Franschhoek has a well-known reputation when it comes to the finest cuisine, freshest produce and innovation at the route of it’s long standing gems and family owned properties. Food and wine has always been at the forefront of a day well spent in my books and this is exactly what Reuben’s Franschhoek has on offer.
A humble exterior suits the old world Franschhoek architecture from the hustle and bustle of the streets with groups of tourists on foot popping in and out of the art studio’s. Don’t be fooled by the deferential outer counters of the latest HOT SPOT to hit Franschhoek.
The fine art, bold sculptures, marble floors, wooden textured surfaces and specially crafted furniture all come together for the piece de resistance. A homely yet sophisticated warmth flows through the newly opened restaurant.
The bar is a feature of the restaurant on its own. With ever corner of the restaurant being completely photogenic while staying true to the minimalist chic interior. Large mismatched copper lights dangle from the ceiling which casts the perfect shimmer on the wide selection of alcohol and spirits on offer.
With a welcome glass on MCC in hand, it was time to mingle around the room and catch up with many respectable food media in the room. Just as I finished my last sip of bubbly, the specially invented signature cocktail was placed in my other hand and I could immediately tell that if the cocktail looked like that then we were in for an afternoon of pure elegance.
The brandy cocktail for the day had specially selected local ingredients that got everyones stamp of approval. There is very little wrong you can do when it comes to South Africa’s well loved brandy.
The long table was decked out with indigenous fynbos, glistening stemware and a menu preview to have us salivating at the thought of what was being plated up in the kitchen.
We took our seats and as the brandy cocktail warmed our insides we listened to a heart warming introduction to the restaurant by the incredible Chef himself.
The menu boasted a combination of well-loved flavours that had us reminiscing about Saturday evenings with family, the smells of perfectly cooked lamb from your home oven on Sunday mornings as you prepare for lunch and nostalgic taste profiles enjoyed with loved one.
It was really hard to narrow down my favourite because I had a few. The sweetcorn polenta fritter had incredible flavouring, while the Franschhoek Trout Poke bowl had the perfect balance before the sugar cured seabass completely turned my taste buds upside down…raw fish, coconut sorbet and watermelon…A M A Z I N G! Have a look for yourself…
Chef Reuben Riffel (photographed below) has earned his long time position in South Africa’s culinary industry and it is as if he has come full circle to where it all began for the well loved chef. His ability to keep inventing while staying true to the type of food he and his family enjoy eating is remarkable in this ever changing and fast paced society of us constantly wanting to fit into a box already sculpted out, however Chef Reuben continues to perfect his craft.
For more information about the restaurant you can follow this link to their website directly.
Although this was a media lunch for the preview of the menu, all the options are my own. I have also taken all of the photographs for the exclusive use of my blog.