Far from the west bank of the upper River Rhine, a little piece of classical French cuisine has floated all the way to the southern tip of Africa. Located in Roodepoort, just across the hill from Florida Glen, Les Delices de France is almost unnoticeable, tucked away in between office parks.

It's A Regional Thing at Les Delices de France

The decor is warm with inspiration taken from the French homestead. Dressed not to impress but to promote comfort and homeliness, Les Delices de France exalts ebullience.

The menu at Les Delices de France flows by region. Items such as rösti ( a potato pancake, originating from the Swiss borders of France), galette des rois (king cake, originating from the north of France) and veal paupiette (meat rolled and stuffed, popular in Normandy) explores as much culinary ground of the country without losing track of what's important – the taste.

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It is evident that the kitchen's capability to pull off such extravagant and carefully curated dishes stems from having knowledgeable and strong leaders. At the helm of this hidden gem is Chef Robert Baxa and manager Claudette Gourjux. Chef Baxa spent time in the kitchen with acclaimed Chef Marc Guebert at Ile de France in the mid-90s. The original Ile de France has come and gone, but it was one of the first restaurants to put the French palate on a pedestal in the city, whichwould later revolutionise the South African culinary scene. It is safe to say that this eatery has picked up where Ile de France has left off.

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There Are No Wrong Choices At Les Delices de France

The menu might be in French (with English subtitles) but the waiters are more than knowledgeable and can guide you in the right direction. The concept behind this eatery is to introduce classical French cuisine to Johannesburg. Patrons can expect a fusion between haute cuisine and contemporary indulgence – the reason why American Express gavethe restaurant a platinum fine dining award in 2017. When it comes to ordering à la carte, the duck carpaccio with apricot, sesame seeds, olive oil, honey and walnut comes highly recommended.  Mains is divided between meat and fish with no wrong choices in between. If the tender rabbit braised in red wine and mushrooms served with spaëtzle noodles is not your cup then we recommend keeping it authentic with an oven-roasted beef fillet drenched in rich and creamy béarnaise sauce. On the fish side of life, items such as the bourride à la brestoise (fish stew with shrimps, mussels, mushrooms and a cream sauce) sing songs of the Riviera on a summer's evening.

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Round off your experience with the three cheeses of the day or dive deep into a wide selection of soufflés. Choices such as lemon, raspberry, and vanilla flamed with rum will transport you to Provence in a heartbeat.

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Sipping Champagne At Les Delices de France

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right. This is the case and point at Les Delices de France. Boasting bruts such as Paul Roger NV, Follet Special, and Louis Roederer Premiere, the restaurant goes out of its way to source excellent brands for you to sip on. The bubbly train does not stop there, as Les Delices de France dabbles in prime MCC brands. Visitors can expect Colmant from Franschhoek, Graham Beck, and Simonsig. There is also a wide selection of French and South African wines to compliment your dining experience.

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No matter where you are in Johannesburg, it's recommended to pick a warm day, drive to the west and sit on the patio at Les Delices de France, look out into the garden and get lost in a world of flavour.

Details

Address: Corner Gordon Road, 2 Keith Ave, Florida North, Johannesburg, 1709

Visit their website at http://lesdelicesdefrance.co.za/ email them at [email protected] or call them on 011 027 8668.

Opening times:

Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays: 12:00 – 14:00, 18:30 – 22:00
Wednesdays: 12:00 – 145:00, 18:30 – 22:00
Thursdays: 12:00 – 14:00, 18:30 – 22:00
Fridays: 12:00 – 14:00, 18:30 – 22:00
Saturdays: 18:30 – 22:00
Sundays: 12:00 – 14:00

By Shawn Greyling

What Is It?

Calexico at 44 Stanley (famous for their tasty food, signature cocktails and craft beers) is teaming up with MANGERmanje for a new series of delicious events to delight every foodie. The Prosecco and MCC Festival will be one of these events. Who doesn't love a little bubbly? You can expect  to choose from tonnes of bubblies, as well as plates of appetising flavour served all day. End off 2018 the right way at Calexico.

When Is It?

Saturday, 8 December 2018 at 11:00

Where Is It?

Calexico, 44 Stanley Avenue, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Prices have not been announced yet.

For More Information?

For more information, visit the Calexico website.

What Is It?

The Bubbly Sessions is The Arbour Cafe & Courtyard's new event series, in collaboration with Mangermanje,  celebrating the best MCC's and Prosecco's on the market. The restaurant is a French-inspired café and crêperie, rich with flavour, diversity and authenticity. This restaurant has a very intimate vibe to it and is perfect for this kind of events. The sessions will offer a bubbly tasting paired with a specially designed 4-course meal. Each event will have a menu unique to each event. Bookings for this tasting are essential so secure your space ASAP. There will also be a day-long Bubbly Festival to end the series off with a bang.

When Is It?

Thursday 15 November 2018 at 18:00

Where Is It?

Arbour Cafe & Courtyard, Shop 6, 64 Andrew Street, Cnr Wrenrose Avenue, Birdhaven, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R495 per person and can be booked here

For More Information?

For more information visit the Arbour Cafe facebook page or the restaurant's website.

What Is It?

The Bubbly Sessions is The Arbour Cafe & Courtyard's new event series, in collaboration with Mangermanje, celebrating the best MCC's and Prosecco's on the market. The restaurant is a French-inspired café and crêperie, rich with flavour, diversity and authenticity. This restaurant has a very intimate vibe to it and is perfect for this kind of events. The sessions will offer a bubbly tasting paired with a specially designed 4-course meal. Each event will have a menu unique to each event. Bookings for this tasting are essential so secure your space ASAP. There will also be a day-long Bubbly Festival to end the series off with a bang.

When Is It?

Thursday, 20 September 2018 at 18:00 - 21:00.

Where Is It?

Arbour Cafe & Courtyard, Shop 6, 64 Andrew Street, Corner Wrenrose Avenue, Birdhaven, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R495 per person and can be booked here.

For More Information?

For more information visit the Arbour Cafe facebook page or the restaurant's website.

What Is It?

The Bubbly Sessions is The Arbour Cafe & Courtyard's new event series, in collaboration with Mangermanje,  celebrating the best MCC's and Prosecco's on the market. The restaurant is a French-inspired café and crêperie, rich with flavour, diversity and authenticity. This restaurant has a very intimate vibe to it and is perfect for this kind of events. The sessions will offer a bubbly tasting paired with a specially designed 4-course meal. Each event will have a menu unique to each event. Bookings for this tasting are essential so secure your space ASAP. There will also be a day-long Bubbly Festival to end the series off with a bang.

When Is It?

Thursday 30 August 2018 at 18:00

Where Is It?

Arbour Cafe & Courtyard, Shop 6, 64  Andrew Street, Cnr Wrenrose Avenue, Birdhaven, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R495 per person and can be booked here.

For More Information?

For more information visit the Arbour Cafe facebook page or the restaurant's website.

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