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Epice

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Fine Dining
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Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Gourmet Guide Plated
  • Reviewers' Choice 2022 - Top 20

Epice - derived from the French word Épice meaning spice (and is pronounced eh-peace) - is an intimate fine dining restaurant located at Heritage Square, Franschhoek (opposite Leeu House)

“The restaurant menu will revolve around spices, but that doesn’t necessarily mean spicy hot - think of vanilla and saffron, or cinnamon and nutmeg, too” says Scot Kirton, chef proprietor of La Colombe.

Heading up the kitchen, head chef Charné Sampson is no stranger to refined, cutting edge cuisine- until recently she was the sous chef at La Colombe and is another one of Scot’s protégés to spread her wings. A graduate of Silwood, Charné also honed her craft in the kitchen of The Restaurant at Waterkloof and The Test Kitchen.

Gourmet Guide Description

Le Quartier Français on the main road of Franschhoek beckons. The
interior of Epice is stylish and airy, elevated with ornamentation like
wooden sculptures of spices – eye-catching and clever.

There’s lots of ‘clever’ when it comes to chef Charné Sampson’s
gastronomic journey. Lock into the 12-course medley of her ode to
spices. The reduced and plant-based options will also take you to new
heights of appreciation for her innate instinct of cajoling the best out
of ingredients. Most diners associate spicy with curry, but her dishes
are complex.

Cooking with her gran and growing up in a family where everyone
brought their signature dish to an event meant that this young
chef developed her palate at a young age. Don’t expect heavy,
loud or pungent levels of flavour – hours of reduction, painstaking
experimentation and sensitivity ensure that not one element of a dish
dominates. The vegan alternative to the oyster course is a Jerusalem
artichoke mousse, with a vindaloo sauce on the side. Zesty but not
overpowering, this condiment can remain on the table to add heat,
should you desire.

The bread course, proudly brandished by Charné, is a caraway bun
with oils and dukkah circled on a large plate, a generous inkling of
what lies ahead. This course alone relies on 25 spices being eloquently
combined. Hop up and watch your duck liver parfait with Szechuan
pepper contrasting the onion marmalade, being finished at the pass in
the course called ‘chef’s table’.

The pork and shellfish dish with corn, ginger and fennel is earmarked
as a stand-out, with good reason. The base of lemongrass and chilli
are almost undetectable. Now time for trolley-side fun – the sorbets,
before you devour a few prodigious main dishes. Fragrant and filling,
they’ll satisfy all your senses. The cheese course of Langbaken with
walnut is highlighted with mustard; the strawberry, almond and litchi
dessert elevated with vanilla.

Wine pairings and friendly service are on a premium par, local and
inspired. Chef Charné has perfected the art of matching seasoning
and ingredients. You too can try to pass the spice test – match the
flavours of chocolates and spices – as this chef did, with aplomb. It’s a
fun climax to an unforgettable journey.

Reviews (1339)

4.7 out of 5.0
Food 4.9
Value 4.6
Service 4.9
Ambience 4.6
  • quentin m. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • chris b. Dined: 1 week ago
    2.5
    Food 3.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 1.0
  • Markus R. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Daniel S. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Michael C. Dined: 5 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 23 Jan 23
    What a lovely evening with great food beautifully presented. All the positives said, we did feel that the cost was about 10% overpriced when compared to the excellent meals we have had elsewhere in this fantastic foodie haven.

  • Francois B. Dined: 4 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 23 Jan 23
    Great meal!!! Water very expensive Overall wonderfull experience with really nice waiters.

  • Raphaela V. Dined: 6 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 22 Jan 23
    Amazingly delicious food and very professional and nice staff. Epice is an absolute MUST Visite when in Franschhoek!

  • Juergen B. Dined: 5 days ago
    3.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 21 Jan 23
    Lack of athmosphere / ambience & and guests where given the feeling of not being welcomed.

  • Jan A. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 18 Jan 23
    A very pleasent return for us , created a lasting memory , will return for sure . A class above. If a dining experience is added to a bucket list , Epice should be it .

  • valerie P. Dined: 1 week ago
    4
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 16 Jan 23
    We had a great time, food and wine were excellent and all staff was so nice and smiley!!! The only negative point is the setting of the restaurant, it is a bit cold in term of decoration. Fournitures is great but needs a bit of character.

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Opening Hours

  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday 18h30 - 22h00
  • Wednesday 18h30 - 22h00
  • Thursday 18h30 - 22h00
  • Friday 12h00 - 15h00, 18h30 - 22h00
  • Saturday 12h00 - 15h00, 18h30 - 22h00
  • Sunday 12h00 - 15h00, 18h30 - 22h00