Franschhoek Exploring: Lunch at Chefs Warehouse at Maison

by Karisa

This is part 4 of my “Franschhoek Exploring” series.  If you missed part 1 (Marigold Restaurant), 2 (Franschhoek Village Market) & 3 (Wine Tram) – you can check it out over here, here and here.

Most of you should know the successful Chefs Warehouse franchise by Chef Liam Tomlin which of course started out in Bree Street, then opened at Beau Constantia and now has a 3rd location at the beautiful Maison Wine Estate in Franschhoek.

While riding the wine tram earlier this year, my friends and I decided to have lunch at the the newest Chefs Warehouse on the proverbial block.  Chefs Warehouse at Maison offers the same “Tapas for 2” concept as the other two, but served alongside gorgeous views of the Franschhoek mountains as well as Maison’s award-winning wines.


The menu would have likely changed quite a few times since our visit, but this is just to give you an idea of what to expect:

As with their other two locations, if your table is not an even number – no need to stress. If you’re an odd number (we were 3) they’ll charge you for another half set and then you can pick which dishes you’d like extra of.

Every single dish was absolute perfection…  I honestly couldn’t fault anything and remember having a huge smile on my face, even hours after the meal.  Therefore, I’m not going to break it down dish-by-dish, instead I’m just going to show you what it all looked like with the goal of leaving you salivating. 😉

Linefish sashimi, chimichurri oil, lime sour cream & spiced corn cracker

Beef sirloin pastrami, horseradish catalan, spiced onion relish charred, spring onion salsa, sour cream & homemade soft pretzel

Cured Franschhoek trout, spiced oil, fresh kohlrabi, buttermilk labneh, fried curry leaves & curried lavash

Roast organic aubergine & feta cream, homemade coppa, seed crumb & confit garlic

Risotto, celeriac & truffle with smoked bone marrow & crispy potato crumb

Grilled hake, with atchar-spiced carrot broth, slow roasted carrots, shiso & tempura lovage

Coal roasted chicken thighs, with saffron cream, roast baby red onion, charred spring onion, mange tout & kataifi pastry

Roast pork belly, South East Asian pepper relish, homemade ricotta, grilled figs & cashews

For the exceptional food, beautiful wines, friendly & attentive service and that gorgeous setting, I’m going to give Chefs Warehouse at Maison a top score of on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale.  And seeing as we’re already in August, I’m also confident that this meal will easily make it into my top 5 meals of 2018.

To book a table, you can contact them on 021 876 2116 – BUT, the easiest is actually just to use their online booking system over here.  That way you can instantly see what dates & times have availability.

The restaurant is open:

  • Tue – Sat for lunch (12:00 – 14:30) & dinner (17:00 – 20:00)
  • Sundays for lunch only (12:00 – 14:30)
  • And closed on Mondays


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