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“Culinary Delight in the countryside” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Foodbarn Restaurant, Deli & Tapas

The Foodbarn Restaurant, Deli & Tapas
Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Noordhoek 7979, South Africa
+27 (0)21 789 1390
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Ranked #1 of 10 Restaurants in Noordhoek
Price range: $1 - $100
Cuisines: Caribbean, French, Seafood, Bistro
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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170 reviews 170 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Culinary Delight in the countryside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Noordhoek is underrated. Apart from its lovely long sandy beach made famous by the film Ryan's Daughter, it offers a rural and peaceful setting for families and other non city slickers. When Franck of La Colombe fame came to this little village, he brought with him classy food and home made bread. The villagers love him. And so The Food Barn was born. Our visit last Sat was a a superbly orchestrated one - the sun was shining, the children not so noisy, the nearby restaurants filled with just the right amount of people, and the parking lot was just about full. We brought our dog with us, and sat on the left hand side of the covered patio, away from the playground and the other diners. He (our dog) loved the attention too - a fresh water bucket, and his own furry bed. The summer menu is tempting but 3 courses for lunch was a little too much. Also it would mean more alcohol, which is never a wise idea. So we opted for the a la carte. Our seafood starters were sensational (see photos). Need I say more? My partner's filet steak was sublimely prepared - medium rare to perfection. My ox tripe was an adventure because I never cook it at home. And it was OK. A bit watery and not enough oomph. I prefer the other (late) Frank (Swainston of Uitsig)'s chilly version. Still, I enjoyed the green salad, and the lovely wine. The setting could not be better. The waiter James was charming and attentive. The manager came out to greet us and the other staff members came to see if the dog needed more attention. What a marvellous place.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
239 helpful votes 239 helpful votes
“The same enjoyable experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

One goes to eat a meal at the Foodbarn as a bit of a treat and so it proved this time.The food is imaginatively cooked and presented although not as exotic as La Colombe when Franck established that as a gourmet's delight.This time the fish eaters had the best of it as the Karoo lamb was a little over cooked and chewy. The service was cheerful and efficient and the ambience was described by one of our party of 6 as "cosy".One is spoilt by having the Foodbarn as your local and we will continue to visit as often as the occasion demands.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Culinary excellence in modern french country setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

I live in and love Noordhoek. So does internationally reknown chef, Franck Dangereuse, who puts all of this passion for the area into his three eating experiences on the one property. The bistro is fine dining and superbly romatic ambience at its best. I have eaten there often, and never been let own by the excellent service and wonderful food. The foodbarn deli across the carpark, has superb coffee, tea, breakfasts and lunches, and turns into canlelit tapas wonderland at night. Local or visitor, make this a definite stop sometime soon!

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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Best deserts !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I have a sweet tooth. Ordered three various deserts. Loved it. Never come to Cape Town and not visit the Foodbarn. The standard always the same. To me...of all the restaurants I visit....the best deserts!

Visited March 2013
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A haven of delight in the Cape...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Some of the best parts of the Cape are in the more hidden away, off-the-beaten track locales, and a trip to the Foodbarn amply demonstrates this. Franck, Dangereuse by name, charming by nature, knows what it takes to run a superb kitchen - he took La Colombe into the highest echelons of World cuisine, but here at the Foodbarn he has successfully achieved the dichotomous - a fabulous restaurant to more than meet the gourmet palate of the World's most serious, fastidious and demanding of Gourmands, but also created a relaxed haven within the already laidback and faintly Bohemian Noordhoek Village.

The food is divine; French inspired but drawing on the variety of Cape fresh produce, the wine list creative and not over-priced and the whole experience one to be savoured.

Also not to be missed is Franck's neighbouring Deli - the heartbeat and meeting-place of this artistic, literate community; a place to just be and to enjoy the sumptuous fresh bakery offerings and fine barrista coffees.... I can't wait to get back

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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