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“Almost Brilliant”
4 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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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.
Surrey
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60 reviews
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“Almost Brilliant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

We were recommended to dine at Ryan's and managed to secure a reservation. When I e-mailed several weeks in advance they said this was the lead time for a guaranteed reservation. In the end we took pot-luck and booked the day before. As it was a breezy night the diners were inside the restaurant, all with a view of the open kitchen and Ryan and his staff creating their imaginative dishes. We chose the four course tasting menu with accompanying wines. As we had a few food likes and dislikes, they did honour these for us, although we were told that it was up to the Chef as to what was served. We were presented with a delicious amuse bouche - little plant pots with pea puree with a mushroom crumble. Then followed a beautifully presented plate/bowl with raw tuna, and apple and watermelon sorbet. We then had different courses, I the minced chicken with egg and pepper puree and my partner the curried fish presented en-papillote. A cleansing sorbet came before our tender springbok loin. Dessert was a chocolate fondant and a banana soufflé. The accompanying wines were all very well matched. The food was excellent and very inventive, but we both felt that the restaurant had something lacking - the kitchen staff didn't seem very happy in their work and it made for a very sober dining experience.

Visited February 2014
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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“not what we expected”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

We read several reviews about Ryan's Kitchen. So as Le Quartier was fully booked (two months in advance!) we decided to try this restaurant which was rated so highly. We were not inpressed. Not that the food was bad but it was just off an average standard, especially in Franschhoek you expect more. We used to like Franschhoek a lot as it had lots of good restaurants, the last few years however Stellenbosch has lots of better restaurants than Franschhoek.

Visited February 2014
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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“Super cuisine in the winelands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

We were recommended this restaurant and what a recommendation it was. Located centrally, the service, the food and the ambience were fantastic. The menu was small and diverse and the food was fantastic. The service was great too. The restaurant allows you to see the chefs in action - I was amazed at the calmness and great teamwork that I saw. The passion fruit soufflé was to die for.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

A group of 5 of us visited Ryan's Kitchen after a day touring the wine region. By the time we arrived we were ready to eat and keen to sample more wine. The food was excellent and it's great to have the open kitchen adjacent to the dining area in full view. Service was attentive and of a high standard. Atmosphere was relaxed. Some of the dishes were a bit unusual which made them all the more interesting. Everything was very tasty and I'd have no hesitation returning to or recommending Ryan's Kitchen. The style is much more at the fine-dining end of the scale, so don't go if you prefer steak and potatoes!

As we left we realised that there were more diners sat outside than inside where we had been. It was pretty dark out there and on reflection I'm happy that we were inside.

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Crewe
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“Stunning food, don't miss it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

Without doubt the best meal we had in South Africa - and we had some fabulous food! Great hospitality but outstanding food. A must is the chefs tasting menu and go for the option with wine - the chef decides what you eat - a wonderful experience all round as you can see the perpetration in the open kitchen. We will definitely be back - I can still taste my fish en papillotte!

Visited February 2014
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