Former chef at ‘JAN’ to open new restaurant in Franschhoek

Much excitement in the foodie world, and whatsapp notifications were buzzing wildly last week as Luxury Franschhoek guesthouse in Franschhoek, Le Petit Manoir shared the announcement that ex head chef of Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s Michelin-starred restaurant, JAN, in France will be opening up a new fine-dining restaurant in August.

Kevin Grobler shares that Franschhoek has always been a special place for him and is part of the reason he made the move back to South Africa’s shores, brings a wide range of culinary skills and experience to the Le Petit Manoir’s kitchen after nearly three years at JAN, as well as stints at Terroir and Cavalli.

He is planning on wowing with his culinary skills and the food focus will be on fine-dining experience with a European slant and a big emphasis on quality local produce.

The eat all day menu features some cool breakfasts like miso Croque Madame or chocolate quinoa with whipped coconut cream.

Lunchtime nibblers will whet their appetites with a tapas offering with options like fresh salmon with smoked tomato broth or braised short-rib with mustard-leaf pesto; and cheese and meat platters.

Come dinner time – you will certainly be wowed with a five-course tasting menu, which features dishes like sweet-potato mousse with black garlic; cured and roasted carrot with goat’s cheese mousse; and whiskey tipsy tart with salted caramel mousse for dessert. Their will also be a deli on site to purchase fresh baked breads and other goodies.

Images supplied and info sourced from EatOut.

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