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The Foodbarn

The Foodbarn
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  • Location 021 789 1390
  • Phone Number Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Noordhoek, Cape Town
  • email info@thefoodbarn.co.za
  • Website URL www.thefoodbarn.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon to 2.30pm

    Dinner: Summer: Tuesday to Saturday 7pm to 9.30pm; Winter: Wednesday to Sunday 7pm to 9.30pm

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Cost
R200 avg main; Winter: R325 for three-course set menu (with wine pairing); R380 for four-course set menu (with wine pairing)
Ambience
Classic elegance, Comfy & casual
Food
Country-style fare, Fine-dining food, French, Modern, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Raphaella Frame-Tolmie

Food
With his French roots and years spent in various kitchens of reputable local restaurants, chef Franck Dangereux has perfected the art of combining fine-dining expertise with South African flavours and ingredients. The menu at The Foodbarn offers a variety of simple-sounding country fare that’s served with finesse. You can opt for a tasting menu or order à la carte, and good news for vegetarians is that there's a full menu of entirely suitable, creative options. For those watching their waistlines, if you see LC next to an item on the menu, it means low calorie. For starters, the goat’s cheese fritter with roasted celeriac, goat’s feta crème and Morello cherry sauce is light but punchy on flavour, and you’ll notice the French heritage in dishes like the comforting bouillabaise soup. There is usually a risotto option on the menu, and it’s often flexible – a pumpkin-and-blue-cheese risotto with pumpkin seeds and pea shoots, for example, with an optional addition of prawns. For those with a penchant for a locally inspired dish, the curried oxtail tripe is well-cooked, tender and balanced in flavour. The dessert list offers an array of exciting creations, such as a berry and orange gratin in Amandine sabayon with granadilla curd ice cream, and even the more classic choices have a twist, such as silky crème brûlée with a rhubarb-and-vanilla compote at its base.

Drinks
The concise, approachable wine list has options for every taste, and if you’re really not sure, every dish on the menu comes with a recommended wine pairing.

Service
Thanks to an efficient booking system you’ll receive an SMS with confirmation of your reservation almost immediately. Service is professional, friendly and attentive without being overbearing.

Ambience
The restaurant is prettily decorated in hues of blue and white. It lends itself well to both a relaxed meal and a more special occasion.

And…
If you enjoy what you eat, you can purchase one of the three recipe books by chef Franck Dangereux, or pop over to the Foodbarn Deli nearby, for a few delicious treats to snack on later.

(October 2015)

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    Food 
    The Foodbarn has always been a great choice for a lazy weekend lunch and boasts a loyal following of diners who appreciate chef Franck Dangereux’s French-style sauces and techniques. This is certainly not a Noakes-friendly establishment, with puff pastry, fritters, potpies and creamy sauces all over the show – and happily so. (If you are of the banting persuasion and looking for something lighter, they do offer some lower calorie meals, indicated ‘LC’.) Standout dishes include mushroom ravioli smothered in a rich and delicious fontina and truffle cream, and it’s very hard to resist the prawn fritters. Dishes like perfectly al dente risotto and Franck’s signature “offal of the day” – perhaps tripe cooked to melt-in-the-mouth softness with a touch of chilli – are always an event. Dessert is memorable: a fruit gratin with a sabayon is lifted with granadilla curd ice cream, and a trio of homemade sorbets – berry, guava and yoghurt – is a subtle, fresh and very light treat.

    Drinks 
    The restaurant is known for their expert wine pairing suggestions with every dish. They offer some very good wines, like the Newton Johnson Chardonnay and the Howard Booysen Riesling (a popular choice).

    Service 
    Guests can expect a helpful and informative approach from waiters who know never to interrupt when not needed and disappear when they are.

    Ambience 
    The building, with it dark blue and crystal accents, is no barn but rather a modern and relaxed venue. There is something very pleasing about tucking into indulgent food in the barn rafters on a wintry day, surrounded by happily quaffing regulars.

    And...
    The eatery’s lovely winter specials are well worth the drive.

    (July 2014)

  • Here they celebrate elegant, mouth-watering food and the good life. Top local ingredients are presented with French flourishes by chef Franck Dangereux, such as roasted lamb with tomato-pecorino quiche; ‘offal of the day’; pumpkin and celeriac risotto; and beef with a wickedly rich bourguignonne sauce. Striking an easy balance between rustic and smart, pale blue and chalky white décor create a farm-style atmosphere but with lightness and grace.
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    Noordhoek Farm Village, with its unhurried pace and outdoorsy atmosphere, is a fitting home for The Foodbarn, a gem that celebrates quality produce and the good life. Top local ingredients are presented with French flourishes, impressive both to diners familiar with Franck Dangereux's culinary chops (he was formerly head chef at Top 10 restaurant [La Colombe](http://eatout.co.za/Restaurants/3684/Cape-Town/Fusion-French-South-African/La-Colombe ""La Colombe""), where he cooked for Oprah and Leonardo DiCaprio), as well as those who’ve arrived at this unpretentious restaurant with no expectations. Starter surprises like pork tripe spring rolls feature alongside fish soup, steak tartare and mussel fritters on a seasonal menu, so even regulars could never become bored with Franck’s food. The prawn tempura on a confit tomato, aubergine and avo tian with a sweet chilli and basil salsa is full of flavour: the crunch of the golden batter providing contrast to the delicate prawn flesh. Vegetarian mushroom ravioli pockets are superb in both taste and texture, served with a silky black truffle sauce. Mains are generously and attractively plated, but without too much fuss. Deciding between the likes of roasted lamb rack with tomato and pecorino quiche, sustainable fish in a puff-pastry case, and intriguing ‘offal of the day’ (kidney and lamb pot pie) is difficult. In the end, the pumpkin and celeriac risotto (off the more than sufficient vegetarian menu) is deliciously tender and glossy, with the addition of toasted almonds and baby leaves for crunch, while the grass-fed Botswana sirloin is pleasingly pink, served with a polenta croquette – punchy with garlic – and a wickedly rich bourguignonne sauce. This is elegant, mouth-watering food with little extra touches to place it high in the estimation of fine dining lovers, despite its more accessible appeal. Thoroughly enjoyable desserts of churros with cinnamon ice cream and custard brûlée, and strawberry cheesecake with rhubard panna cotta round off the meal.

    Wine
    Wine pairings are suggested for each of the dishes on the menu, which is a nice touch. If you are looking for just a glass of something else, the list has a handful of options for each varietal at surprisingly reasonable prices.

    Service
    Staff are warm and charming. You receive the right amount of attention and feel as if your experience genuinely matters to the waiter. Cutlery is deftly replaced after each course, wine and water glasses are topped up discreetly, and an off-menu milkshake is even whipped up in a wink. The kitchen is on the ball, with courses arriving perfectly on time.

    Ambience
    The white glass-pane doors of the restaurant open onto a welcoming interior. Striking an easy balance between rustic and smart, the exposed-beam thatch roof, stone-coloured floors and pale blue and chalky white décor create a farm-style atmosphere but with lightness and grace. Quirky elements like an old window framing vintage silver cutlery and curling decorative metalwork complement the fancier French pieces like a ball-and-claw reception table.

    And...
    The Foodbarn restaurant is in a separate building to Foodbarn Deli and Tapas (on the opposite side of the large Noordhoek Farm Village parking lot), so you might find yourself wandering around under the stars if you arrive for the first time at night. Keep right as you enter the lot and you’ll see the old barn building. (Linda Scarborough, July 2013)

User reviews

  • An oasis amidst the bustle of Noordhoek Farm Village, 'The Food Barn' remains a culinary star in the southern Peninsula. With its seasonal a la carte and tasting menus, it is in the higher price bracket, but Franck (always welcoming, friendly and knowing his guests) is a joy to support. With delicious starters such as those prawn fritters and some wonderful desserts such as the posset, one doesn't even need to indulge in a main. Useful too are wines by the caraffe and the bottle, and their Winter special menus have a deservedly loyal following. Great and unusual sadly in Cape Town, to see the simple but effective use of fresh flowers as part of the decor.
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  • We were lucky enough to get a last minute booking (cancellation) for The Foodbarn yesterday. Had such a delicious Sunday lunch and experience. The lamb was recommended by our waitress and was absolutely perfect for yesterday's rainy day. The peanut ice-cream, which accompanied the Belgian chocolate dessert, was more-ish! Service was friendly and attentive and restaurant is well suited for a comfortable Sunday lunch. Will definitely be back.
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  • My first visit to Noordhoek I stumbled upon this hidden gem. Never will I visit Cape Town again without paying The Foodbarn a visit. The food is pricey but definitely worth every cent. Special mention to James who served us most recently. He epitomizes The Foodbarn Brand. Well done James!
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  • This is truly a gem of a place, from the food to the service, this place is truy a 5 star experience. Their wine selection is well priced and good variety. This place has stormed into my top 5.

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  • Wow! The best restaurant by far in Cape Town! We had their Winter Special menu last night with Nitida wine paring. I had 3 courses and my husband had 5 courses! Everything was excellent, from the tasty beautifully presented food to the service. Bravo Franck, we will be back!

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