One Dinner in Franschhoek

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Mar 22nd, 2006, 07:25 AM
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One Dinner in Franschhoek

We have one night in Franschhoek and are trying to figure out where to eat. We have lunch reservations at Bread and Wine and La Petite Ferme but are deciding between Le Bon Vivant, French Connection, and Grande Provence for dinner. We are leaning towards Bon Vivant, but are there any recent reviews of these spots? Thanks!
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 09:18 AM
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We went to both Le Bon Vivant & the French Connection in February. BY FAR Le Bon Vivant was better - in fact, my husband claims it is the best restaurant he has ever eaten in, anywhere in the world, ever. (Thanks Kavey!!!!!) Gorgeous presentation, wonderful service, delicious food.

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Mar 22nd, 2006, 11:32 AM
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You are welcome! I even converted Selwyn who has been since my own 2004 visit so I am confident the quality is still as good as it was.
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 11:56 AM
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What if the thread was "TWO dinners in Franschhoek"? ;-) I definitely want to go to Le Bon Vivant, but we would have a second night to try somewhere else also. Thanks
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 12:55 PM
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Thanks everyone. Kavey, I am not surprised to see you chiming in for Le Bon Vivant! It seems you discovered this one long before anyone else. I'll let you know if it's as good as you remember when we return!
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 11:56 PM
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Reuben's. Best meal we had in South Africa.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 07:23 AM
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Sadly, Le Bon Vivant is not open the night we are in Franschhoek. What is everyone's second choice? French Connection? Has anyone tried Grande Provence?
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 07:57 AM
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Which night is it closed? Thanks.
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Mar 24th, 2006, 06:42 AM
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It's closed on Wednesdays. Or at least the Wednesday we tried for!
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Apr 14th, 2006, 04:09 PM
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Sadly, we will not be able to dine @ Le Bon Vivant either We will be in town on June 2nd......they emailed that they are closed the entire MONTH of June! Sigh.
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Apr 16th, 2006, 03:34 AM
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Hello,

You really should consider The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais -- my dinner there was one of the best meals I've ever had, and I've dined at some of the best restaurants in the world (French Laundry, etc).

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Apr 16th, 2006, 07:53 AM
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Thanks, Julian. As it turns out, I did take that advice ;-) I had emailed both places because I have two nights. So I do have the Tasting Room reserved, but now have to find somether else for the remaining night.
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Apr 17th, 2006, 07:24 AM
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We went with French Connection--and we leave for our three-week African Adventures tonight! I will post a trip report when we return.
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Apr 18th, 2006, 01:13 AM
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I know that Le Quartier Francais has won awards for both hotel and restaurant. But the latest is by Restaurant magazine, which has just rated it #38 of its top 50. Another Cape restaurant (La Colombe) was rated #28.

Going off the subject, I see that El Bulli in Spain pushed The Fat Duck off its #1 spot. By chance this weekend I caught an amazing one-hour special on El Bulli and its chef-owner Ferran Adria, on BBC Food. Hosed by am American chef whose name I missed. It started in the "laboratory" where they conjure up and test new dishes and combinations, then it was followed by an amazing meal (32 mini-courses I think) at the chef's table in the kitchen. I missed about the first 1/3, I must see if it is going to be on again.

One of the reports on this "top 50" listing is at http://tinyurl.com/kr8ya.
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Apr 18th, 2006, 09:07 AM
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I would second the vote for Reuben's...great food!
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Apr 19th, 2006, 03:45 AM
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Oops. I obviously (I hope!) meant "Hosted by an American chef . . .".
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