Laidback is the new fine dining.
It’s no secret that Franschhoek is bursting at the seams with a rapidly growing selection of fine-dining eateries, so the decision to open a casual restaurant in the valley was certainly a savvy one.
From renowned chef-proprietor Scot Kirton (of La Colombe, La Petite Colombe and Foxcroft) comes Protégé, an exciting culinary destination that’s taken pride of place at Le Quartier Français, in what was previously The Garden Room.
Aptly named, the restaurant aims to provide young talented chefs the opportunity to hone their skills, with young chef Stephen Raaff heading the kitchen. Scot wanted to create a place that locals could call home, while enjoying top-quality, seasonally driven comfort food.
In keeping with global trends – where transparency is paramount – the restaurant space has been designed around a central show kitchen, with alfresco dining areas at both ends to ensure a wonderful dining experience carefully considered by interior wizards, Rotem Shachar and Megan Bon.