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The Foodbarn Restaurant

The Foodbarn Restaurant
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Cost
R285 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals, Special occasions
Food
Bistro fare, Deli fare, Fine-dining food, French, Pub fare, Seafood, Tapas, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50

Critic's review

Nikita Buxton

Country-style fine dining is what French-born Franck Dangereux’s cooking is all about and the large menu boasts everything from classic techniques to modern twists that create an exciting yet comforting experience. 

 

Food

Both an a la carte and wine-of-the-month pairing menu are available with different choices on each.  The a la carte option features dishes that are seasonal and changes spontaneously according to what’s available.

 

Starters might include a beautifully plated French classic of bouillabaisse. The rich yet delicate fish soup comes served with grilled fish, prawn, mussels, a saffron and garlic potato mousseline, rouille and croutons. There’s also always more than one vegetarian option like the silken raviole stuffed with wild mushroom and ricotta and enrobed in a truffle and fontina cream.

 

Move on to mains like risotto - something Franck has perfected along with his sauces - served with porcini, parmesan and asiago with a dollop of mustard seed mascarpone. The fish course, while interesting in concept, doesn’t quite hit the mark. The sustainable piece of swordfish is a touch over-cooked and topped with a corn galette, which is more of a nacho than galette. The basque piperade and Dalewood Boland cream it’s served with is delicious.

 

Meat eaters will be utterly satisfied with the perfectly cooked pasture-reared beef sirloin. The tender and tasty cut is served with a golden mashed potato fritter that soaks up a robust red wine jus.

 

For dessert, the strawberries and milk is a happy plate of red and pink hues. The combination of fresh and stewed strawberries, vanilla s’mores, meringue shards and strawberry milk sorbet create a nostalgic pink milk flavour in the best possible way.

 

Drinks

The wine list is extensive and well thought out, albeit on the pricier end of the spectrum. Carafes are listed throughout the a la carte menu as pairing suggestions, else there’s a selection of bottles by the likes of Savage Wines, Keermont, Silverthorne, and Cederburg.

 

Service

Attentive and warm. If you need help with the many options on the menu, the team are at the ready to assist.

 

Ambience

The Noordhoek Farm Village is an idyllic spot for families over the weekend. The Foodbarn’s interior has recently been upgraded but keeps that country charm with beautiful lights, comfortable tables and natural light. 

 

Best for...

A lazy lunch or dinner. The restaurant also offers a pensioners special, making it a wonderful spot for the entire family.

(2018)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Amy Ebedes

    Food
    From the get-go, the menu is confusing. A large folder contains the four menus available: a tasting menu, French classics, an a la carte menu and an additional vegetarian menu. Dishes are repeated across the four menus, and ordering across all four menus is possible. It is initially overwhelming, but after some guidance, actually incredibly simple. A little bit of simplifying of the presentation of the offerings would go a long way.

    The food is bold and rich, and portions are very generous. There is no place for flavours to hide here. Starters include the likes of prawn fritters, creamy white fish soups and beer-battered courgettes. The ravioli is a soft, pillowy parcel swimming in a creamy and peppery sauce. Tomatoes provide a much-needed tang to balance the boldness of the dish. The steak tartare is a miss. Balsamic vinegar gives an overpowering sweetness and the excess mayonnaise is scrapped off onto the side plate. It’s almost as if the meat – which should be the star of this dish – is an afterthought, with no complementary flavours on the plate.

    The famed risotto is a hearty bowl of decadence. It’s rich, heavy and creamy with a hearty umami punch from the truffle jus and porcini. Onion shells add a lovely, sweet crunch. The mashed potato fritter that houses the steak au poivre is also highlight. It’s crispy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside. It’s ideal for soaking up the sauce. The sauce is rich, but not creamy, with a delightful sweetness from the brandy and a lingering peppery aftertaste. The steak is a touch tough and could be of slightly better quality. Other mains include duck à l’orange, fish ‘grenobloise’, slow-braised ox tripe and karoo lamb rack.

    For dessert, choose between the likes of pear feuilleté, homemade sorbets and crepes Suzette. The mont blanc – an assortment of chestnut mousse, chestnut purée, meringue, toffee and almond milk ice cream – is a sweet, earthy end to an indulgent meal.

    Drinks
    The confusion of the food menu continues here. Seemingly, there are only glasses of the Foodbarn house wines available (R50 for white, R60 for red) with a host of wines available by the bottle. On further enquiry, it appears wines by the glass are listed throughout the extensive food menu as recommended pairings. This makes it rather cumbersome to find your varietal of choice. Non-house blends have a hefty price tag at around R100 for a glass of white, to R165 for a glass of red.

    Service
    Service is friendly enough, but our waiter is seldom seen, despite it being a quiet evening. The evening is saved by the manger who steps up to the plate on multiple occasions.

    Ambience
    The Foodbarn is a highlight of the Noordhoek Farm Village. It’s bright, clean and elegant. You’ll be mesmerised by the beautiful mural that adorns the wall.

    And…
    Feeling hungry? Try the three- or four-course wine pairing menus, and keep an eye out for their winter specials menu.

    (August 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • THE BEST! (ok: particularly if one pays due regard to the `value for money ` component). If, like us and our friends , the budget is battling with La Colombe , Test Kitchen, Green House et al prices, you will be boweled over. Their `Winter Specials` in particular simply cannot be beaten! The quality of the food , presentation of the dishes and the service is comparable to the very best - and the balance that they maintain between classy fine dining and a cozy homely atmosphere is an example to others.
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  • Amazing food and wine pairing in a cosy setting. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent. Highly recommend!
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  • Visiting this restaurant was totally unplanned (meaning we basically plan ahead of time with regards to which restaurants are visited by us). Anyway, we had a family member visiting so decided to try out The Foodbarn on her recommendation. Booking was made via Dineplan - quick and easy. The restaurant is tastefully decorated whilst also being warm and cosy on a winter's day. We started off with some MCC for him and I. We also ordered a lovely bottle of wine for the table which our waiter recommended. Their lunch menu is short but with interesting options. For starters we had the Steak Tartare , Baby Squid and Chlorophyll. Steak Tartare was excellent with the little quail egg. Other components also went well with the dish. The Baby Squid came avocado pulp, brik pastry, ponzu, black sesame aioli and bonito flakes - another winner here. So the Chlorophyll was the one we were all curious about and it was an excellent choice. It is made up of baby spinach, watercress, mint & edamame beans, homemade humus, truffle and yuzu splash. We added shrimp fritters & parmesan shavings for a little bit extra which made the dish even better. For mains two of us had the Risotto with green asparagus and summer herbs with asiago and mustard seed mascarpone. We added shrimps to this dish. The rice was cooked absolutely perfectly. The whole dish was luscious and we agreed that we could eat that any day and everyday! He had the steak which was cooked perfectly to lovely medium rare as requested. A side portion of chips were ordered. I don't normally get excited about sides but they were pretty good chips that we all tucked into. Desserts were the Strawberry and Milk which was pretty good, Homemade Sorbets and lovely Chocolate Dessert whose name is now eluding me. The most important thing was that the desserts were good, balanced nicely with taste and texture. We are so glad to have had lunch there. The food was beyond exceptional and the service was also good. If you are heading out to that side of town, make sure that you visit this establishment.
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  • I totally agree with Janie VanderSpuy that your critics review should be returned. The Food Barn is FANTASTIC and the winter special menu and value for money is unparalleled. French music played as I walked in the door, the fire was lit and I felt welcome. The waiters and manager were attentive without being intrusive and I could see immediately that they had been trained properly. Not only to know how to serve and treat their customers but about the food as well. I had the Pépé goats cheese with quince and pinotage syrup and it was an absolute delight. I wanted to lick the plate. Then the Provençal Escargot which was so beautifully balanced and a joy to eat. The fish with pernod buerre blanc - now that is just showing off! The lemon posset with strawberrry consomme - was light and refreshing and our food knowledge was tested with the addition of lemon verbena in the meringue. The wine served with each course was offered generously and they all paired very well with the dish. A very memorable evening with fabulously food!
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  • Eat Out - I think you need to return to review your critic's review? We had a fantastic Saturday lunch at the Foodbarn - the Winter Special Menu offers excellent value, a good variety of choices and top quality cuisine. Our dish of the day was Fish crudo, Thai salad, lime & peanut sauce; but our party also loved the Roasted Pépé goats cheese with beetroot & cumin jam, nasturtiums, pumpkin; Escargots: with fennel fondue, puff pastry, Pernod butter & rocket; and the Ash roasted celeriac, beets and onions, cracked hazelnuts, sesame cream, balsamic syrup. Warm and attentive service in a packed restaurant. Worth the drive - we will be back! seeds and oil
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  • We had a special anniversary dinner on 4th Jan 2018. Everything was absolutely excellent. The excellent service was matched by the quality of the courses chosen, 3 courses each, all of which were out of the world. The wine list is one of the best I have come across. Thanks to Jared and Lauren for a magic evening.
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