Franschhoek Exploring: Fantastic Indian flavours at Marigold

by Karisa

Back in March of this year I did a little weekend away with friends in beautiful Franschhoek… I know, I know, I’m hanging my head in shame that it’s taken me so long to write about it, but life happened & I kept struggling to find the time to sit down and just get it done…  But it really was such an amazing weekend, and the details really do deserve to be shared.

The highlights that I wanted to share with you guys were:

  • Dinner at Marigold Restaurant
  • Visiting the Franschhoek Village Market
  • Riding the Wine Tram
  • Lunch at Chef’s Warehouse at Maison

So I’ll be doing a series called “Franschhoek Exploring” this week & next which will cover these four items.   First up, our amazing dinner at Marigold Restaurant where I had some of the best Indian food I’ve had in a very very long time.

Marigold is situated on Franschhoek’s main road, so it’s pretty easy to find.  It’s a relatively small restaurant inside, making it a lovely, cosy spot.  There is also a little outside dining area, which would be lovely in summer, but on the night it was a bit chilly, so we settled inside.  Decor-wise they’ve kept things simple with a soft green & brown palette.  My iPhone camera struggled with the lighting a bit, but hopefully these couple of photos give you a good enough idea of what to expect:

The outside area…

Being both ravenous & keen to try absolutely everything, we ordered a range of dishes that can only be described as an Indian feast.  This included: Palak Chaat (Crispy spinach leaves), Machli Amritsari (Deep-fried fish goujons), Aloo Tikki Chole Chaat (a popular street food from New Delhi), Masala Prawns, Murg Makhani (Butter Chicken), Dal Tadka (Yellow), Tandoori Raan (Lamb shank), and one of each type of Indian bread, a paratha, a naan and a roti.

Yeah, we pretty much ordered the entire menu… 😉  This is what it all looked like:

I really couldn’t fault any of the dishes with the crispy spinach leaves, the butter chicken & prawns being standouts.  Having tried so many things, I can honestly say:  just order anything that tickles your fancy, it’s sure to be good.  It is a little on the pricey side, especially for Indian, so that’s something to consider.  For pricing you can have a look at their menu over here.

For a really lovely meal in a warm & welcoming setting with friendly & attentive service, I’m going to give Marigold a score of  on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale & definitely recommend that you pay them a visit.

To enjoy your own Indian feast, take note of the following important details:

  • Address: Heritage Square, 9 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek 7690, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Phone: +27 (0)21 876 8970
  • Email:
  • Book a table by giving them a call, sending them an email or by using their online booking system on their website.
  • Opening hours:
    – May to October: 12h00–14h30 & 18h00–21h00
    – November to April: 12h00–14h30 & 18h00–22h00


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