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Chefs Warehouse at Maison

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Fine Dining French
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Attributes

  • Child Friendly
  • Romantic
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Great Views
  • Sunsets
  • Fireplace
  • Gourmet Guide Plated
  • Gourmet Guide Plated 2019

Simplicity is deceptively complicated to achieve. In fact, its taken us five years to create a menu that embodies our simplistic approach to cooking.

The result is a series of taste experiences that will surprise and delight your palate. Each dish has been stripped down to its essence, using flavours that enhance their counterparts without upstaging them. Because we use fewer ingredients, they have to be the best. Which means they have to be fresh. The majority of our restaurants produce is sourced from our farm, and the rest, as close to it as possible. Its a new way of eating, pure and simple.

Gourmet Guide Description

'an ever-escalating avalanche of farm-style flavours'

This farm is an inviting home, sophisticated yet rustic. Orchards and vineyards draw your eyes as you walk past clucking chickens to the wine tasting room. Stop and taste some Maison wines, or indulge in retail therapy in the kitchen shop and deli. Take your place in the light, airy restaurant with its inviting backdrop of the Franschhoek mountains. Take a moment to watch talented David Schneider, head chef and co-owner with Liam Tomlin, as he perfects each plate in the open kitchen. He has come home, the call of country being louder than that of the city.

David believes that living and working in the Franschhoek valley is a privilege and responsibility. "Visitors come here to taste what is grown here, it is our responsibility as chefs to use what is local," he says. "They want to experience something they cannot get at home." His 'tapas for two', is a torrent of robust, layered farm-style flavours; small dishes designed to share, casual yet special. "Time is the best ingredient," claims Dave.

Two years of working in a butchery in Paarl gave him a real understanding of the beast and how best to transform it. His homemade charcuterie is the hero of the stalwart beef sirloin pastrami, served with a horseradish catalan, spiced onion relish, charred spring onion salsa and a homemade soft pretzel. He creates magic for pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans and is a trailblazer of using waste products imaginatively. Whey is used in dressings, reductions, glazes, risotto bases, fermentations and batters. Everything is carefully crafted into unique dishes that have meaning. The 'gerookte' (house-smoked) snoek and braaied cauliflower dish, rich in flavor and contemporary in presentation, perfectly illustrates the country. "Here we tell the culture of this place, it's a working farm."

All your senses will be entertained. Dishes from the seared venison tataki with its beetroot-balsamic dressing to the fragrant, homemade pine-ring mushroom linguine, will entice. The linefish sashimi is memorable, dressed with lime pickle, green mango and a coconut cream reduction, the limes pickled by David for six months. Desserts too are tempting and abundant in taste, but be warned that you may feel an affinity with the resident pig, Porcini, if you order more than one.

"I am lucky to live in Franschhoek, each individual should rise to the responsibility of making the most of this incredible environment." Chef David Schneider

Reviews (196)

4.6 out of 5.0
Food 4.7
Value 4.5
Service 4.7
Ambience 4.7
  • Michiko B. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Katrine C. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 24 Nov 21
    Another excellent luncheon at one of our favourite Cape restaurants on Saturday 20th November! A changed tapas menu but we found it less 'rich' and less 'filling' than before- a good move! Absolutely delicious dishes, so delicately and beautifully served, and the main course, the chicken, with its accompanying vegetables, was so succulent and quite wonderful. R1000 for two- worth every penny with THAT vista, good efficient service, and incomparable food, we will keep returning!

  • Wolter Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Justine W. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.5
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Dirk E. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Chantal K. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Beate G. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 20 Nov 21
    The food gets better and better. Amazing dishes, great service and atmosphere

  • Michael M. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    3.8
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 3.0
  • Bonga Dined: 3 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 14 Nov 21
    The experience was sensational 👌👌👌👌

  • Ilse V. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0
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Opening Hours

  • Monday 12h00 - 20h30
  • Tuesday CLOSED
  • Wednesday CLOSED
  • Thursday 12h00 - 20h30
  • Friday 12h00 - 20h30
  • Saturday 12h00 - 20h30
  • Sunday 12h00 - 20h30
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