Franschhoek residents are thrilled to have their very own La Colombe in the valley’s culinary row. It lives up to, and exceeds, expectations. The clean palette of the interior appeals. White linen, well-spaced tables on large oak parquet flooring and glass doors retract to let the aroma of the lemon trees in. With glorious sunshine glinting off the collection of small bronzed bird plates on one wall, there is little else to distract from the eye-catching, world-class cuisine.
It is a treat to indulge in the gourmand menu with wine pairing, courses perfectly paired, and the vegetarian gourmand menu is excellent too. Every aspect, from the first lick of home-churned butter on sour dough bread, to the heavenly chocolates in the treasure chest, will impress, whether a Cape Malay pickled fish or Asian-style salmon, barbeque quail or Springbok tataki.
The highlight for discerning diners is the ‘meet the chefs’, a clever interaction that gets guests up from the table to witness perfection at work. After this inspiration enjoy dishes like a celeriac broth, citrus-glazed line fish or Wagyu and braised brisket. Desserts like a delicious blend of stone fruit, almond, yoghurt, geranium with Valrhona Dulcy and nougat or the asiago, pear and pecan Japanese cheesecake with fynbos honey and a beurre noisette, are sure to impress.
The staff, working under talented, accomplished head chef John Norris-Rogers, are as proud as the locals. Here they raise the bar seven days a week, open for lunch and dinner.
“The cuisine at La Petite Colombe could best be described as a symphony of influences, be it tastes from around the world, people, experiences, and the enviable seasonal produce available to us.” Chef John Norris-Rogers
Address: Le Quartier Français Hotel, corner of Berg and Wilhelmina Street, Franschhoek, 7690
Phone: 021 202 3395