Cape Town’s latest culinary gem, La Petite Colombe, opened its doors this week.

The Franschhoek-based eatery, sister to the famed La Colombe at the Silvermist Wine Estate at Constantia Nek, adds a world-class touch to the already bustling foodie scene in the Mother City and surrounds. La Petite Colombe will offer innovative 8 and 12-course tasting menus, welcoming guests with the style and flavour reminiscent to that of the award-winning sister establishment – a contender in the world’s top 100 restaurants.

La petite Colombe by Claire Gunn

Focusing on the finest local and seasonal produce, dishes will be paired with a rare and fine wine selection. The kitchen will be rounded up by the experienced John-Norris Rogers, a skilled chef who has plied his trade not only at La Colombe, but in the Swiss Alps and in Oslo too, the latter being a stint at the 3 star Michelin Restaurant Maaemo under renowned chef Esben Holmboe Bang.

John Norris-Rogers by Claire Gunn

When asked what his passion and vision for the cooking industry is, he says, “I love the fact that the industry is constantly evolving – especially at a fine dining level. There is always a chef somewhere in the world doing something unique and special at any given time. This keeps everyone on their toes and keeps everyone pushing the boundaries and making new discoveries in the cooking world. It’s incredibly exciting! The world of food is so dynamic. I hope to never lose sight of how important and refreshing it is to keep discovering new foods, trends, flavours, cultures, techniques, and thereby inspiring creativity!”

La petite Colombe by Claire Gunn

While dining at La Petite Colombe might not be a regular feature for many Capetonians due to its upward cost for the tasting menus, it will be best enjoyed by locals for special occasions or for memorable affairs which require celebration in the beautiful Franschhoek setting – with the sophisticated La Colombe experience which we have come to love (when our budget permits!)

Where Le Quartier Français Hotel, Cnr Huguenot St. and Berg St., Franschhoek, Western Cape, 7690
Contact, +27 (0)21 202 3395

Photography Claire Gunn


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