As the days become shorter, the nights longer, and we wave goodbye to long, lazy, lunches on sun drenched terraces, it can be very tempting to hibernate indoors until summer comes knocking again.
Franschhoek might be best known for its ideal summer weather, but for 4 months of the year, it shows off a different, yet equally charming side – picturesque snowy mountain peaks, roaring fire places and plenty of red wine of course.
So if you’re headed to the valley this winter, make sure to make a beeline for one of these cosy eateries, each of which is sure to satisfy that need for hearty food and toasty ambience:
Spearheaded by forager, Chris Erasmus, and his field-to-fork ethos, Foliage is a place where anything goes, and the menu is built around what’s growing and available at any given time. The menu’s backbone are ingredients that can be foraged from surrounding hills, so expect to indulge in a menu rich in seasonal fare, beautified with edible plants, mushrooms and flavouring stocks.
The contemporary, eclectic menu is full of delicious, hearty dishes, whilst the interior’s roaring fireplace is sure to hit the spot when the temperatures start to plummet.
Closed for annual winter break from 20th August – 6 September 2017
Tel: 021 876 2328
Another gem on Franschhoek’s main road, Dutch East, is perfectly positioned for a visit during the winter months. A central fireplace keeps the cold at bay while you savour an exciting menu that is creatively presented and thoughtfully crafted.
This cosy eatery boasts an ethos for simplicity and preserving the integrity of its ingredients. Fresh food is of utmost importance and the Head Chef, Pasch du Plooy, whose ultimate goal is to use ingredients that are unique to South Africa, and to produce unique and flavourful combinations.
The menu is subject to daily and seasonal change, but one is always guaranteed a selection of fantastic dishes guaranteed to ward off the winter blues.
Reservations: 021 876 3547
The Kitchen at Maison Estate
Whether the weather necessitates outdoor or indoor seating, The Kitchen at Maison is an amazing spot to enjoy some of Franschhoek’s finest fare. The acclaimed restaurant is consistently voted among the top 20 restaurants in South Africa, and in addition to producing incredible food, it’s a perfect place to while the day away.
The menu is simple, but exquisite, with a menu focused on flavour in favour of myriad ingredients. Expect dishes replete with fresh veggies and herbs sourced from the Maison Estate farm, and a warm, welcoming ambience that makes an ideal balm for the bitter cold.
Reservations: 021 876 2116