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La Petite Colombe (Leeu Estates)

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Contemporary Fine Dining
RRR+

Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Outdoor Seating
  • WiFi
  • Fireplace
  • Gourmet Guide Plated 2019

The sister restaurant to the award-winning La Colombe Restaurant in Constantia. Contemporary fine dining in Franschhoek, now situated at the beautiful Leeu Estates.

La Colombe (the dove) has consistently received world-wide acclaim and is positioned amongst the top restaurants in the world.

Visitors to Franschhoek can now look forward to experiencing the same level of service excellence and exquisite cuisine that has put La Colombe on the map – but with a new venture comes a new twist.

Gourmet Guide Description

'a superlative flight of fancy'

This member of the La Colombe family (meaning 'dove') is a treasure. As you enter Le Quartier Francais on the main road of Franschhoek you will be entranced and filled with anticipation about a culinary flight. The space is light and bright, overlooking the garden and lemon trees, wide open and welcoming on warm days.

'Meet the chefs' is a detour that, halfway through a superlative meal, transports you from your table to the kitchen. Here you see the maestro and chef John Norris-Rogers and his team behind-the-scenes as they operate with ultimate efficiency whilst perfecting their plating. Dignified and informative service is guaranteed for both the gourmand and reduced menus and wine flight.

The foie-gras sandwich elevates the nostalgic 'soldiers' dipped in egg to exceptional. Even the bread is breathtaking. The yellowfin tuna with aubergine, miso, naartjie and avocado on a small black plate sees each ingredient exquisitely presented, together they are a triumph. The langoustine and yellowtail with mango, ponzu, avocado and nam jim, is sublime – on a par with the succulent Gochujang-glazed pork with scallop, spiced-up with celeriac, wild garlic and horseradish. The citrus palate cleanser is perfect, divine in its simplicity, creating the well-timed, faultless punctuation.

Hope that when you are there the Mauritian sea bass with aubergine, squid, mussel and creamed leeks can be your choice, or the herb-crusted lamb loin, confit neck, smoked olive and salsa verde.

Your cheese course will be presented with aplomb, taking you to the grande finale: A dessert that is sure to delight, like the Valrhona Caraibe with pumpkin, pain d’épices, coco nib and hints of orange. Take home a box of La Petite Colombe treasures, the menu and indelible memories. If it’s something casual of the same quality that you seek, visit the training ground next door, Protégé.

"It is important to highlight flavour in a dish above everything else. How a guest enjoys it is the whole experience." Chef John Norris-Rogers

Reviews (1976)

4.7 out of 5.0
Food 4.8
Value 4.5
Service 4.7
Ambience 4.7
  • Rita D. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 10 May 22
    Always a great experience!! keep it up!! Each dish a discovery of exotic flavours!

  • Lauren V. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    3.5
    Food 1.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 07 May 22
    Service and restaurant were stunning; however, the food (vegetarian menu) was way too rich and I ended up with debilitating food poisoning for 48 hours. My sickness got in the way of our trip and was such a disappointing outcome from such a fancy, luxury restaurant. I recommend making the food as easy to digest and eat as it is pretty to look at. Stomachs beware!

  • Ivan T. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 06 May 22
    Great staff, great ambience, amazing food, amazing location.

  • Lottie F. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 06 May 22
    An amazing foodie experience

  • Gregory B. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    3.8
    Food 4.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 05 May 22
    Sime of the starters were too spicy for overseas people. The concept to have one "sommelier" for each wine was bit confusing.

  • Caroline L. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 04 May 22
    Great ambience, great food with delicate touch, good wines combining the food. Beautiful estate. We felt very welcome.. One minor when we left there was no one at the door to say goodbye. That felt a little awkward and disappointing unlike the rest of the wonderful evening

  • Brian G. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 04 May 22
    One of the best meals of my life. Fantastic staff and a lovely location.

  • Chau W. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 03 May 22
    Incredible culinary experience - one of the best meals we have had for a long time. It beats also le Colombe. Highly recommended.

  • Volkmar H. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4
    Food 2.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Done B. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    3.3
    Food 4.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 2.0
    Ambience 4.0
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Opening Hours

  • Monday 12h00 - 22h00
  • Tuesday 12h00 - 22h00
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 22h00
  • Thursday 12h00 - 22h00
  • Friday 12h00 - 22h00
  • Saturday 12h00 - 22h00
  • Sunday 12h00 - 22h00
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