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Le coin Francais

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Fine Dining French
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  • Outdoor Seating
  • Gourmet Guide Plated

The newest edition to the Franschhoek scene is a restaurant really and truly for Franschhoek. Both in concept and in name, the aptly named “Le coin Francais” , 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 in the theme of photography.

Gourmet Guide Description

Here the spirit of the Franschhoek Valley is artfully painted in a portrait
of cuisine, décor, heritage, art and wine – with activity in the open
kitchen part of the canvas. Romantic candlelight dinners in the intimate
space are enhanced in winter by a roaring fire. In summer guests love
to dine on the verandah, the hustle of the village’s main road an added
attraction.

And then there’s the cuisine, an edible exploration that’s full of wonder.
Chef proprietor Darren Badenhorst and head chef Marcus Gericke
represent origin and originality. They constantly ring the changes.
When a component goes out of season, they portray a similar dish
with a less assuming ingredient. The inventive watermelon dish was
originally created using tuna – a good indication of how dishes evolve
on the Chef’s Journey Tasting menu. The only dish that remains in its
original form is the butter-poached and BBQ North Coast langoustine,
with aerated Gruberg, West Coast branded snoek velouté, wild
vineyard shoots and a garden pea and pancetta risotto. Regulars insist
that Darren’s signature dish continues to be available.

Curing, dehydrating and cold-smoking is the order of the day –
trailblazing technique is coupled with taste and texture. The threehour cured and one-hour cold-smoked sustainable trout, carrot and
horseradish emulsion with toasted wild yeast and fennel pollen bears
testament to this.

“The balance lies not in one dish individually, but more in the flow of
the entire menu. It needs to ebb and flow, some more punchy, others
subtler,” says Darren. There are many innovative dishes. The ‘New York
cheesecake’ with citrus curd, oat flavour sablé and textures of ginger is
an elegant interpretation of a classic, plated with restraint yet aplomb.

The evening is an experience enhanced by different, numerous
interactions with staff who inject their personality into the service. They
proudly introduce local fare and their palatable combinations. Here
food and wine blend beautifully into a dinner that dreams are made
of. There is true interplay between chefs – Darren can conceptualise
a dish and Marcus has the talent to interpret it. A winning duo, and
delighted diners, every time.

Reviews (184)

4.6 out of 5.0
Food 4.6
Value 4.4
Service 4.7
Ambience 4.6
  • Alison W. Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 26 Jan 23
    Stunning restaurant with friendly service and delicious food. Dined solo and enjoyed interacting directly with the chef on the additional courses. Wine was expertly paired.

  • John P. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 26 Jan 23
    Superb evening

  • Sue R. Dined: 2 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 25 Jan 23
    What a chef with a great team. Prices, like the rest of the world have increased but Le Coin is a culinary extravaganza you just have to experience. Thank you.

  • Hazel F. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 23 Jan 23
    The food was excellent and beautifully presented and the concept behind the dishes well explained. The sommelier was excellent too. Very impressed with his knowledge of the wines. The staff are lovely, friendly whilst maintaining a professional manner. Would be happy to both recommended Le Coin and return to eat.

  • ROBERT N. Dined: 4 days ago
    4.3
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 23 Jan 23
    Very good

  • Liz M. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 23 Jan 23
    Very knowledgable and welcoming team matched gorgeous food experience. Nice decor also.

  • Phil H. Dined: 6 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 21 Jan 23
    Having eaten at a variety of restaurants during our stay in Franschhoek, including Le Petit Colombe, we found the food here at Le Coin the best of all. Impeccable. A beautifully balanced menu that surprised and delighted with every forkful.

  • Heiner K. Dined: 6 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Matthieu B. Dined: 1 week ago
    3.8
    Food 3.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • David G. Dined: 1 week ago
    3.3
    Food 2.0
    Value 2.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 20 Jan 23
    Miss This One…Sorry but the food was very poor for the price there are much better places to eat in Franschhoek It needs a Chef that has imagination not just dish out the same thing year after year However the staff were great!

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  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday 19h00 - 20h30
  • Wednesday 19h00 - 20h30
  • Thursday 12h00 - 14h00, 19h00 - 20h30
  • Friday 12h00 - 14h00, 19h00 - 20h30
  • Saturday 12h00 - 14h00, 19h00 - 20h30
  • Sunday 12h00 - 14h00, 19h00 - 20h30