Having not ventured to Franschhoek since before the pandemic began, Bae and I were reminded on a recent visit just how beautiful and charming this village is. The world is starting to look and feel a little more familiar again. We have, of course, to thank Good Food & Co. for encouraging us to explore again by inviting us to check out their updated menu offerings in their new location on Huguenot St.
The restaurant has been under new management since 2020, and the team has been focused on testing and tweaking new dishes that they are proud to put on the menu and based on our experience, they are winning hands down!
Chef Nico Vorster new Asian influenced menu is a fantastic example of how delicious and flavoursome plant-based food can be. Nothing that we tried was remotely close to boring.
The Pea and Mushroom dumplings were an excellent sharing dish that encompassed all the familiar tastes and aromas of Asian cooking.
The Quinoa Fried Rice was a twist on the classic Fried Rice, but adding the nuts and seeds and beetroot and butternut crisps on top with the soy-sesame dressing gave a different level of texture and surpassed flavour expectations. It was delicious!!
A broccoli and cauliflower dish was made infinitely more enjoyable with a sweet and sour sauce, and the Bao Buns, which are making their way onto the permanent menu, were fluffy, filling, and super satisfying. The Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry was full-flavoured and, thankfully for me, not too spicy.
By some miracle, we managed to save a little bit of room for the layered pumpkin parfait and Chocolate Cake, both very different but equally good!
The new venue is far more spacious than the previous one, and you can choose to sit inside or out. With an Asian grocery store next door, they are unlikely to run out of ingredients for anything, and they are also supporting another fantastic local business.
Like so many restaurants these days, Good Food & Co. caters to all dietary preferences, so there’s no excuse that family friends who aren’t plant-based can’t break bread together.
What I loved most about this is that it feels like it offers something different that (to my knowledge) you can’t get in Cape Town. I think we’ve all been fatigued by eating the same (mostly our own) food during the pandemic, but this was like an exciting and different breath of fresh air.