without my Chirros!
The Foodbarn Tapas are open Tuesday to Sunday from 6:30 - 9:30. There is also a kiddies menu. They are busy and booking is necessary, and can be made on 021 789 1966. This is Tapas how it should be, with food that sets a standard I have not been able to meet at another Tapas restaurant. Well worth a visit. I have included the link so you can peruse the menu yourself. Just see if your mouth doesn't water! http://www.thefoodbarn.co.za/menus/tapas-menu/