The tranquil garden

Perfect setting












In a town that prides itself on being the pinnacle of all things culinary, The Orangerie at Le Lude in Franschhoek stands out as one of the finest in town.  Chef Nicolene Barrow spent her early years in London at Gavroche and it shows in her mastery of sauces and soufflés, mainstays of French cuisine. The setting is idyllic, a garden with shady umbrellas and a cosy French style light filled room when the weather turns inclement.  One of the treasures to be had here are their famous award winning bubblies but there are other wonderful wines to keep you interested.

Duck liver parfait

Pickled fish















We have been there many times, my first time being the occasion where I had three soufflés, a cheese to start, a prawn to be going on, and finishing with a blueberry one—all spectacular. This time the day was perfect and we sat outside and spoilt ourselves. A traditional Cape Easter treat of pickled fish was one of the starters, deliciously spicy, but I had my favourite, the superb and very rich duck liver parfait with granny smith apples and brioche—heaven. The other starter was brown sugar cured salmon trout strips, recently from the river there no doubt. We went on to perfectly done grass fed Oak Valley fillet steak with irresistible potato wedges, and wonderful duck breast with fennel and orange and coriander crust. I opted for the special—for that day—Bouillabaisse, packed with fat mussels, juicy prawns and line fish, very Marseille—perfect. We had a bottle of the Le Lude bubbly to start and went on to the La Bri Chardonnay, also from this area. The service is impeccable at this luxury place, very special for those moments when you want to give yourself a real treat. Booking is a must especially at weekends—not the sort of place you drop into.


Steak and chips Orangerie style  PHONE 021 876 2961