Franschhoek main road has recently become home to another top notch dining experience. Le Petit Manoir is run by award-winning chef Kevin Grobler (a super nice guy, by the way), who was the former head chef at the Michelin-starred JAN in France. Needless to say, when word got out that this talent would be cooking at our backdoor, foodies instantly started drooling.
What I really liked about Le Petit Manoir is the casual atmosphere. Even though it’s fine dining, with refined decor and upmarket finishes (hello Molton Brown in the bathrooms!), there’s something laid back about the space. It’s the type of place you can go for a high class meal, or where you can pop down for a simple croissant and coffee.
The menu is equally easy-going (and very well priced for something of this calibre). Breakfast – which includes dishes like Chocolate Quinoa with whipped coconut cream and almonds – starts at just R70.
Their A La Carte menu starts at R90 for their Mushroom and Truffle Risotto with exotic mushrooms – yum! I would also recommend their Fresh Salmon with a Smoked Tomato Broth and Tomato Chutney, Or their Pork Pot Stickers with Sorrel Foam, Apple Ribbons and Crackling. You know what, just order everything and share.
On the mains side, I was most impressed with their Cured Roasted Baby Carrots with Hazelnut Dukkah and Goats Cheese Mousse – I mean, if you can transform a humble carrot into something exceptional, you’ve clearly got mad skills. Meat lovers can also go for the Braised Short Rib with Kohlrabi Purée.
As for dessert, I was especially charmed by their whiskey tipsy tart with salted caramel mousse, caramel popcorn, honeycomb crumble and whiskey ice cream. Drooling yet? I am just thinking about it.
And if you’re not hungry enough for a full meal, you can also just pop in for a Cheese and Meat Platter (R290 for 2 people), or nibble away at some pastries. They also have a selection of pantry goods that you can take home with you.
I would happily head back to Le Petit Manoir – and not just for those special occasions. Theirs is the type of place I’d add to my regular haunts, and that’s saying something.
For more, head to lepetitmanoir.co.za