The Restaurant

Le coin Français is a restaurant really and truly for Franschhoek. Both in concept and in name, the aptly named “Le coin Français” , which literally means Franschhoek, will embody the essence of the valley in heritage, cuisine, art and wine. It will feature cutting edge methods meeting time tested French elegance in cuisine, a carefully selected locally themed wine list to showcase the best local wines, a French sommeliers selection, and an ever-evolving collaboration of art.

Chef / Proprietor

Multiple award winning Chef de cuisine and owner, Darren Badenhorst  will take diners on a journey through his interpretations of nostalgic food memories encompassing “art on a plate” and leading them through a unique culinary exploration of flavours, textures and interactive creations.

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Head Chef

Chef Miguel’s love and passion for cooking began at a very young age and were encouraged by his Portuguese family. After graduating as a qualified chef, he gained experience working in some of the best hotels in the country. On a quest to grow and expand his culinary knowledge and skills even further, Miguel traveled to Europe, where he worked in various Michelin-starred establishments. His style of cooking is one that is always evolving, as he enjoys keeping up with the trends of the culinary world while working with fresh ingredients and taking his diners on a culinary adventure with every bite.

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Maître d’

Meet our Maître d’, Ephraim. A fine dining aficionado with 12 years of experience delivering exceptional dining experiences to guests. With a winning attitude & passion for excellence, he brings enthusiasm and a hard-working attitude to not only Le coin Français, but to our restaurant group

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Sommelier

Meet our sommelier, Brendon. He is devoted to the world of food & wine and takes pride in the quality & excellence of our restaurant. He first fell in love with wine when he came to the scenic Franschhoek Valley and is continuously exploring the best wine in the country as well as from around the world. Bringing passion to the table, one sip at a time.

Tasting menu – R1195/classic beverage pairing – R1895

Tasting menu with Premium beverage pairing – R2395

Chefs Journey menuR1695/Classic beverage pairingR2595

Chefs Journey menu with Premium beverage pairingR3190

Non-alcoholic pairing – R595

Add on Caviar course – R495

Add on Cheese course to Tasting Menu – R195

Vegetarian menu available on request

MENU

Sourdough milk bread, smoked Maldon butter, foraged porcini butter

Amuse-bouche

3-hour Cured venison loin, venison tartar, grilled baby beetroot, cinnamon and buchu crumble, blueberry and beetroot emulsion, locally foraged herbs

Chefs taster

Butter poached and BBQ north coast langoustine, aerated Gruberg and west coast snoek brandad velouté, wild vineyard shoots, garden pea and pancetta risotto

Palate cleanser

40°C Sous-vide duck breast, corn and duck prosciutto maize risotto, smoked corn and plum puree, duck jus, micro shoots

Or

Wood grilled sustainable seabass, locally sourced heirloom vegetables, white bean foam, pine nut relish

“Cheese and the Bees” – Blue cheese mousse, honey tuille, pear and red pepper relish, plum chutney, infused honey, pollen

Pre-dessert

“The chocolate forrest”, tonka bean custard log, vegan chocolate mousse, brownie soil, matcha moss, pickled shimeji mushroom, coffee crémeux

 

A discretionary service charge of 12.5% is added to all bills, please feel free to add more if the experience exceeded your expectations.

Tasting menu – R1195/classic beverage pairing – R1895

Tasting menu with Premium beverage pairing – R2395

Add on cheese course to Tasting Menu – R195

Chefs Journey menuR1695/classic beverage pairingR2595

Chefs Journey menu with Premium beverage pairingR3190

Non-alcoholic pairingR595

Vegetarian menu available on request

 

MENU

Sourdough milk bread, Café de Paris butter

Amuse-bouche

Grilled beetroot, vadouvan spice crumb, split buttermilk emulsion, wild river herbs

Chefs taster

Tomato and grilled artichoke, bean puree, pinenut relish, seasonal micro shoots

Palate cleanser

Corn and maize rice risotto, smoked corn and plum puree, micro shoots

“Cheese and the Bees”- Blue cheese mousse, honey tuille, pear and red pepper relish, plum chutney, infused honey, pollen

Pre-dessert

“The chocolate forest”, tonka bean custard log, vegan chocolate mousse, brownie soil, matcha moss, pickled shimeji mushroom, coffee crémeux

A discretionary service charge of 12.5% is added to all bills, please feel free to add more if the experience exceeded your expectations.

Lunch

Friday – Sunday 

12:00 – 14:00 (last seating) 

Dinner

Tuesday – Sunday

18:00-20:00 (last seating)

Booking is essential

*Please note that if guests are 30 min late for their reservation without notice we reserve the right to cancel their booking. 

Current Awards

Gourmet Guide Award 2024 - Two Plates

For exceptional dining that demands a detour

Franschhoek
Afristay has named Le Coin Français a Top Restaurant in Franschhoek

50 Best Discovery

Chosen for 50 Best Discovery

Eat Out Mercedes Benz Awards 2019

Top 20 Nominee & 16th Overall  – 2019

Haute Grandeur Global Restaurant awards 2018/2019

Best heritage restaurant, Best French cuisine, Best luxury restaurant, Best romantic atmosphere 

The Gourmet Guide

Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Winner – Top 10% Worldwide

Eat Out Mercedes Benz Awards

Top 30 Nominee & 14th Overall  – 2018/2019

The best chef awards

Top 300 best chefs in the world 2017/2018 & top 350 best chef in the world 2018/2019

Restaurant Week

Best Restaurant Cape Winelands 2018

The Gourmet Guide

Plated award for exceptional cuisine 2020

The Gourmet Guide

Plated award for exceptional cuisine 2018/2019

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Reservations

Contact

Telephone

074 126 0022

Address

17 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

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RESERVATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

A deposit of R300 per guest is required to secure your reservation, payable within 48 hours of making the provisional booking. Please be aware that non-payment constitutes an automatic cancellation of the provisional booking.

A 100% REFUND WILL BE RETURNED for any cancellation or modification made by the guest no later than 48 hours prior to your booking. 

In the case of a late cancellation or no notification of modifications by the guest or a no show, the full deposit per cancelled or absent guest will be held. This is at the sole discretion of Management.

* Please note that children from age 12 and up are welcome to join for lunch & dinner and are permitted to enjoy the tasting menus offered.