Set in the iconic main street of Franschhoek, Dutch East Restaurant embodies the eclectic mix of this heritage town. The menu imbues a cultural mix of flavours that meet in an environment characterised by delightful hospitality & culinary excellence.
Head Chef Pasch du Plooy was born in Pietersburg, Northern Province. He studied at ICA Chef School at Spier and had two practical placements at Bouillabaisse and Reubens. Reuben was his mentor and teacher with food, new methods and precision. He was also his inspiration for wanting to open his own place.
Pasch believes that fresh is best and he always strives to use the freshest ingredients he can get. In trying to improve or change a dish to make it better, Pasch soon realised that focussing on the basics of cooking is the best way to improve your dish. Cooking and using all ingredients in the best way possible and then combining them on a plate. ‘Eating with your eyes’ has a little bit of a mixed meaning to Pasch – a dish can look amazing but wouldn’t taste like anything. You get nothing out of that!
Then again, a dish can look boring, but taste is what people will come back for. So his goal has always been to make the dish taste as good as possible and then present it in an attractive manner, not adding too much to the plate just for the sake of adding it. Everything on the plate must be part of the plate. Pasch’s ultimate goal is to use ingredients that are unique to South Africa, and produce unique and flavourful combinations.
For Starters at Dutch East, try the Grilled Marinated Brown Mushrooms (roasted peppers, aubergines, confit rosa tomatoes, truffle infused – lemon & herb dressing & grated parmesan). For Mains, have the Vegetable Lasagne (grilled aubergine, roasted tomato, balsamic roasted peppers, basil, ricotta, fried spinach, almonds & yellow pepper emulsion) or have the Roasted Duck (Chinese five spice glaze, sweet potato, coconut carrot purée, steamed greens, mushrooms & whole spice pineapple jus). Indulge and order the Fried Pink Lady Apple Pie for dessert, delicate pink apple spiced with cinnamon & ginger, brandy soaked raisins & fried in crispy pastry.
We also sell coffee beans! – We roast our own coffee on a daily basis.
Directions from Cape Town:
Follow the the N1 for approximately 35kms.
10kms before reaching Paarl, take the off ramp to Klapmuts (R44). At the end of the off ramp, turn right under the N1. After 300 metres, drive straight on at the four way crossing and after 200 metres, turn left (follow the sign to Franschhoek).
Drive on for approximately 10kms, until you reach a T-junction then turn right, following the sign to Franschhoek, along the R45. After approximately 20kms you enter Franschhoek – Huguenot Road and you will find the restaurant on the right on the corner of Bordeaux and Huguenot Road.
-33° 54' 37.77''
19° 7' 9.29''
42 Huguenot Road
Monday - Saturday:
Lunch: 12:00 – 15:00
Dinner: 18:30 – 21:00
Lunch Only: 11:30 – 15:45