Introducing The New Grande Provence Bistro in Franschhoek
Aaaaah beautiful, beautiful Cape Town! You know when you see something extremely beautiful and you are just in awe and you start questioning yourself why you are worthy of such beauty? Well, this was me when I visited one of my favourite places, Franschhoek. I Love Foodies was invited there for the pre-opening spring lunch at the all new Bistro at Grande Provence, and I had the pleasure of going.
Set a few steps away from the equally stylish The Restaurant at Grande Provence, The Bistro brings a homely vibe with its décor, which will have you thinking you have just stepped into your own spacious home. Right outside, you get a clear mountain view and a green yard that will have you wanting to have a picnic all year round.
Wine & Hummus Pairing
Now, you know that there is no Franschhoek without wine, right? So without further ado, we were shown to our table, where we had a wine and hummus pairing waiting for us. This was something very different for me and so exciting. I enjoy hummus, but it is not my go-to spread, so this was definitely interesting. Three wines paired with three different flavoured hummus options.
First up was the Grande Provence Shiraz, paired with the spiced red lentil hummus. I am not a fan of heavy dry wine or spicy food, so this pairing was not really ideal. But from what my partner told me, the pairing worked well.
Next up was the natural bean hummus with labneh, coupled with the Grande Provence Chardonnay. My partner went completely gaga over this combination. She is a huge fan of Chardonnay and said its fruity taste mixed very well with the hummus.
Then, finally, came the winner (for me at least): the sweet combination. The fig hummus with pumpkin seeds paired with the Angels Tears Muscato wine. I do not know how to describe this except that it was absolutely delicious. Needless to say, I made sure that my wine glass was bottomless after that pairing.
Apart from the wine, we also had a choice of Grande Provence MCC Brut Rosé in the most stunning flute glasses, which definitely competed with the Angels Tears Muscato!
Then, the food. We were treated to a buffet lunch. The best thing about a buffet is that you can dish up just enough – and then go back for seconds! We had a choice off chicken pie, spinach tart, variety of cheese with mini slices of bread, some salad, huge bowls of fresh fruit salad, and a variety of cakes. I opted for a (big) piece of chicken pie, veggie salad with nuts, and, of course, some cheese.
What’s To Come
The idea behind The Bistro is to give people another option at Grande Provence. Not keen on the fine dining experience? Just have a relaxed salad! In terms of actual food items, the menu will be changing all the time, but everything will be kept in the easy and relaxed style. The Bistro also offers weekend braais for families who want to come through with their meat and salads – and they’ll do the actual braaing for you!
All in all, it was a perfect spring day, with Mother Nature smiling down on us, blessing us with clear skies and sun! Expect amazing things this summer at The Bistro, which will also include a coffee shop and a gin bar! Yessss!
Visiting Grande Provence
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Address: Main Road, Franschhoek
Call: +27 21 876 8600
Article Date: October 2018
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