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“Lovely Meal”

Monneaux Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 96 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$15
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Reviewed 25 August 2014

We visited Franschhoek in a very awkward time of the year where 80% of the restaurants were closed for the Winter season and those that were left open seemed to be generic restaurants that one could easily find at home. We arrived at Monneaux after driving past and noticing that there was finally a restaurant open, what's more is that we arrived quite early around 6pm and the kitchen was not yet open but they very kindly said they would serve us anyway. We were the only people in the restaurant which was a shame as it meant many people did not manage to experience such a fine meal as we did that night. Right from the starters through to dessert the food was delicious! Next time I visit Franschhoek I will not even bother looking for a restaurant but will immediately come here again. The staff were so friendly and helpful, it was a lovely way to finish off our trip to the Western Cape!

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Thank Kirsten Z
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We had high hopes after a great experience at a similarly well reviewed restaurant in franschhoek but this was nowhere near the same in all regards, except the free transfer service. The room and welcome was drab, the food unexciting and average, no offer of bread or water (!) and entertainment provided by a hotel empolyee's child running around in his pyjamas. We have eaten in several restaurants in sa during our trip and all have been fantastic, this was just disappointing. Maybe we caught them on the c team evening.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Here everything is fine : atmosphere, service, food and wine. You never could regret to come here. We will be back.....

Thank roy r
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

One of the best meals I've ever had. No joke. I had the mushroom starter and the salmon trout entree and it was divine. My two companions were thrilled with their meals as well (lamb and salmon trout). The food was incredibly fresh, well portioned, beautiful, and most importantly delicious. The staff was attentive, courteous, and the whole experience was delightful. The restaurant itself had just been refinished and it is lovely. I've been to many restaurants that have been considered to be great in my life, and this was better than many of those. Wow.

Thank Kate M
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

We had a fine dinner here, however my wife ordered pork belly ravioli as her first course and that dish was a failure. If it didn’t say pork belly ravioli on the menu, you would have thought it was a vegetable medley with some pasta at the bottom- there were too many competing flavors so the dish was muddled. In contrast, our mains were excellent. I had a nice Springbok steak. The staff was pleasant, but we had expected a better meal overall.

Thank Richard F
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