Bistro BonBon at La Petite Dauphine

5 Reviews
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Bistro fare, Coffee, Modern
Phone Number 0218762679 Opening Hours Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 8am to 11am

Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon to 4pm

Dinner: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 7pm to 10pm (last seating 8.30pm)


Menu - BBB Breakfast Menu  - Updated July 2019 Beverage Menu   - Updated July 2019 BBB Winter menu - Updated July 2019


R170 avg main meal
Bistro fare, Coffee, Modern
R170 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Views
Amex, Diners, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Accommodation, Alfresco, Beer served, Booking required, Breakfast, Dinner, Dog-friendly, Fireplace, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, WiFi

Location and contact

La Petite Dauphine Guest Farm, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Ilse van der Merwe

Bistro Bonbon prides itself on serving comfort food where the sourcing of local ingredients remain key. The menu is a mixture of French bistro classics and traditional South African favourites. Starter items like the “soup du jour” and “winter salad” change with the availability and seasonality of ingredients. Favourite items are the Elgin free range chicken livers, with a house made peri-peri and fresh bread, as well as the seared free range beef carpaccio, served with Grana Padano and a reduced balsamic and caper dressing.

For mains, the braised free range lamb is an absolute winner - a generous portion of meltingly tender meat braised with tomatoes and served with mashed potatoes and herb gremolata. The vegetarian option of wild mushroom risotto with shiitake mushroom arancini, truffle and parmesan is excellently seasoned. Other popular choices are the sustainable linefish “caldo verde” with heirloom tomato, swiss chard and crispy potatoes.

For dessert, there are two sweet options and an artisanal cheese platter to choose from. The poached winter fruit with honeycomb and cinnamon ice cream is the perfect comforting ending to a superb, scrumptious meal. A children’s menu and a selection of cakes are also on offer.

A selection of carefully selected wines from neighbouring estates as well as other SA wine areas such as the Overberg covering all the basic varietals are on offer - a few also per 250ml carafe, but no options per glass (750ml bottle prices vary from R175-R580, excluding MCC’s). You’ll also find a list of spirits, beers, liqueurs, coffees and teas.

Service is adequate (can be slow sometimes) and staff members are all very friendly.

The cosy interior and fire place of Bistro Bonbon is perfect for a winters day, but you’ll find some welcome sunny spots on the patio overlooking the pond and lawn during warmer weather. The farm is beautiful with manicured lawns and beautiful orchard & mountain views. The barn-style thatched roof interiors provide a splash of rustic comfort and there is a welcoming ambiance throughout. Leather and wooden chairs combined with crisp white tablecloths set the scene for premium bistro dining.

Best for...
Bistro Bonbon is the perfect choice if you’re looking for world class comfort food within a tranquil countryside setting.



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User reviews

5 Reviews
    Had a superb meal here this past week, the highlights are the Confit Duck with wild mushrooms and a pork belly with naartjie! The location is beautiful and thier new chef is going places!
    Everything we expected this nestled away little Franschhoek gem would be. Beautiful farm and I'm sure as a venue (wedding etc) it would be even better. Service wasn't great, but that's because you are in the Cape Winelands and this is to be expected - laid back and relaxed, borderline slow and inattentive if you're from places like Gauteng. Nevertheless, the food was brilliant and attention to detail made everything feel very special. Lovely time.
    Beautiful property tucked away in the heart of Franschhoek. Perfect for a romantic getaway or just to escape the noise of the city. Service was brilliant and the Roast Belly of Pork was out of this world! Would definitely recommend Café Bonbon.
    Fantastic spot for a leisurely breakfast in the sun. Eggs Benedict cooked exactly to order, enjoyed out on the patio taking in the gorgeous surrounds.

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