Rustic French Cuisine at Les Delices de France

Know when you walk into a restaurant and immediately feel welcomed? It might have been the “bonjour” I got on arrival, but there’s something unpretentious, authentic and utterly charming about Les Delices de France. Admittedly, I don’t venture to the West Rand very often, but my meal at this restaurant definitely made the commute worth my while.

Les Delices de France is a converted house with the most delightful French owners, Robert Baxa and Claudette Gourjux, who add to the warmth the restaurant exudes.

The dining area is split between two areas and we sat in a cosy room alongside just two other tables. The menu is small but seasonal – the new winter menu offers warm dishes accompanied by a variety of weekly specials. We opted for one of these: lamb neck stew with white wine, tomato, garlic, onion and bay leaves, served with couscous. The lamb was tender and the stew flavourful.

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We also tried a fish dish, which I didn’t enjoy as much- the fish was a bit bony for me but the sauce was good.

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The restaurant also does catering and offers a full service solution with a chef to plate your dishes at your venue, plus waiters and barmen. I was thrilled to find that the dessert menu spanned four pages – my idea of heaven! Expect to find dishes like poached pear in red wine with blackcurrents and coconut ice cream, R60, mini tarte tatin with salted butter caramel ice cream, R50, and of course, a variety of soufflés. I tried the crêpe soufflé with raspberries which wasn’t a great choice, next time I’ll try the normal soufflé.

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The restaurant plans a three- course set menus for special occasions like Fathers Day, Easter etc for R295 pp- great value.

Call 011 027 8668, Address: 2 Keith Avenue, Roodepoort. Visit www.lesdelicesdefrance.co.za