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“Best meal ever!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ryan's Kitchen

Ryan's Kitchen
Ranked #2 of 75 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: African, Contemporary, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Contemporary South African cooking, small plate concept,excitement and open interactive kitchen located on the main road at the entrance to the village.
Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
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“Best meal ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

Visited here for dinner last Friday night and have to say it was one of the best meals, (if not the best!) that I have ever had. On honeymoon, here from Ireland and it was a real treat. Very easy to book via email and service all round was top notch. Felt like we were at the chef's table. Great atmosphere and flavours in food were amazing. We both went with the 4 course chef's menu with wine. Have to say my favourite was the soufflé for desert. This place definitely deserves a Michelin star. Will definitely go back if we return to SA some day!

  • Visited October 2013
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Oxford
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“To be improved”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

Went for a leisurely dinner. The service was a bit hectic, the atmosphere sterile. If you have an open- plan kitchen with good potential, good food- why the heck do you not use it? The cook (Ryan) has a shy personality- he does not talk to the guests despite them sitting right in front of them. Come on!- He barely even reacted on the compliments we were trying to make. This can easily be improved upon. Just get a psychologist to fix the problem. Most memorable dish: Naartje soufflé with licorice ice- cream. Genus!

Visited August 2013
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

We dined here on 25th September, as part of a ten day tour of South Africa. This was without doubt the best dining experience of the trip. Warm welcome, attentive service and cosy atmosphere. The excellence of the dishes we ordered left us quite stunned, Ryan's wife Lana made excellent recommendations for the best wines to go with each dish. Seriously inexpensive for the quality of the food and the quite unique experience. If you like the idea of fine imaginative dining in a relaxed atmosphere, do not hesitate to try this place.

  • Visited September 2013
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Leeds, UK
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“Simply Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

I am writing this after dining here on Monday 7th October 2013.

The whole experience was simply fantastic. Staff were very attentive without being overbearing and overall a totally different dining experience. A gem of a place that anyone visiting the Cape must try. In no way was this expensive for what you get, even the bubbly is reasonably priced and if anyone does think it is overpriced then try eating in a Michelin starred restaurant in UK. This is easily above the quality of those without the pretentiousness and cost. We had the four course chef selection menu with wines and I don't think I could have eaten any more. Thank you Lana and Ryan and your excellent staff for a superb experience in an amazing setting that Franschoek is.

  • Visited October 2013
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Franschhoek, South Africa
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“A Culinary Masterpiece!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

We live in Franschhoek, so are fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best restaurants in South Africa. But clearly, in my view, Ryan's Kitchen excels in every way! The atmosphere at the restaurant is very warm and inviting. The restaurant is run by Ryan - the chef - and his wife Lana, who make your whole experience a very personal and memorable one. The service is excellent, with great attention to detail. But the coup de grace is, without doubt, Ryan's great creativity. Each dish that one orders is a culinary masterpiece, with an exciting explosion of colours, textures and flavours. The verbal approval of "ooohs and aaahs" fills the restaurant as each new dish is served to the tables. What a professional talent Ryan has - I am so looking forward to my next dinner at his restaurant!

  • Visited September 2013
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