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The name Franck Dangereux is often associated with great food, thanks to his legacy in the local food scene. His original restaurant, simply The Foodbarn, is a reliable go-to for elevated, yet simple food. The most recent addition is that of The Foodbarn Deli and Tapas, situated in the same Noordhoek Village as its older sister. During the day, it acts as a cafe, serving breakfasts and light lunches. At night, it offers up tapas.
As you know with the Foodbarn group, you’re going to have a down-to-earth, honest meal, and the food served at the deli is just that. Popping in for lunch, the options are that of a refined farmstall. There are freshly-made pies filled with a choice of braised pork and red wine or classic chicken and mushroom and the flatbreads are topped with interesting options such as butter chicken or smoked salmon, dill cream and watercress. The salads are made in the same refreshed approach and a particular standout was the calamari salad, with lightly-spiced calamari tossed generously through with leaves, green beans, tomatoes and avo, and topped with an aioli-style dressing. Perhaps slightly overdressed, the salad was otherwise tasty. For the sweet tooth-inclined, you’re spoiled for choice with a rotation of homemade cakes and pastries. While we didn’t stay for tapas, the menu looks enticing – mini bunny chows, sauteed potatoes with truffle oil and tuna tataki with peanut sauce all sound like something I could get stuck into.
The deli sells a neat and impressive array of wines, so you’re bound to find something pleasing at a good price, such as Badenhorst or Zevenwacht wines. The coffee is roasted around the corner in the Village, and makes for a very tasty flat white.
The service is welcoming and friendly, and though the food comes hard and fast, you’ll never feel like you’re being ushered out.
The buzz in the deli during is pleasant and makes you feel like you’re much further than 30 minutes away from the hustle and bustle in Cape Town.
Take a turn through the deli store on your way out for pies and bakes to cook at home, as well as high quality pantry items such as olive oil, coffee beans and freshly-baked bread.