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“Great Restaurant - Good value of money” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The French Connection

The French Connection
Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4056
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Ranked #13 of 62 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Price range: $15 - $18
Cuisines: Bistro
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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.
Durban, South Africa
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant - Good value of money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We tried this restaurant on recommendation from our hotel manager. It was a cold rainy evening and there was a fire going to keep the place warm and welcoming. We tried the winter menu (2 courses) which comprised of a starter and main or main and desert. There were 4 adults in our party and all meals were excellent. The selection catered for all tastes. Food was delicious. The staff were attentive and an enjoyable evening was had by all.

Visited June 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Generous bistro food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Freezing winter night so enjoyed the warm and friendly atmosphere.
This is not haute cuisine but beautifully cooked and generous portions. At our table moulles frittes, crispy duck, pork rib, tempura prawns and good pasta. All excellent. Good wine list which is not overpriced.
The staff were all very friendly, knowledgable and unobtrusively attentive.
I am going back in summer fora long lunch.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Great food, Great Atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Wonderful, warm welcome from the South African winter... A blazing fire and the sound of chatter from happy diners greet you when you open the door.

The food was really excellent and the service swift and efficient. The prices were very reasonable for such high quality food.

  • Visited July 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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Pretoria, South Africa
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Good restaurant in stunning town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

I was referred to another restaurant in Franschhoek, but it was closed until the end of the month. So a shop owner pointed me to The French Connection lower down in the street. I was pleasantly surprised by the friendly staff, nice warm fireplace, and good food. The menu had a good selection and they also offered some discounted set menu options, which I tried.

They have quite a range of choices of local wines - bit pricy though, especially if you consider that their wines are actually from their own neighbourhood.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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“fantastic food, nice atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

We ate here during the very busy Bastille Festival; it was lovely to sit on the sidewalk watching all the festive people. I tried the ribs which wasn't perfect but the rest of the food was "knock your socks off". The kids homemade fish fingers was very tender, fresh and tasty (way better than traditional fish fingers). My wife had a lovely veal schnitzel which was terrific. I had a chocolate desert which I was very protective over. My wife (who is an apple crumble fundi) loved their rendiion of it. The only negative was that the service was a little slow but I will forgive them as the place was packed. Will I go again? Definetely (but I first need to try the other places in town!)

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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