Chef Darren Badenhorst of Grande Provence fame is making the move to the heart of Franschhoek on Huguenot Street, with the opening of his very own fine-dining restaurant. Set to open 11 October, Le Coin Français will offer tourists and locals modern French-inspired dining with a nod to the Franschhoek Valley.
Translating to The French Corner, just like Franschhoek, Le Coin Français is set to showcase the valley’s heritage, cuisine, wine, and even art. Darren – who will be leaving his executive chef post at Grande Provence to focus on this new venture – plans to bring an exploration of flavours, textures, and techniques to the dining experience, with touches of French inspiration.
While the menu is still being fine-tuned, guests can look forward to dishes like ruby-cured sea bass with lacto-fermented black garlic and five elements of citrus; and wagyu beef cooked on river rock, with pickled mustard, foraged local mushrooms and lamb fat confit potatoes.
A carefully selected wine list will round things off, showcasing the best of Franschhoek Valley’s wines as well as a French sommelier’s selection, for a Parisian touch.