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Monneaux Restaurant, Franschhoek

Location

Monneaux restaurant is situated in the beautiful wine region of Franschhoek, just 1 hour outside the city of Cape Town, lies this stunning hillside town.

Ideally located in the upmarket 5 star Franschhoek Country House and Villas

The Restaurant

The Monneaux restaurant is situated on the grounds of the Franschhoek Country House and Villas.

We had the privilege of staying and dining here a while back on a trip to this outstanding wine district.

Franschhoek and the adjoining Stelonbosch are known as some of the finest dining in South Africa if not the continent of Africa.

The Inside is one of style, modern and sleak is the best way to describe it.

The restaurant consist of 3 rooms giving the flow of being in a house, which only enhances the relaxing and intimate nature of the building.

Outside alfresco dining is also available, and what a setting it is. A fountain terrace surrounded by pepper trees in the most beautiful garden grounds. Fairy lights set the relaxing scene

Did You Know

The building was the site of Franshhoek first parfumerie

Meet The Chef

Monneaux restaurant has one of the best and most promising chefs around here is what they had to say about him

“Executive Chef Calvin Metior follows a philosophy of “natural minimalism”, sourcing the very best produce at their peak and showcasing their natural character without an overwhelm of too many ingredients on the plate. Seasonality, comfort and value are priorities when it comes to menu design. To clarify comfort, Calvin says “Food should be enjoyable throughout – from the way it looks, to the way in which it is eaten and how it tastes.”

He’s also fiercely passionate about supporting local producers and artisans, thus keeping the restaurant’s carbon footprint to a minimum, and improving self-sustainability at the restaurant. Micro gardens have been established throughout our property, which will produce a rotating supply of fresh herbs and vegetables. In the kitchen, Calvin has a number of projects already underway – including making our own miso, hot sauces and fish sauce, smoking and curing our own meat and fish, making charcuterie from scratch, and dry and wet ageing of fish and meat”

Our Visit

Arrival

We dined in the evening, after a day on the vineyards of Franschhoek, so were suitably hungry.

Straight away it was evident that this was a top restaurant. As we were seated we were talked through the menu an were given a run down on the chef and about the produce used at the Monneaux. We were delighted to hear all the produce on the menu was locally sourced and freshly delivered daily.

The Food

We opted to go for the tasting selection with selections of a few dishes, like tapas but slightly larger. This generally is how we like to eat. Having variety and trying a wider selection of choices.

Our stand-out picks were definitely the steak with béarnaise and hand cut chips, chicken and prawn curry with sides and condiments, and tempura prawns with kimchi and lemon aioli.

And to finish and for people who are not massive dessert fans we went with the dark chocolate tart with white choc mousse. It was a decedent finish that we couldn’t resist.

The Second Dessert

For us normally desserts come in the form of liquid experience and we love to finish with a nice cocktail. And the Monneaux didn’t disappoint here either.

We went with a couple of gin cocktails as the gin on show at the Monneaux was again like the food locally sourced.

The Monneaux menu is available online.

Summary

A great restaurant in the heart of this culinary capital of South Africa. Relaxed, formal dining in a beautiful setting. One of Franschhoek finest restaurants

Monneaux Restaurant Opening Hours

Open 7 days a week

Lunch 12 – 2:30

Dinner 18:30 – 21:30

Contacts

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Email – info@fch.co.za

Phone – +27 21 876 3386

And Lastly

Franschhoek is one of the best wine districts in South Africa, fancy finding out some more look no further than our Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour post. A great insight into this great tour.

Franschhoek is a trip that is perfect with a trip to the cultural city of Cape Town. After a few days in the city unwind in this great and peaceful setting.

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Franschoek Country House & Villas

Franschoek Country House & Villas

We had the pleasure of staying in this unbelievable Hotel whilst on our honeymoon in 2018, situated a short 2km outside the center of town and access to the wine trams. The Franschhoek Country House is also perfectly situated with pristine mountain view setting.

So the setting is beautiful, the building was 1890 Manor House and was renovated using Provencal influences to the highest quality. And add to this beautifully landscaped gardens its a site to behold.

With only a total of 22 rooms Country House offers quality rather than quantity. Attention to detail being very prominent throughout the rooms and around the grounds. And the care taking into looking after the place is obviously high on there agenda.

An onsite Spa, pool and the very impressive award winning Monneaux restaurant, its a must for anyone wanting to soak up the scenery and kick back and just relax. And well enjoy some great wine

The Pool

The Rooms @ The Country House

We stayed in a luxury room, which had ample room, extremely comfy bed, a beautiful view out towards the pool and the beautiful range. The bathroom again spacious, very clean and in great condition.

They are 4 types of rooms Standard, luxury, cottages and villas. All come as standard with complimentary wi -fi, nespresso machine, tea making and fully air conditioned. I heard also the luxury and Villas also have fires in them, with the later having its own private balcony.

We had our own balcony area with table and chairs where we could sit back and listen to the beautiful running water from the many water features around. Which was a perfect place to sit and unwind with a glass of Pinotage at the end of the day.

Breakfast

Breakfast was served in a beautiful first floor room in the centre of the country house, with views all around the country house and the surrounding area. A great start to a day means the world, and here would certainly do that and in style

Breakfast was in 2 styles, you can order off a lovely fresh cooked breakfast, all also the was the buffet style table, which had some of the most amazing meats, cheeses, breads and pastries. A great freshly brewed coffee or pick from a selection of teas would accompany your breakfast.

The breakfast was absolutely divine and worth the visit alone. And even the service was second to none and enjoyed a lovely chat with our waiter, who was also very knowledgeable with the local area.

The Monneaux Restaurant

What can said about the Monneaux, well really this restaurant deserves a post on its own to be honest. I’m a chef myself and I can hands done say was one of best restaurants I have eaten in.

Right from the moment we walked in until the last sip of gin we had as a nightcap we were so impressed. The food was so fresh the care and attention that went into the flavours was brilliant. And the presentation was works of art. I always say first impressions count, and when the dishes landed a sense of excited lifted us.

Now they say a picture paints a thousand words below is a little gallery of the food and drink we had over the 2 nights we stayed.

As for the service I wish I could remember the waiters name because he was fantastic, and being a chef I have had many fall outs with waiters. So was pleasantly surprised. We love wine but we wouldn’t be connoisseurs by any means and he was able to talk us through the wines and pairings. He was obviously passionate about his job, and his recommendations were greatly appreciated.

Summary

Would we recommend the Franschoek Country?? I think the answer to that is obvious a big YES. We are already thinking about when we can visit again.If you get the chance please do check it out, or at the least check out the Monneaux as it is open to the public also.

We will leave a links to the country house and restaurant below please take the time to have a look. And why not contact them maybe see what’s available you wont regret it. These businesses need our support in these times lets all stick together.

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Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour

Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour Day

During our stay in the wine region of Franschhoek we decided to try out the Wine Tram Tour we love wine and this was one of the most exciting parts of our holiday.

There are different tram lines, 8 in all to choose from all with 8/10 stop offs on each one. Meaning plenty of choice for you especially if staying a few days.

Our decision

We decided on the Red Line, for no other reason than it was near where we were staying. This allowed us to be close to our hotel just in case a few to many where enjoyed.

So when you hop off, you could chose to sample wine at each stop otherwise just hang around and enjoy the scenery until the next tram came along.

The trams stopped off every hour, but if you were settled enough in one you could stay put and jump on the next one. However there is a cut off point so be aware, because you could end up stuck at a winery.

Below is a link to the Tram wine Tour website which has all the tours and tram lines for you to look over. This is a great site with plenty of information.

Wine Tram Tour

Our Favourite Wineries

We loved the Maison Winery it was a lovely small place with a very passionate owner who loved his wine and was extremely knowledgeable. As a result we did actually go back the next day to buy some wine.

Another highlight was Dieu Donne , and this was perfectly located a bit up in the hills overlooking the unbelievable Franschoek mountains. Epic views and great wine was always going to be a hit

OUR TIP : If visiting Dieu Donne I would recommend the amazing cheese platter to compliment there lovely wines.

Cheese Platter at Dieu Donne
Vineyards at Maison Winery

History

About 75 kilometres from Cape Town, Franschoek is a small town with a population of around 15,000.

So the name Franschoek means in Afrikans “the French Corner” with the French influence on the town being there to see.

In 1688 French Huguenot refugees came in and brought with them there wealth of knowledge of agriculture. Because of this many of the wineries even to this day are named after French regions like Champagne and La Provence to name a few.

In recent years Franschoek has become South Africa’s premium food and wine area, many of South Africa’s top restaurants being here. With this can bring great numbers of visiters to this great area.

Our top tip restaurant would be the Monneaux restaurant inside the Franschhoek Country Club and Villas

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