Fete de la Gastronomie in South Africa

France celebrates Gastronomy this year by creating the Fete de la Gastronomie, various events will take place all over France on and around 23 September.  A taste of this celebration is now in South Africa. Some of our South African restaurants embrace French cuisine.  have a look at the list below, some of them will be celebrating the festival too.


Aubergine Restaurant in Gardens Cape Town, in celebration of Spring and all things French, turn Aubergine into L’Aubergine and offer you a 4-course menu with a French theme.  This delectable menu is paired with outstanding wines created by French winemakers producing wines in South Africa.  Enjoy the fine food and wines that have become synonymous with the Aubergine Restaurant.


The Big Easy is situated in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch.  La Gratitude was built in 1798 by the first Reverend of Stellenbosch.  It boasts a blend of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture and is known as “The Grand Old Lady”.  The building has been gently and tastefully renovated  to provide the home for Ernie Els’s new signature wine bar and restaurant.


Bizerca Bistro is situated on the Foreshore in the Cape Town Central Business District.  Laurent was rewarded for his culinary skills and passion for his work with a Two Chefs Hat status in Australia and the numerous other awards received speaks volumes of the combination of his classic French training and the ten year experience of working in Australia.  Laurent brings with him a gentle and down to earth approach in the kitchen ………bon appétit!!”  Enjoy a special French menu during the Fete!


Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, situated at Môreson Wine Estate outside Franschhoek exudes an old world charm.  It is a character-filled, rustic restaurant that has won numerous accolades for its honest food.  Neil Jewell, the Charcuterie Guru, is the inspiration behind the perfectly balanced, seasonally influenced and surroundings inspired, menu.  His passion lies in his homemade Charcuterie that he prepares with mountains of patience and bucket loads of love.  Enjoy special French tastes during the Fete!


Café Chic is a beautiful Victorian house in the Gardens area of Cape Town.  This unique restaurant consists of two dining rooms,  Whiskey Bar,  Cocktail bar and Moroccan tent.  The bistro style food served is typically South African with a French twist.  The Victorian house is perfectly restored and each room is individually designed to make every guests experience different even on repeat visits.  The restaurant will be celebrating the Fete de la Gastronomie and are offering guests a glass of Pierre Jourdan Method Cap Classique with every meal.


Joostenberg bistro is situated in Muldersvlei, in the Stellenbosch winelands.  A great place to stop when visiting the wine area of the Western Cape.  In the relaxed family friendly bistro they serve freshly cooked, simple meals such as traditional breakfasts, croissants, omelettes, charcuterie, coq au vin, crème caramel and homemade ice creams.  In the deli they sell a wide range of local specialty produce.  They are also  proud of their own farm reared pork.  Fresh meat can be cut to order and bacon, sausages, terrines, pates, cured meats are prepared on site.  The wines have a sense of place and are made on the farm from the organic vineyards.


La Colombe  Restaurant is situated on Constantia Uitsig, Cape Town.  Scot Kirton was appointed as Executive Chef of La Colombe in September 2010 and has since made his mark at this award-winning restaurant by securing an honorable Top 100 position in the San Pellegrino 100 Best Restaurants of the World Awards 2011.  Scot’s philosophy and approach to food lies in the pursuit of excellence and perfection he says, “Every dish can always be improved.  The freshest seasonal produce, uncomplicated clean flavors and classical elegance are the essence of my inspiration and passion for food.”  With impeccable service and an award-winning wine list, La Colombe is a truly unforgettable experience!


Caveau restaurant opened up in the antique cellars of Heritage Square in central Cape Town in 2004.  The concept of unpretentious fine-dining quickly entrenched it as a firm favourite on the local culinary scene.  A daily-changing menu, innovative wine list, relaxed atmosphere and attentive service have garnered it extensive acclaim.  The innovative and extensive wine list is categorized according to moods and styles, not region or varietal, making it informative and practical.  Open air seating is available in the historic Heritage Square courtyard as well as the terrace on Bree Street.  The restaurant is also adjoined by Caveau Deli.


Morgenhof Wine Estate is situated in the Stellenbosch winelands,  is owned by Anne Cointreau of France, and will be showcasing a special French menu during the Fete de la Gastronomie week.  The menu features Tomato & Gruyere Galette, Veal Cutlets served with Ratatouille & Gratin Dauphinois, ending with the very traditional Crepes Suzette.  One can select a 2 or 3 course menu.  A selection of elegant Morgenhof wines is available to compliment the French cuisine.


Savoy Cabbage is situated in central Cape Town, and offers a menu that alters daily, using the freshest local produce.  Gracious dining without excessive formality, High standards of service remain uncompromized.  Boutique wine list with many available by the glass also reflects discerning good taste.  Chosen as CNN’s only  “Hot Spot” for Cape Town.  Rave Review New York Times.  2½ star rating in Rossouw Guide.  Enjoy a special menu including a glass of Cap Classique.


The Foodbarn is situated in the picturesque Noordhoek, next to Chapmans Peak Drive.  The philosophy of the foodbarn is that food must be civilized without being over civilized; that is to say it has natural taste, smells and textures and much character…..often it looks beautiful too…what is paramount, is that it is prepared with respect, savvy and love…then, it is the right food for us to eat.  You will always find traditional French items on the menu.