Café Bon Bon, Franschhoek – The kids will love it and the grownups can relax with great wine while they keep an eye on them…
Even though the town of Franschhoek has many places to eat and prides itself on being the culinary capital of the Cape one can often struggle when looking for a perfect family place to eat that isn’t so child friendly that you cannot hear yourself speak.
Of course one also wants great food, excellent service and a setting that reminds one that you are IN THE COUNTRY. Just such a place is Café Bon Bon on the La Petite Dauphine estate a short way out of town. The setting is idyllic and sitting outside under the ancient oak trees is a particularly wonderful thing to do. Nevertheless when the weather is a bit iffy the interior is a cosy place to sit yourself down.
The resident rooster, Hendrik, who has managed to survive the pot for many years, struts around announcing his presence by crowing, much to the delight of any kids present.
The cuisine is country style with no frills and fancies with generous portions de rigueur. The Farmhouse terrine with duck liver, pork shoulder and spiced apple chutney, served with crunchy fresh bread is delicious, as is the fresh from the farm free range chicken and sundried tomatoes salad. Main courses of slow cooked pasture reared belly of pork nicely off set with a spicy plum purée, and the pan seared wild Cape salmon served with West Coast black mussels and corn chowder are top of their class. A nice vegetarian option is the risotto of courgettes, asparagus and crunchy walnuts, deliciously rich. If they have the excellent pear frangipane tarte when you go, do not miss it—it is a triumph.
The wine list is adequate and well-priced and the service is friendly in the country manner.
Words: Greg Landman
Pictures: Jaco Voges
As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.