Internationally renowned chef Franck Dangereux is widely recognised as one of the forerunners of the fine-dining scene in Cape Town, having established the original La Colombe restaurant on Uitsig farm over 20 years ago. Having refined the art of elegant fine-dining to a tee, Franck decided it was time to turn his attention to a different kind of eating experience: fine-dining in a relaxed, family-friendly (and even dog-friendly) environment!
And so was The Foodbarn was born! What began as a humble sandwich stall in 2006 has grown into one of Cape Town’s most treasured culinary gems, situated in the idyllic Noordhoek Farm Village, a short drive from Cape Point Vineyards and Noordhoek Beach.
It is arguably the effortless combination of exquisite food in a beautiful, laidback setting that makes dining at The Foodbarn so memorable. With French-born Franck at the helm, mouthwatering dishes are given (he did, after all, earn his stripes in three-starred Michelin restaurants in France). And, coupled with the rustic charm of a converted barn, diners are guaranteed a gesellige* day in the country.
Inside, the restaurant acts as a canvas for local artists to exhibit their work for six months at a time: Michael Reichel’s art is currently on display. Painterly still-life-inspired wallpaper by Room 13 Design creates a focal point, while a life-sized bronze sculpture of a horse by Robin Kutinyi pays homage to the restaurant’s barn setting, with the whiff of freshly baked farm bread confirming that you are, in fact, in the country.
Outside, an enclosed playground is conveniently placed so that children can roam free while their care-givers enjoy a relaxing meal at one of the surrounding restaurants, cafés, and pubs, or browse the boutiques and art galleries.
Southern French flair
Fancy fine-dining is not what you’re here for; Franck’s been there; done that. Here, the cuisine is steeped in the southern French traditions (Franck was born in Cannes and enrolled at the Nice Hotel School at age 15), with an à la carte menu that is informed by the seasons and available ingredients.
Expect dishes such as wild mushroom and ricotta ravioli, goat’s-cheese salad and bouillabaisse soup for starters, with options of filet aux champignons (beef fillet with rich brandy and mushroom scented jus) vegetarian risotto, and Karoo lamb rack (served with rooibos purée, sweet butternut samosa and yoghurt) for mains. Save space for the chocolate “pavé”, banana brulée, an artisanal cheese board, or homemade sorbet.
The Foodbarn Deli
For a good cup of coffee and a croissant, the nearby deli is the ideal spot for breakfast and to shop for baked goods and ready-made meals to take home.
At night, it transforms into a vibrant tapas bar, with tasty small plates and creative wine pairings on offer. The Deli remains open until 9pm.
Having delivered a high quality of food and service for over a decade, The Foodbarn consistently satisfies diners. It’s no wonder some of South Africa’s top chefs – namely Chris Erasmus, Michélle Theron and Peter Goffe-Wood rate it as The best oldie but goodie in Cape Town.