Le Coin Français – Apr ’19

Chef and owner, Darren Badenhorst teams up with Maître d, Jasper Venter and sommelier, Munashe Kwaramba to produce what could only be describe as exceptional.

From the moment we stepped into the establishment, one just knew this was going to be a goodie. And boy oh boy, they surpassed every expectation we might have had.

One often hears how food is compared to art and at Le Coin Français they truly deliver on this, every morsel has its own story. Flavours and textures were exceptional.

Now something you need to know is I have a shellfish allergy and just the look and aroma from the Butter poached and BBQ north coast langoustine had me ready to take my allergy meds and simply to have a taste, sanity however prevailed. The sounds and faces of my husband and daughter were enough to make me sad.

There in not one thing we can fault and already we are planning our next visit we have to simply do the 8-course chefs’ journey and am super excited with the prospect of that.

The Restaurant Week Menu

5- Course Lunch: R495 p.p.


∼“Quail, quail and quail” BBQ breast, KFQ leg, pancetta wrapped thigh.


Porcini cured Springbok tartar, carpaccio of beetroot, horseradish aioli, raisin emulsion, toasted coriander, pickled mustard, wild flowers​


Butter​ ​poached​ ​and​ ​BBQ​ ​north​ ​coast​ ​langoustine, ​aerated​ ​Boerenkaas​ ​and​ ​west​ ​coast​ ​snoek​ ​brandad​ ​velouté, wild​ ​vineyard​ ​pea​ ​shoots,​ ​garden​ ​pea​ ​and​ ​guanciale​​ ​risotto​


“Rorschach for the Sole” poached West Coast Sole, elements of citrus, squid ink “Rorschach” spray​

Palate cleanser

“Our mother’s roast chicken”


2 hour cured, 1 hour cold smoked, 1 minute seared salt water trout, an emulsion of buttermilk, buchu flower, dehydrated yoghurt and wild herbs with limoncello cured kohlrabi

Monochrome of summer berries


Elements, percentages and textures of chocolate

Other Menu options

5 course reduced lunch tasting menu – R625/R925 with wine pairing

6 course tasting menu – R725/R1125 with wine pairing

8 course chefs journey menu – R950/R1355 with wine pairing

Add sensory wine tasting course – R165

Add Foie gras course – R275

A discretionary service charge of 12.5% is added to all bills.

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Name:“Le coin Français

Address: 17 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

Telephone Number:074 126 0022

Email Address:reservations@lecoinfrancais.co.za

Opening Hours:

Lunch Thursday – Sunday 12:00 – 14:30

Dinner Tuesday – Sunday 19:00 – 20:30

Written for JAR Photography by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason ‘Dubbz’ Petersen

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