La Madeleine

6 Reviews
Bistro fare, French
Phone Number 0123613667 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Sunday 12noon to

Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 7pm to

Is this your restaurant?

Claim it now to manage your contact information, photos and menus whenever you like.

Please or signup in order for you to claim this venue.


Menu - La Madeleine - Breakfast Menu - Updated April 2018 La Madeleine - Dinner and Wine Menu - Updated April 2018 Lunch Menu At La Madeleine - Updated April 2018


R195 avg main meal
Bistro fare, French
R60 (wine); R120 (champagne)
R195 avg main meal
Groups, Special occasions
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Child friendly, Dinner, Dress code, Fireplace, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Wheelchair

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Hennie Fisher

Anne Leusch has now officially taken over the reins at La Madeleine, with dad Daniel Leusch only helping out with groups and larger events. Anne is of course blowing a new breath into the food, but all the time staying within the footprints her left over three and a half decades of owning and operating La Madeleine in Pretoria.

An innovative boundary pushing amuse bouche of poached quail egg on a bitter chocolate ganache biscuit sets the tone for a meal that is at the same time classic and familiar. Cauliflower purée with sweetbreads, truffles and red wine jus is light, rich and decadent. Butter poached langoustines with egg noodles and salmon roe is a reinterpretation of one of her parents most iconic dishes. Quail ballotine with mushroom filling, carrot and yuzu mash and a herb mayo is followed by a palate cleanser of mango and rum sorbet, the rum sourced from a local producer in Mpumalanga, Mhoba. ‘Englishman’ fish with fresh mussels, clams and a pea and star anise purée shows serious skill and dexterity by the chef. And no meal is complete at La Madeleine without some interpretation of macerated strawberry brunoise with rhubarb and strawberry sorbet.

One of the best memories for people who have frequented La Madeleine over the years is starting the evening with a Kir Royale, Peach Bellini or a glass of delicious French cider. While they have an impressive and comprehensive wine list, one can always be guided by the staff who know the wines in detail and are happy to make affordable suggestions. And after dinner beverages are equally impressive and delicious, such as a glass of delicious Pommeau de Normandie.

Aboubakar Fofana has been with La Madeleine for many years and provides a lovely Afro-French flair to the service, ably assisted by Kevin Jerekayi who could sell ice to Eskimos and a small team of service staff who are always attentive and on point.

The restaurant interior has recently had a make-over, adopting a fresher, seaside Mediterranean look of cool blues and light colours making for an inviting venue. In winter there is a nice fireplace to warm things up, and in summer few things are nicer than having Sunday lunch around the pool outside. The clientele that frequent La Madeleine is always interesting to behold, ranging from long-standing regulars to young people – some of whose parents and grandparents may have introduced them to La Madeleine - who obviously also enjoy the understated elegance of this long-standing bistro.

Best for...
A grown-up dining experience.


Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

There was a problem with your submission. Errors have been highlighted below.
  • How would you rate La Madeleine?
    This field is required.
  • This field is required.

User reviews

6 Reviews
    My husband took me here for my 28th birthday! I asked surprise me with good food and a romantic atmosphere. The food was divine, we paired a lovely special wine of ours (Grande Provence Cabernet Sauvignon 2008) which is my all time favourite wine. The chef came to say hi and we discussed her passion for food (and mine) and were elated to see how confortable, nice and down to earth she is. We had a 3 course dinner in the higest of ranks. Annd the atmosphere was woneerfully cosy in the middle of winter! Will definitely return here someday!
    Quant little french hide away with great French food at an affordable price
    Stunning and cozy setting, personalized service - feel super special that the Chef explains all the dishes, refreshing not to look at a menu. The food and drinks suggested by the Chef and waiters to pair are always spot on and absolutely delicious and well presented. The waiters are fantastic and it never feels as if they overdo or overlook anything. Wish I could go once a week but cannot afford it. Considering the quality of the food and everything that goes with it, it is understandable that it doesn't come cheap.
    Always the most tender steak and great service.
    The restaurant is like something out of the eighties. And not in a good way. Zero ambiance and looks like your granny's lounge. This appears to be run from someone's house with decor that has not been updated since the place opened. The smell of burnt fish permeated the place, while waiters took us to a table we did not want and did not book.

    Amazing that this bistro can have any positive reviews. It's a restaurant that can only exist in 1980s South Africa, where nobody's ever had an actual gourmet experience. To the owner: food is one thing, but ambiance is also important. Terrible, terrible, terrible. Avoid like the plague.

Promoted Restaurants