The Charming Story of Deux Lions: A Serene Retreat in Franschhoek

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Deux Lions Franschhiek

Tucked away on La Bourgogne Farm, Deux Lions is a charming and elegant restaurant that provides a serene retreat for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. From the moment you arrive, you are greeted by the soothing sound of a mountain stream that runs through the garden, creating a spritz of freshness on a hot summer’s day.

A Warm and Welcoming Interior

Step inside the contemporary and stylish indoor dining room, and you’ll be greeted by warm cinnamon-hued walls, comfortable chairs, and wide doors that open onto a leafy view of the mountain stream. The adjacent lounge, with its slate-tiled fireplace and comfortable armchairs, provides a cozy refuge in cooler weather.

Deux Lions Specialties that Delight the Senses

Deux Lions is the brainchild of head chef Nanda Cardoso, whose menu is adaptable, approachable, and pitch-perfect for family and friends seeking the elusive middle ground between fine-dining establishments and casual cafes. The menu is intentionally short, with only five starters and four mains, but there is something for everyone. The starters double as small plates to share, and the charcuterie and cheese platters are perfect for those looking for a light lunch.

Nanda brings skillful creativity to her menu, focusing on flavor over theatrics. The dishes are simply presented, but they will delight the senses. For the no-fuss brigade, there are delicious dishes such as lamb rump with pink peppercorn jus and hasselback potatoes. For the foodie, there are more complex plates that are reminiscent of her Chefs Warehouse background. Starters are already a favorite of locals, such as the panko prawns.

Good to know about Deux Lions

Deux Lions provides a pet-friendly environment, which means your furry friend can join you while you dine. The short kids’ menu is perfect for families with young children.

Contact Data

  • Address: La Bourgogne Farm, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek
  • Phone: 021 876 3245
  • Website:
  • Working Time:
    • Tuesday + Sunday: 11am – 5pm
    • Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 8pm (summer)

Deux Lions is a hidden gem in Franschhoek that is well worth discovering. While there may be room for improvement in table management, the service provided by the wait staff is excellent. Deux Lions is the perfect spot to relax and kick back, elegant but unpretentious, welcoming to kids and pets: what Nanda calls barefoot luxury.

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