Today we’re heading deep into the Cape Winelands to the beautiful town of Franschhoek. One of my favourite places in the world, it’s also one of the oldest towns in South Africa and known as the food and wine heartland of the country. There are so many amazing restaurants and vineyards to try out, all set in the most beautiful of surroundings. It truly is a little piece of paradise that I love to visit. And there’s always somewhere new to discover – like the first restaurant serving ethnic cuisine in the village.
Marigold is set in Franschhoek’s main street and offers spicy North Indian cuisine from the expert hand of chef Vanie Padayachee who hails from Durban (the hub of Indian cuisine in South Africa) and has also spent time in India, making sure it’s a wonderfully authentic selection.
There’s a comprehensive menu to peruse, so the box of tasty poppadoms and dips was a welcome arrival to snack on while we did some serious decision making.
What’s on the menu
I think the decision making got all a bit too much for us, everything sounded so delicious – so we hedged our bets by ordering the non-vegetarian thali to share. A beautifully presented tray arrived with seven dishes from different sections of the menu. We loved every mouthful. The dal tadka was amazing – slow cooked lentils tempered with whole red chilli, ginger, garlic, cumin and mustard seeds. We also snacked on crispy spinach leaves, tandoori chicken, lamb kebabs and a stunning salad of carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, and onions seasoned with cumin powder, lemon juice and fresh coriander.
Also on the platter were two little bowls of chilli deliciousness. Fresh chopped green chilli and an incredibly spicy chilli paste. Seriously tongue tingling.
Dessert was included in our thali selection, and what a good thing that was, too. I very rarely order pudding in Indian restaurants which is clearly a big mistake. The kulfi was delectable. A trio of Indian ice creams were made with boiled milk, sugar and fragrant spices. Such delightful flavours of cardamom and cinnamon. Gotta eat more Indian deserts.
What a great addition Marigold is to the wonderful Franschhoek restaurantland. Another reason to head back to paradise in the Winelands!
Today’s price point
Finally, the bill.
Tonight’s food cost R501 which is about £29 at today’s exchange rate.
White wine starts from R130 (£7.60) a bottle.
Red wine starts from R165 (£9.70) a bottle.
Marigold is at Heritage Square, 9 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek.