In the past few years we have eaten at eleven of the restaurants in Franschhoek ranked higher than Mange Tout by Trip Advisor (as well as about as many others ranked below it), several of them more than once, so we have a very fair basis for comparison.
We did a fair amount of pre-planning as we were dining with a companion who is a strict Vegan. Denver Petersen, the manager, was a pleasure to deal with by e-mail, and delivered everything as discussed and promised.
The food was utterly exquisite, and quite the best we have had in Franschhoek. The three of us each had a four-course meal, and every single one of the courses had by each was utterly outstanding. The contrast with our dinner of the night before (a tasting menu at another Franschhoek establishment) was marked.
The ambience was great and even further enhanced by the piano player whom we enjoyed immensely. We know from a previous visit that the view is excellent, although obviously not a feature of a night-time visit. The service was very attentive but unobtrusive, and although we stayed until midnight there was no sense at all of being hurried on; quite the contrary we were encouraged to stay as long as we liked.
All in all it was an absolutely perfect meal and the best we have had (out of scores of dinners) in Franschhoek.
As was to be expected of a meal of that quality, it was priced accordingly at R2900 for three of us (including three pricey wines as well as some before and after drinks and an appropriate tip). Not bargain value but we thought it worth every cent.
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