I'm always attracted to quaint little restaurants, tucked away in the furthest reaches of a dorpie or farm. It feels like a secret only I and a few members of the public are privy to. So it was with giddy excitement that I made my way to Franschhoek one Saturday afternoon when invited to the pre-launch for Grande Provence’s latest offering.
Called The Bistro at Grande Provence, it's an intimate dining venue, yes you guessed it, tucked away in a secluded part of the Franschhoek wine estate.
Inviting and cosy, it seats a limited number of guests, making it the perfect location away from the big crowds.
The wine estate is synonymous with exquisite wines and fine contemporary art, but don’t expect any bourgeoisie airs and graces here. The Bistro has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere - think of it as visiting a friend who just happens to live on a wine farm.
With laidback, unpretentious decor, the food is exactly that. Home-baked goods and deli-style dishes are just what your taste buds are dying for. If you are after wholesome, freshly made gourmet fare, then you will be pleasantly surprised.
During the pre-launch lunch we were treated to delicious homemade chicken pie and a selection of warm vegetables. These dishes are a nod to nostalgia foods that we’ve somehow forgotten about, so it was lovely seeing and eating longed-for comfort foods that not only warm the tummy, but the soul.
Dessert included a choice variety of cakes, including chocolate and the most delectable carrot cake that I've had in ages.
Because of the unrestrained decor and atmosphere, my guess is that the Bistro will be a favourite with families when the warm, summer days come along. There’s ample enough space for the little ones to run around while mom and dad take a quick breather.
Either way, it’s bound to be a hit with all ages.