Words by Greg Landman
In a town that prides itself on being all things to all people when it comes to matters culinary—and to a lot of other things as well—one of Franschhoek’ s enduring treasures has always been La Petite Ferme.
The home of the Dendy Young family for generations has new owners and they are coming to terms with their acquisition in the best way possible. There is a new look to the place –a slight modernisation which is most appealing, without changing the feel of the place—very clever.
What helps it all along is that many of the staff one has been used to seeing there over the years still hold sway.
Smiling country style service is still the name of the game –the kitchen is under the sure hand of Neethling du Toit who has been there since 2008, so knows all the ropes, and talented Tanya Rousseau.
The winemaking is in safe hands with Wikus Pretorius who comes here from Haskell Vineyards. Many of the classic and much loved dishes one has been enjoying are still on the menu, like the famous Franschhoek smoked trout and the slow cooked lamb which falls off the bone. The delicious wines are just the ticket to accompany this generous country style cooking.
The eternally beautiful views are still the piece de résistance and the new outdoor dining areas with tables and chairs are just the place to drink it all in. Visitors are flocking there as I saw on a recent trip with much oohing and aahing as they go out onto the lawns for a little glass of bubbly before lunch.
The restaurant is now serving dinner as well and one can stay over in splendour should the return trip to wherever seem too daunting.
Phone: 021 876 3016