Clas­sic Cui­sine with Con­tem­po­rary Twists

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It is a warm Sum­mer’s day. Tourist sea­son has ended, and you can leisurely saunter down the now quiet streets of Fran­schhoek. Feel­ing a bit peck­ish, you scan the rows of culi­nary delights that line the streets of this up­mar­ket town. Sud­denly, a white build­ing with a wel­com­ing ve­randa catches your eye. You can­not re­mem­ber see­ing it be­fore, but you are glad you are see­ing it now.

A fine-din­ing ex­am­ple of old meets new, Le coin Français is the new­est ad­di­tion to the cen­turies-old town of Fran­schhoek. Deriv­ing its name from the town’s French ori­gins in the 1600s, Le coin Français is the French de­riv­a­tive of the cur­rent Dutch-named Fran­schhoek, both of which trans­late to “French Cor­ner” in English.

“I wanted a name that re­ally had depth in mean­ing and paid trib­ute to all that this amaz­ing town has to of­fer. In my mind, there was no bet­ter way to achieve this than by us­ing the name the French used when they first set­tled here, es­pe­cially since my culi­nary style has firm roots in French clas­si­cal cook­ing. I have also in­cluded a few hand­s­e­lected rare wines from the var­i­ous wine­pro­duc­ing re­gions in France in my wine list,” ex­plains Chef Dar­ren Baden­horst, owner and ex­ec­u­tive chef of Le coin Français.

Dur­ban-born Chef Dar­ren opened this up­mar­ket es­tab­lish­ment in Oc­to­ber last year. Prior to this, he worked as the ex­ec­u­tive chef at the nearby renowned Grande Provence Es­tate for over seven years. He left with the on­go­ing sup­port of cur­rent owner, Alex van Heeren, tak­ing with him not just the years

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