Reuben Riffel launches new Franschhoek eatery

South African chef, Reuben Riffel, has opened Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar in Daniel Hugo Street, almost diagonally opposite where the original Reuben’s stood in Main Street, Franschhoek.

Seating is available in the main restaurant area or outside in the courtyard. There is also a private dining room which can accommodate 16 people for private functions. The menu offers a choice of small plates or starters which can be shared tapas-style, or guests can opt for a more traditional three-course meal. The menu is elective with Asian influences and local ingredients.

Highlights include the poke bowl of smoked Franschhoek salmon trout with wasabi, pickled ginger, compressed cucumber, sesame and yuzu soy; charsui pork belly with ham hock fritter, chilli-ginger caramel and spicy salad; springbok steak with butternut-honey, bacon candy, walnuts, pickled cabbage and game sauce; and lemon yuzu tart.

Riffel has plans for the outside courtyard, where the airplane wing from the original Reuben’s now forms part of the bar area. “I’m thinking of serving espetadas, fresh off the fire with a simple salad and a glass of wine for those wanting to pop in for a quick bite to eat. I see tables of people sitting in the warm sun sharing various small plates and tasting the local wines on offer or trying a selection of the craft beer from the Franschhoek Beer Co that I’ve been involved with. I’m dreaming of fairy-lights and live music and good food.”

Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar is situated at 2 Daniel Hugo Street, Franschhoek. Open Monday to Sunday (closed Tuesdays) for lunch from 12m to 3pm and for dinner from 6:30pm to 9pm. For reservations call 021 8763772 or visit