Tel: (021) 876-3772
Reuben's–Franschhoek's first signature restaurant– is a sophisticated brasserie, in a modern and tasteful setting. The décor is minimalist, the food an exciting combination of flavours and as one might expect (Reuben's partners are Marc Kent and Tim Rands of Boekenhoutskloof–one of the top wineries in Franschhoek and indeed South Africa), the wine list is extensive.
Reuben Riffel, having been Executive Chef at another Franschhoek restaurant, Monneaux, left South Africa to gain experience in Europe. He returned, to open the eponymously named restaurant, in 2003.
With its bar counter made from the wing of an old DC10 airplane, the "Gooney Bar" provides a place to meet friends and enjoy a drink, before moving to your table. The restaurant itself is open and airy, providing a lively but elegant atmosphere during dinner.
The varied menu features dishes such as salmon fish cakes, steak and frites with sauce béarnaise, chilli salted squid and Szechwan duck pie to name but a few. Additionally, a large selection of daily specials are displayed on a chalk board.
In 2004, Reuben's won 'Chef of the year' and 'Restaurant of the year' in South African Eat Out magazine's Johnnie Walker Awards.
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