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Le Coin Français is a restaurant really and truly for Franschhoek. Both in concept and in name, the aptly named “Le coin Français” , which literally means Franschhoek, will embody the essence of the valley in heritage, cuisine, art and wine. It will feature cutting edge methods meeting time tested French elegance in cuisine, a carefully selected locally themed wine list to showcase the best local wines, a French sommeliers selection, and an ever evolving collaboration of art.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
French, European
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 27 March 2022 via mobile

High quality throughout. The restaurant is very nicely appointed, plenty of space between tables. Arguably a little short on atmosphere but then it was only half full which we thought was strange for a Saturday evening. The service was excellent from all staff who were...friendly, and knowledgeable. The food was as good as we have had anywhere around the world, the duck main course the best ever. Top restaurant for a special occasion.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 16 March 2022

This is quite a hard review to write because some of the food was excellent, however, some of it really isn't quite where it should be for a restaurant placing its stake in the "fine dining" category and additionally the world is re-starting after two...years on hiatus which I am sure doesn't help. However, hopefully the below is helpful. I'll start with the negative points, so we can finish on the high notes. Cons: - poor arrival drink - we were served "turned" MCC. A welcome drink is a nice idea, but if you are going to do it, it has to be done well, and a simple check of the bottle (or the glasses) before presenting it to guests goes a long way towards not providing something beneath par. We aren't a particularly fussy group, but did request a new glass as it was undrinkable (and the staff agreed); - wine pairing - most of the wines you drink as "paired" are the same for each course, irrespective of different people ordering different options for that course. This changed for the main course (the duck or the sea bass) but the for the rest, everyone drank the same wine. Which is kind of odd, given, for example, that for one course there is an option between langoustine in a cheese sauce, and curried/marsala breast for the other which are seemingly paired with the same wine; - portion size - being from London, small taster portions and the experience of fine dining are no stranger, and this is a difficult thing to write in a country where so many have so little, but the portion sizes were the smallest I have seen in any fine dining restaurant; and - value for money - expensive for what was delivered, and we were fortunate enough to experience better food and service in other restaurants in Stellenbosch and Cape Town for less (I won't name them as I don't think the purpose of Trip Advisor should be to detract from one restaurant just to funnel business to another). Pros: - the willingness of the staff to rapidly acknowledge that the MCC was on the turn and replace it without argument. Very friendly and positive staff throughout; - the smoked trout starter was excellent (albeit small). The flavours were incredible and this really did put us at ease after experiencing an off glass of MCC after sitting down. If there were a way of me painstakingly replicating this at home, I would; - the various "amuse bouches" be it the replicated oak tree with mushroom or otherwise, were very tasty and cleverly presented; and - the millionaires acorn desert is an absolute must. Again cleverly constructed and delicious. Overall - I can see what the restaurant is trying to be, and I am sure it can get there, but it just needs to iron out the creases. In the meantime, however, there are other restaurants which offer better food at more reasonable prices.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 18 February 2022 via mobile

So much food. The food was very good. A little too modern for me with the “vegan” tuna which was not pleasant. But overall good experience. Great atmosphere and most of the staff is amazing.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 28 January 2022 via mobile

This restaurant offers top quality food that is worthy of Michelin stars. It is absolutely superb food, with fabulous wine pairings. The service is wonderful. Highly recommend

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 25 January 2022 via mobile

Modest interior but on the main road of Franschoek. My wife and I celebrated her birthday for Dinner. Having eaten at some of the worlds finest restaurants as you will see from my other reviews I must say I was left feeling somewhat lacking. Not...for the Chefs talent with flavours, no, but for the portion and price. Fine Dining is known for smaller portions focusing more on flavours (I get that) but Chefs usually compliment this by including a range of courses. Our Tasting Menu was shy of about 2 courses I would say. Either that or the portion size on some of the courses needs to be increased a little. Or the price needs to be lowered by about R200 to reflect a more accurate expectation. I also found that the menu lacked any dramatic and exciting theatrics that have become part of modern fine dining and certainly add to the overall ‘wow’ experience. The meal was lovely, I would still recommend you try them out but would I place them above others in Frranschoek…sadly not, based purely on Value.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 12 January 2022

We visited on New Years Day and they had a special tasting menu. Obviously very relaxing not having to think about choosing a meal and my son's allergies to nuts was very well catered for. We were also impressed with the range of non alcoholic...wines for those not drinking alcohol. The atmosphere is refined but relaxed and the service is both warm and attentive, all of which puts you at ease to enjoy the company and food to come. Each course was both visually stunning and exciting to taste. The chef presented a few courses himself and we loved meeting the creator of the dishes we ate and get a feel for his vision. The wine tasting was a particular treat and we discovered a range of new favourites that way. It is expensive but very much worth it for a culinary adventure and treat.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 9 January 2022 via mobile

What an INCREDIBLE experience. Staff wonderful and food DIVINE!!! Fine dining at its best!!! Pure bliss!!!

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 3 January 2022 via mobile

The food was incredible and I wouod highly recommend. Bread was a little lack luster. Certain members of the staff had some attitude that was ot pleasant, but mist were incredible. Loved the wine pairing and overall we had a great time.

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 26 December 2021 via mobile

Will always call this my favourite restaurant . Many visits over the past 4 years and still find each visit a treat. Recently took a group of 34 for lunch from France and no doubt the best meal they had in SA

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 13 December 2021

Delicious 4 course menu. The flavors are fantastic and service friendly. It had been 2 years ago we had dinner in this restaurant but the quality was still fine and perhaps even better.

Date of visit: November 2021
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We love dressing up a little more going to Le Coin. Ladies smart black pants and top and men can get away with chinos and long sleeve shirt. However, the establishment is lovely enough that if you arrive with neat shorts and... More
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5