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A brainchild of celebrated South African chef extraordinaire Reuben Riffel, the food at Reuben’s Franschhoek is the most triumphant return to form for the talented chef. The elegantly relaxed atmosphere lends itself to an alluring dining experience that while new feels rather nostalgic - a gem and a local’s favourite waiting to happen.
Not to fall it tapas but there are so many great options, ordering a wide selection for the tables seems the only sensible thing. Starters such as the beetroot-smoked Franschhoek salmon trout joyfully show off produce hailing from the valley. Trying to narrow down what to order for mains is something of a Sophie’s choice – everything sounds good and after the starters have hit your expectations out of the park, you’ll be itching to get stuck in the spinach risotto with pine nuts, celeriac, butternut, burnt butter and grand brie. But none will quench your venison craving like the Springbok steak with walnuts, butternut-honey, bacon candy and pickled cabbage - succulent steak with a balancing whack of acidity from the pickled cabbage.
Chef Reuben has always had a penchant for a decadent dessert, popularising the once risky chocolate fondant at his previous spot, well Rueben’s Franschhoek stays true to form, but on top of the gooey chocolate fondant there is an addictive array of options such as the lemon yuzu tart and spiced créme brûlée to name a few.
The wine list offers a decent scope from middle range to top end wines, with a deliberate emphasis on Franschhoek farms. A curated selection of brandies and gins is available to enjoy with your meal or relaxing in the summer-ready back courtyard.
Friendly and courteous service delivered with the warm Franschhoek smile.
The long dining room exhibits an airy light touch to its decor making it both cozy and inviting without being homely. Boasting art clad walls and a slick glass wine cellar, the decor is gorgeous, modern while remaining approachable. The diner place and imposing views of the majestic mountains are just that extra double cherry on top to win you over.
The best showcase of celebrated Chef Reuben’s repertoire.
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