Le Coin Français

3 Reviews
Fine-dining food, French, Modern, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0741260022 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Friday to Sunday 12noon to 2pm(last seating)

Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 6pm to 8pm (last seating)


Menu - Updated menus available on the website.
PDF - current menu
PDF - vegan current menu


Tasting menu – R1195/classic beverage pairing – R1895; Tasting menu with Premium beverage pairing – R2395; Chefs Journey menu – R1395/classic beverage pairing – R2395; Chefs Journey menu with Premium beverage pairing – R2795
Fine-dining food, French, Modern, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Tasting menu – R1195/classic beverage pairing – R1895; Tasting menu with Premium beverage pairing – R2395; Chefs Journey menu – R1395/classic beverage pairing – R2395; Chefs Journey menu with Premium beverage pairing – R2795
Groups, Special occasions, Views
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Booking required, Dinner, Fireplace, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, StreetSmart affliated, Vegetarian, Wheelchair

Critic's review

Chef and owner Darren Badenhorst’s philosophy of ‘art on a plate’, and his classical French training, shine through his nostalgia-inspired, multi-course tasting menus (also available as vegetarian options), which speak to the elegance of classical French cuisine while paying tribute to the artisans, produce and terroir of the Cape. His vision is executed with precision by head chef Miguel de Caries. The menu kicks off with a bread course – sourdough served with tarragon oil, candied ginger and turmeric – which is an excellent opening act and sets the tone for what’s to come. The next course is a choice between the likes of seven-day-cured Wagyu tartare with porcini Catalan, fynbos-pickled beetroot, dehydrated biltong and a rosemary leaf tuille; or two-hour rum-and-beetroot-cured local trout, vadouvan spice crumb, split buttermilk emulsion and wild river herbs. Both display impressive technique and showcase local ingredients. The sharpness of the pickled beetroot contrasts well with the richness of the Catalan in the Wagyu dish. The butter-poached and barbequed north coast langoustine, aerated Grüberg, West Coast snoek brandade velouté, wild vineyard shoots, garden pea and pancetta risotto is beautifully garnished with trout roe, and one of the most popular dishes on the menu. The snoek voluté is luxuriously rich and the acidity of the wine pairing (the Mullineux 2022 white blend) carries the weight of the dish very well. The French-style venison dumpling, slow-braised venison, sauce of venison bourguignon and foraged wild herbs is satisfyingly unctuous; and the quail slow-cooked two ways with confit pork belly, smoked paprika polenta, burnt baby leeks, vineyard grape reduction and blonde jus is well executed, tender and juicy. For dessert, expect choices such as rum baba with beurre noisette ice cream, spiced Anglaise foam and pumpkin marmalade, or ‘the chocolate forest’ – tonka bean custard log, vegan chocolate mousse, brownie soil, matcha moss, pickled shimeji mushroom and coffee crémeux.

Wine pairing with the tasting menus is offered at an additional charge, with the sommelier suggesting some interesting options. Alternatively, you can order by the bottle or glass. The list covers local as well as international options, and there is a digestif trolley from which you can choose something special.

The service is warm and professional, with the whole team focused on making sure that guests have a good experience. Guests are warmly welcomed and offered a glass of bubbly on arrival.

The space is modern and comfortable, with a spiral staircase making an impact. A wood-burning fireplace adds a cosy touch in winter.

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User reviews

3 Reviews
    With only a few days in the Cape, we made sure to make our way to Franschhoek to try out Le Coin Francais, and what a treat it was! We felt quite special being seated at the Chefs table and decided to go for the 8 course chefs journey menu with wine pairing. Wow, we were blown away. Each dish was explained perfectly, delicious wine was poured and each mouthful a new adventure. You can taste the effect that has gone into each dish and the plating was just incredible, each dish a new artwork presented. We were met with soft lighting and candle lit tables which made for an intimate setting, perfect for our romantic night out. We would highly recommend pretty much every dish on the menu... as we tried them all, but what really stood out for us was the lamb and langoustine dishes and we particularly enjoyed the chefs taster of smoked monk fish.
    Le coin Francais exceeded all expectations! On arrival, we were met and greeted by the charming front-of-house restaurant manager Jasper Venter. The understated tables with gray and light wood chairs, crisp white linen and French Lagioule cutlery were only a promise of some amazing things to come. The menu was explained in detail, and being foodies, we bombarded Jasper as well as our experienced waitron Nash with endless questions. These were answered with a good understanding of the dishes to be served. We could choose between the 6 course tasting menu at R595/R995 with wine pairing or the 8 course chefs journey menu R795/R1195 with wine pairing. We opted for the latter and it was probably the best journey we have ever enjoyed. On Jasper's advice, we decided to try all the dishes, not doubling up on an item. Blessed to have both travelled the world, this was probably one of the most exceptional menus and service ever enjoyed. The chef and proprieter Darren Badenhorst came to the table to explain some of the dishes offered and we loved his personal touch. The sommelier knew his wines and his expert summary of my partner and I ensured that our food and wine were suited best to our tastes. These wines are hand selected, and yes, as per a previous review, might seem pricey if you have to take the cost out of context, however, you will have to travel very far to find this wine expertise and selection offered. Every hand selected glass of wine complemented each dish perfectly. We switched plates halfway through a course and I have to admit, that every time I was reluctant to pass my plate over to my partner, but once I tasted his plate, I was smitten with the other dish as well. My partner, who is not really a fish or langoustine eater, can't wait to return to enjoy these items on the lunch menu. He has been swayed with the delicate flavours as presented by chef Darren. The dishes were innovative without being "too clever". Interesting twists but all in absolute harmony. The plating was beautiful and the crockery out of this world. Our waitron displayed his sense of humour when I said I will take eight of the matt black plates as well as the pistachio coloured ones and he said he will dutifully wait outside around the corner! "Would I like them washed beforehand" was his added witty reply. We ended with an amazing whisky from Japan as there are some exceptional whiskies on offer - once again with the expert insight from Jasper. If this would have been our last meal ever, we would have left this earth two very happy individuals. From the exceptional chef Darren and Jasper and team, to the understated elegance of decor and of course, the menu, Le Coin Francaise will most certainly be one of the top ten restaurants not only in South Africa (if not number 1), but be rated internationally as well as one of the top. They deserve all the accolades coming their way. We have already made reservations for two additional dates 2018. The restaurant is intimate but allows more than enough space between diners, so reservations are most certainly advisable.

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