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“What a surprise!”

Monneaux Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 76 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$15
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Monneaux Restaurant ranks among South Africa's top restaurants, and serves an inspired contemporary take on the classics. Lunch is enjoyed on the fountain terrace under a spreading pepper tree while dinner is enjoyed in the elegant but relaxed dining room in the original manor house. Set on the original site of Franschhoek's first parfumerie, today its the heavenly scent of chef Adrian Buchanans cooking that inspires at the Monneaux Restaurant, a Cape culinary classic. Even by the food & wine capital of the country's high standards, Monneaux is an extra-ordinary success, having been in the country's Top 100 list for six years consecutively, on the Top 10 list for two years and winning the American Express Platinum Award for fine dining. The underground cellar is available for private functions where dinner can be enjoyed by an impressive selection of local and foreign wines. The restaurant's bar lounge provide a comfortable environment to relax and enjoy the company you're with. The wine list emphasizes the boutique wines of the Franschhoek Valley as well as an impressive selection of other award winning wines of South Africa
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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7 reviews
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“What a surprise!”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We visited the restaurant at short notice. We could not find another venue at zero notice for a Sunday lunch. Despite being surprised that the restaurant was almost empty when we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised by the excellent service and great food...

  • Visited May 2014
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Paarl, South Africa
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3 reviews
“Excellent Food!!!, Outstanding Service!!!”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Visited the restaurant for a birthday celebration, everything was spot on from start to end.Great menu with good combination of flavors. Cocktails from the bar was good and our waiter was well knowledgeable. The tempura prawns was yummy and playful to eat with our hands. The goats cheese mousse was light and refreshing. Strawberry salad with sweet bacon was delicious and the soup with salmon was tasteful. Springbok steak with glazed veggies was a treat.A nice portion size beef fillet was cooked to perfection, but a bit too much. Unusual combination with the salmon trout dish tasted great, but it was a little under cooked. We all had the panna cotta for dessert, and a birthday surprise from the chef to our table, definitely a winner to finish the joyful evening. Will surely return to do it all again.

  • Visited April 2014
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Pretoria, South Africa
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8 reviews
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“Good service, decent food”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

We made a booking here well in advance of our travels to the Cape and were very excited about our dinner. The restaurant had a driver collect us from our accommodation and he was punctual, professional and very friendly. The food was delivered punctually and was decent but un-inspiring. The waitress was friendly and delivered good service. Overall, we were happy with the dinner, but not overly impressed beyond the norm. Having said that, the standout dish for us was their potato gnocchi.

  • Visited April 2014
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“Great meal!”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Fantastic meal and a bonus to be part of the hotel we stayed in (Franschhoek Country House & Villas). The standard of cooking was exemplorary and portion sizes good for fine dining. Great vaue and one of our best meals in South Africa.

Visited March 2014
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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“Romantic Dinner for Anniversary”
Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

My hubby spoiled me by taking me back to our amazing wedding venue. They made such an effort by scattering white rose petals all over and around our table. Chilled Pierre Jordan, candle light and flowers set the scene for a really romantic dinner. We spent an evening of remembering our wonderful wedding in the exact same room, with laughter, romance and making plans for our next honeymoon. Everything was perfect, except the food was a bit disappointing. Reuben was still the chef at our wedding, so maybe we're expecting too much? The evening was so gorgeous and the staff so friendly, it didn't matter so much. Thanks!

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