LA PARIS ES­TATE

Ac­com­mo­da­tion and Bistro in Fran­schhoek

Road Trip - - CONTENTS - Story by Char­lotte Rogers | Im­ages © La Paris Es­tate

The ‘Food Rev­o­lu­tion,’ as I like to call it, swept through South Africa like a new Tay­lor Swift al­bum. Sud­denly, the pas­sion for food was ev­ery­where. Peo­ple started car­ing more about what they ate – where the in­gre­di­ents came from, whether there are any hid­den preser­va­tives, and (ob­vi­ously) how de­li­cious it is. Never far be­hind the fresh-off-the-press trends, La Paris Es­tate in­vested a huge amount of care and thought into their new­est ven­ture – the La Paris Bistro and Deli – and we paid them a visit!

La Paris Es­tate, of the beau­ti­ful West­ern Cape winelands re­gion, has lov­ingly re­stored their his­toric build­ings to make up the mod­ern prop­erty. Gabled fa­cades and chalk white walls con­trast the lush green gar­dens.

In­spired by lux­u­ri­ous com­fort and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, the La Paris Bistro is an ex­pe­ri­ence in sump­tu­ous mod­ern styling, fea­tur­ing in­door palms and hang­ing ferns. The Bistro restau­rant is set atop beau­ti­ful solid French Oak wooden floors. The out­door ter­race is un­der the tow­er­ing oak trees of the es­tate and um­brel­las opens onto lush lawns and the ex­pan­sive court­yard of the es­tate

Head Chef Nico Vorster is at the helm in the kitchen. He brings with him years of five-star food ex­pe­ri­ence, and de­scribes his style as “el­e­gant food of dar­ing flavours and fa­mil­iar favourites.” The kitchen as a whole have taken on the ‘Farm to Ta­ble’ phi­los­o­phy, and they do not com­pro­mise on their qual­ity. The Bistro sources all in­gre­di­ents lo­cally, from re­spon­si­ble pro­duc­ers and strives to re­spect the raw prod­uct, do­ing as lit­tle as pos­si­ble and keep­ing the in­tegrity of the nat­u­ral flavour.

The in­spired menu fea­tures both healthy and sin­ful dishes, in­clud­ing light op­tions like cured salmon, pick­led cu­cum­ber, sesame slaw, and rice bowls, to de­li­cious mains like mango-gin­ger prawns with cit­rus cous­cous, seared beef salad with gor­gonzola and Peck­ham pears, or craft beer bat­tered line-fish and hand-cut chips. Lunch is served from 12h00, and the es­tate makes for the per­fect lazy lunch venue – sit­ting pretty among the trees and moun­tains of one of the most beau­ti­ful re­gions in the coun­try.

If you want to drop in a lit­tle ear­lier, break­fast is served from 08h30 to 11h00. The morn­ing menu is just what the doc­tor or­dered to break your fast – all of the dishes use eggs from farm-raised, free-range chick­ens. Fruit bowls, freshly baked pas­tries, and lo­cally sourced meats are also avail­able. En­joy your meal with a cup of ex­pertly made cof­fee, sit­ting on the ve­randa while lis­ten­ing to birds chirp­ing.

La Paris Bistro also makes some de­li­cious cakes, avail­able at the bistro and deli, or to or­der. Their se­lec­tion in­cludes carrot cake, cheese­cake, red vel­vet cake and choco­late cake. Their favourite cake is prob­a­bly the iced caramel sponge cake, with macadamia brit­tle, and caramelised pop­corn top­ping. It is a real crowd pleaser! The bakery also pro­duces stun­ning wed­ding cakes, which is handy as La Paris is a hugely-pop­u­lar wed­ding venue.

The Bistro Bar is fully equipped with ev­ery­thing any spe­cial oc­ca­sion needs – over 70 lo­cally sourced wines, craft beers, and lo­cal craft spir­its (which bar­men turn into won­der­ful cock­tail cre­ations in the blink of an eye).

The Bistro Deli is a fresh pro­duce and sup­ply store, which car­ries both lo­cal and im­ported prod­ucts of the high­est qual­ity. Fresh se­lec­tions of or­ganic pro­duce, plus meats, cheeses, and bil­tong cover ev­ery shelf, just wait­ing for you to take them home to en­joy. They also have ready-toeat take-away op­tions along with cof­fee, tea, juice, and the de­li­cious cakes made by the bakery. The Deli has two walk-in wine cel­lars, in to­tal hous­ing over 70 dif­fer­ent wines.

Wed­dings at La Paris can be hosted in one of three stun­ning venues: a 400-seater, venue, fit with a crys­tallised chandelier called The Lyceum; a 120-seater black and white mar­bled venue called The Win­ery, com­plete with his­toric wine tanks, and out­door set­tings in the Rose Gar­den; and the cir­cu­lar Ar­bour venue among tall, tightly-clipped hedges.

For a lit­tle peace and quiet, which every­body needs some­times, head out to La Paris Es­tate for a day of good food, great wine, and stun­ning sur­round­ings. The es­tate is child-friendly, as is the Bistro (with a ded­i­cated kid­dies menu), and the man­i­cured lawns are the per­fect play­ground for na­ture-lov­ing lit­tle ones.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.la­paris.co.za.

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