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The French Connection

Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4056
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Ranked #18 of 62 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $18
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Bistro
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Matthew Gordon’s popular bistro in the heart of the Franschhoek village offers a relaxed culinary experience with top-quality French classics like slow-roasted crispy duck with raspberry vinegar jus; superb steaks (try the fillet mignon with three-mushroom sauce), plus the freshest fish and local produce. Friendly, informative staff ensure that French Connection remains one of the most popular stops in the ‘Gourmet Capital of the Cape’. American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award 2006–2012; Diners Club International Wine List Award 2011–2013; Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012 & 2013.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Matthew Gordon’s popular bistro in the heart of the Franschhoek village offers a relaxed culinary experience with top-quality French classics like slow-roasted crispy duck with raspberry vinegar jus; superb steaks (try the fillet mignon with three-mushroom sauce), plus the freshest fish and local produce. Friendly, informative staff ensure that French Connection remains one of the most popular stops in the ‘Gourmet Capital of the Cape’. American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award 2006–2012; Diners Club International Wine List Award 2011–2013; Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012 & 2013.
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Corozal Town, Belize
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Lunched there on the advice of a local merchant. It was his go-to place for lunch in town. The service was fast and very professional. Our orders were beautifully prepared and the portions generous. My pork ribs were tender and at perfect temperature and my wife raved about the butternut squash over polenta. A really good meal with excellent service... More

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Hout Bay, South Africa
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went there on a Sunday evening and it was packed. Food is good but what really stands out is the service and the atmosphere. To be recommended

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Starter : the Duck liver tagliatelle. Kingklip with Basil cream and pine nut cream Mains: Fillet steaks with garlic herb butter, Dijon cream and a mushroom sauce with baby potatoes divine onion rings Desert Steam lemon pudding beautifully decorated and presented on lovely yellow plates The food was absolutely delicious. The Waitron Monise served us wonderfully with excellence and much... More

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Jason R, Owner at The French Connection, responded to this review

Dear Sue C Watt Thanks so much for your kind words, glad you had a great time. It's always encouraging to get such great feedback, and even nicer to know you have been a regular customer for some years. Many thanks for your support and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best Regards Matthew Gordon Owner More

Haymarket, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We were fortunate to stop at this pleasant restaurant while visiting the wine country of South Africa in July. After visiting two wineries and enjoying the village of Stellenbosch in the morning, we stopped in Franschhoek and enjoyed a wonderful lunch under an umbrella in the outdoor dining area in front of the restaurant. The sidewalk setting was a bit... More

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Paarl, South Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Different people recommended The French Connection to us and it was really averaged to rather disappointing. There is absolutely no effort in welcoming the dinner guests. Although we made a reservation the table was directly next to the noisy open kitchen. The starter: a vegetable salad was pathetic.Even if you had a looking glass you would be unable to find... More

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Jason R, Owner at The French Connection, responded to this review

Dear Paljas We were very disappointed to get your feedback after dining with us on the weekend. I apologise the food was not up to standard. The veal is one of our most popular dishes, and unlike a lot of other restaurants,it is pan fried in butter, not deep fried. It is unfortunate that you did not complain on the... More

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Wonderful fresh food beautifully presented. Our steaks were top quality and our starters sublime. An excellent menu and good wine list. Children are catered for with a good children's menu. Staff are well trained and efficient. Value for money is excellent

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Highly recommend if you're staying the night in franschoek. Excellent steak, great pinotage, awesome cheese platter to finish off. Fantastic all round without the feeling of paying a premium. Recommend booking as full and vibrant, but not too noisy.

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We arrived in on a cool night in July. We wanted good hearty food and that's exactly what we got. The food was great, the wine tasty and the open roaring gave the restaurant a lovely warm atmosphere.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We had a lovely meal on Friday evening - being lucky to get a table since we didn't book a reservation. The restaurant was packed and visitors even sat on the stoep in the cold winter - clear indication that this restaurant is famous for their food. Enjoyed a lovely bottle of Haute Cabriere Pionot Noir with rib-eye steak with... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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78 reviews 78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We ate here twice because we enjoyed it so much. A lovely bistro in town, with a wide menu to suit every taste and great wine at affordable prices. Everything we ordered was delicious and fresh, from mussels to duck, goats cheese tart, beef stroganoff and fine pinot noir served by the glass, in a carafe or bottle. Unbelievable value... More

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