Franschhoek, known for its vibrant and warm culture, is also famous for food and wine. A number of food and wine tours are available here, including tours of some of the most celebrated wineries and top gourmet restaurants. If you are planning a holiday in the Western Cape, a visit to the gourmet capital of South Africa is a must. Here are three highlights of most people’s trip to Franschhoek.
Lunch at Salmon bar
Located in Franschhoek, the Salmon Bar is bound to make you want to come back again and again. The main specialties of the restaurant are the uniquely prepared trout and salmon. The Royale Highlands Trout is an absolute favourite among the gourmets. The Rainbow Trout is also found in a few farms in the Western Cape. We recommend you to try sashimi; fresh raw fish. Don’t forget to try various varieties of fish based dishes such as salmon and trout in their hot-smoked, cured and cold smoked styles.
Sabrage at Haute Cabrière
Sabrage, for those who are not aware of the term, is a skilled way of uncorking champagne. It is said that the tradition of Sabrage started after a war where Napoleon’s cavalry came out victorious. They celebrated by opening the bottle with their sabres. Although, some deem it to be an unreasonable and dangerous art, it is a sight to see the experts pop the cork with a single and clean stroke. Even after opening it, there is a risk of the glass falling inside the champagne. Hence, it is better to watch the experts do it rather than trying it yourself.
Chocolates at Huguenot Fine Chocolates
If you have a sweet tooth, head over to Huguenot Fine Chocolates for an indulging chocolate experience. Here, you will learn the history of chocolate and chocolaterie and the whole process of chocolate making. After the session, you get to experience a chocolate taste test. They make a variety of different flavours such as praline, coffee crème, cherry kirsch, other wrapped handmade Belgian chocolates and pistachio marzipan. The best part is that you get all the experience by buying single tickets per person worth R35.