Set on the original site of Franschhoek's first parfumerie, adjacent to the luxurious Franschhoek Country House & Villas, the Monneaux Restaurant is a Cape culinary classic. With new, young-gun chef Calvin Metior at the helm, an exciting evolution is underway. Executive Chef Calvin Metior follows a philosophy of “natural minimalism”, sourcing the very best produce at their peak and showcasing their natural character without an overwhelm of too many ingredients on the plate. Seasonality, comfort and value are priorities when it comes to menu design. To clarify comfort, Calvin says “Food should be enjoyable throughout - from the way it looks, to the way in which it is eaten and how it tastes.” He’s also fiercely passionate about supporting local producers and artisans, thus keeping the restaurant’s carbon footprint to a minimum, and improving self-sustainability at the restaurant. Micro gardens have been established throughout our property, which will produce a rotating supply of fresh herbs and vegetables. In the kitchen, Calvin has a number of projects already underway - including making our own miso, hot sauces and fish sauce, smoking and curing our own meat and fish, making charcuterie from scratch, and dry and wet ageing of fish and meat. With flavour, enjoyment and value at the top of his list, the new dishes offer freshness, creativity, and generosity, but without compromising on technique or elegance. The lunch and dinner menus are designed to invite diners to customise their Monneaux Restaurant experience with a wide selection of starters and mains, as well as lighter “snack style” dishes. Guests can opt to share a few snacks and starters over casual drinks, select just a starter or main course for a quick meal, or choose a more traditional flow of starters and mains for an unhasty, exceptional lunch or dinner. Monneaux Restaurant’s variety of beautiful seating areas lend themselves seamlessly to suit all preferences. The outdoor fountain terrace, beneath the dappled shade of a spreading pepper tree, is ideal for lazy summer lunches and sundowners, and al fresco dinners beneath twinkling fairy lights on balmy evenings. The restaurant’s stylish interior is discretely divided into three individual dining rooms, creating an intimate atmosphere. For those choosing to linger longer and immerse themselves in the Franschhoek valley, the five star Franschhoek Country House & Villas offers luxuriously appointed rooms and suites set within the property’s exquisite country-style gardens. Complimentary offerings for hotel guests include daily breakfast, afternoon drinks, exclusive use of the hotel’s two swimming pools, air-conditioned shuttle transfers around the village and use of the Franschhoek Health Club’s facilities.