La Petite Ferme Restaurant, Franschhoek
South Africa 7690
Tel: 27 21 876 3016
Concierge.com's insider take:
Lunch at La Petite Ferme, a mountainside restaurant, inn, and winery in food-centric Franschhoek, an hour outside Cape Town, puts us in a Great Gatsby frame of mind. With fans whirling overhead, faded terra-cotta tiles underfoot, white linens, white chairs, and white rosebushes, plus a great lawn that stretches to rolling vineyards, La Petite Ferme's sun-drenched veranda calls for a cloche hat and a long strand of pearls, or pinstripes and suspenders. Lunch is the only meal served here, but don't plan to eat lightly. The Mediterranean-African-Middle Eastern fusion menu changes frequently but might include crispy duck with saffron gnocchi, mushroom ragout, and a roasted onion and pear vinaigrette; venison medallions accompanied by a Moroccan vegetable crumble and a tagine jus; and an outrageously rich dark chocolate mousse with Morello cherries, orange Topfen ice cream, and a web of spun sugar. While there is no sommelier, the wine list—which includes several homegrown vintages—does offer pairing suggestions.Josey Miller
Open daily noon to 4 pm.