After having run the enormously successful Cafe Flo and Over Flo, Tim and Lisa traded the hectic pace of trendy Greenside, for the relaxed country lifestyle of picturesque Franschhoek. Long renowned as a town with a multitude of good restaurants, Essence has found its own niche thanks to its great location. Well positioned on the main road, it has the added advantage of a very attractive shady deck overlooking the tranquil stream coupled with gorgeous mountain views which certainly make it most appealing for al fresco dining.
Inside the cosy interior with its continental ambience you will find comfortable couches for relaxing with the newspaper or a coffee bar counter for those in need of a quick pick me up before tackling the plethora of interesting shops in this quaint little town. Serving the best Illy coffee, Essence is popular with both locals and tourists alike and is busy from early in the morning until sunset.
Breakfast is certainly King at Essence with a huge variety on offer. Options range from the Farmhouse (which has everything but the kitchen sink) to the more sophisticated scrambled eggs with Franshhchoek smoked trout, capers and onion. If you like to start the day with something a little sweeter, then the waffles with bacon, brie, fig and maple syrup is highly recommended.
Throughout the day diners can fill up on freshly made sandwiches (available with panini, rye, bagel or pita bread) with substantial fillings such as the rump strips, onions, tomato, rocket and mustard, or an Asian inspired salad like the roast duck with bean thread and peanut sauce. You can also indulge with a slice of heavenly cheesecake or fluffy lemon meringue, or just good old fashioned scones with strawberry jam. Main courses feature some traditional favourites including Bobotie with yellow rice and a Lamb curry with sambals.
Driving into Franschhoek on the R45 continue into the centre of town. You will see Essence across the Post Office on your right hand side.
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Shop 7 Huguenot Square
Light MealsBreakfastCoffee ShopContinental
Summer Months: 07:00 - 19:00
Winter Months: 07:00 - 18:00