We will be in Franschhoek for two days. Where would recommend us eating for two dinners and one lunch? And why? Thanks!
The Tasting Room is a comparatively formal fine dining restaurant = it is quite expensive with set 5 or 8 course menus. It is a very good restaurant but probably only about the third or fourth best restaurant in the Cape.
Ici at the same venue is much more basic - very modern in style - food was ordinary.
Different possibilities for dinner would definitely include Le Bon Vivant - relaxed romantic with very good cuisine - or Mon Plaisir at Chamonix - a bit of a trek uphill (by car at night) rustic French bistro style
Also Belfast, what would you consider the 1st and 2nd best in CT?
Also Belfast, what would you consider the 1st and 2nd best in the area?
Everyone will have their own ideas but for me the best dining experience in the area is Ruste en Vrede followed by La Colombe, after that there are a number of other very good restaurants.
The following are the top rated restaurants ( according to Prudential Eatout Restaurant Awards) in South Africa:
1. La Colombe, Cape Town.
2. Jardine, Cape Town.
3. Terroir, Stellenbosch.
4. Overture, Stellenbosch.
5. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, Pretoria.
6. Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch.
7. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais.
8. Roots at Forum Homini, Krugersdorp.
9. Bizerca, Cape Town.
10. Hartford House, Mooi River.
I Love to Vacation - Well I have to agree with Macsym here - the top two restuarants in the Western cape are Rust en Vrede and La Colombe. We ate in both last month and they were definitely the best all round dining experiences we had
Rust en Vrede is sited on the wine estate of the same name a few minutes drive south of Stellenbosch. It is located in an old barrel-vaulted cellar. The ambience is upmarket but I wouldn't call it stuffy - all the staff were very friendly and professional and really worked together as a team. The food was fantastic - you can have a small a la carte 4 course menu or set 6 course. The winelist was very very good including lots more than just SA wines ( a lot of Chamagne for instance). Book well in advance
La Colombe was not quite what we had expected- a lot less formal. Again it is on a wine estate, Constantia Uitsig, and the ambience is "cottage deluxe" (we ate there in late winter - in summer they have what looked like a beautiful terrace). Again the staff were universally excellent. The winelist was a tome of SA wine. The food was again all delicious.
Perhaps the best thing about these restaurants, especially for non-SA residents, is the price. I have eaten many times in London, New York (and Belfast !) and you will never get the quality of dining experience you get in these and other SA restaurants for the money. Unbelievably dinner for two with good wines at La Colombe was only £80 - the wine alone would cost that here in a similar standard restaurant.
To be honest we only had a couple of below par meals whilst dining for three weeks in the Cape - the standard was very good overall
As everyone's chipping in I would say my choice would be :
Winelands - Rust en Vrede followed by Terroir (with Delaire for the best view)
City - Opal Lounge followed by Aubergine (Bizerca best informal)
Constantia - La Colombe followed by Buitenverwachting (best lunch place)
But then there are 70-100 other places that we have eaten in the region over the past couple of years where we would be very happy to go again. You have to eat widely to have any opinion about what's the "best".