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“Excellent Tasting Menu”

Monneaux Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 104 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 9 - US$ 15
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Monneaux Restaurant ranks among South Africa's top restaurants, and serves an inspired contemporary take on the classics. Lunch is enjoyed on the fountain terrace under a spreading pepper tree while dinner is enjoyed in the elegant but relaxed dining room in the original manor house. Set on the original site of Franschhoek's first parfumerie, today its the heavenly scent of chef Adrian Buchanans cooking that inspires at the Monneaux Restaurant, a Cape culinary classic. Even by the food & wine capital of the country's high standards, Monneaux is an extra-ordinary success, having been in the country's Top 100 list for six years consecutively, on the Top 10 list for two years and winning the American Express Platinum Award for fine dining. The underground cellar is available for private functions where dinner can be enjoyed by an impressive selection of local and foreign wines. The restaurant's bar lounge provide a comfortable environment to relax and enjoy the company you're with. The wine list emphasizes the boutique wines of the Franschhoek Valley as well as an impressive selection of other award winning wines of South Africa
Reviewed 21 July 2015

The tasting menu was magnificent!
And our waitress was great!
We had a very romantic table and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening!

Date of visit: June 2015
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Reviewed 17 July 2015

Disappointing start to the lunch as the receptionist was eating when we arrived & didn't seem to care whether or not we had a reservation; sure, it was not busy, but - as Mike said - he didn't want to be blacklisted for not turning up.
What was nice was that we both didn't have to have the tasting menu (often everyone at a table has to), but then Mike decided to join me with the 5 course tasting & wine pairing (@ R555 pp). Our waitress was honest when she said that the wines were not generous, so we each started with a glass of Pierre Jordaan MCC (not as good as I remember their MCCs - they used to be superb) @ R65 each
1. Our deep fried butternut with roasted garlic, tomatoes & rooibos tea reduction was delicious & paired with Graham Beck chenin
2. the deep-fried mussels with beautifully very thin chips with Pierre Jordan Tranquille was also good
3. I had the pork belly with the tad disappointing Graham Beck cab sauv & Mike the lamb shank with Mont Andre shiraz - both meals enjoyable
4. Panko crumbed brie, with fig, pistachios & beetroot, with yummy Rickety Bridge sweet chenin
5. Choc mud pie was a tad dry (just a teeny bit gooey), but the orange custard was delicious; it came with homemade vanilla ice cream; paired with a Nederburg Late Harvest. Mike had asked if he could replace this with a creme brulee (as a diabetic he thought this would be the lessor of the 2 lovely 'evils'). He couldn't, which is fair enough, but it would have been nice to be advised of the fact before being brought the desserts.

We had a lovely meal and would definitely recommend it and would like to return.

Date of visit: July 2015
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Reviewed 24 June 2015

This restaurant is situated in the pretty grounds of the Franschoek Country House and Villas. The food was generally very good and there is a good wine list featuring wines from Franschoek. One of our starters was tasty but disappointingly cold, although the other, the Tempura Mussels, was excellent. The mains of Springbok was beautifully cooked and very tasty. Another disappointment was the Warm Belgian Chocolate Croissant Pudding, nice concept not really a Croissant and very doughy and stodgy. The service was excellent.

Date of visit: June 2015
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Reviewed 16 June 2015

In house restaurant at franschoek country house and villas, sod isn't expect much, but was pleasantly surprised. Great wine list to compliment the fine food, but lacks prompt service. Staff are generally invisible when you need something but the quality makes up for it

Date of visit: June 2015
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Reviewed 18 May 2015

Had a wonderful meal here - dinner was delicious and service excellent.
Portions not huge and taste was wonderful. I recommend if you are staying in Franschhoek.

Date of visit: May 2015
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Thank Franny A
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