The Western Cape’s own French corner, Franschhoek, is a bounty of upmarket culinary delights. One of the newest of such delights is Le Coin Français by celebrated chef Darren Badenhorst. “There is the ultimate beauty in simplicity, which is why diners can expect clean flavour profiles with fresh acidity and textures,” Badenhorst says about his menu. Open for both lunch, where patrons can choose from an à la carte menu, and dinner – options include either a six-course tasting menu or the eight-course Chef’s Journey Menu – this contemporary-style restaurant is not to be missed when touring the area. Bookings are essential, and can be made online at www.lecoinfrancais.co.za, as well as by phoning +27 74 126 0022 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.