La Colombe chef to open new casual-style eatery in winelands this November

La Colombe chef Scot Kirton has announced his plans to open a casual-style restaurant in the heart of Franschhoek.


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Located near La Petite Colombe in the Le Quartier Français boutique hotel, the new restaurant – named Protégé – will take over the now-closed Garden Room and Bar, which will re-open as the new casual-style eatery in early November 2018

Chef Scot Kirton. Photo by Jan Ras.

Scot is proud to be part of the process of recognising young talented chefs and giving them the opportunity to put themselves on the map. In keeping with this, Protégé will see La Colombe and Foxcroft alumnus Stephen Raaff head the kitchen team, with Rebecca Warner overseeing the front-of-house.

Protégé will have a more casual, comfortable approach than that of his number 7 restaurant and the à la carte menu will be influenced by Asian and French cuisine. Think dishes Arnold Bennett, yoghurt panna cotta and terrine of ham hock for breakfasts or small plates of mussels, Korean fried chicken, onion tart, and confit pork belly for lunches and dinners.

The Franschhoek setting for Protégé. Photo supplied.

The restaurant space is set to be designed around the central show kitchen, with al fresco dining planned at both ends of the restaurant.

Protégé will open on 10 November and is now taking bookings. The restaurant will be open for breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

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