12 April 2017

Marigold - A debut for the French Fine Dining Town of Franschhoek

A debut for the French Fine Dining Town of Franschhoek, Marigold on the main street is the first authentically Indian restaurant of its kind and it’s making a fiery impression.

Having recently opened its doors, Marigold, reminiscent of authentic India, evokes the exotic with its small plated menu inspired by aromatic and spicy North Indian cuisine. From fragrant curries and flavourful biryanis to succulent meat cooked in the charcoal tandoor, few Indian spots deliver the complexity and depth of flavour you can expect at this jewel.

 

Headed up by seasoned chef Vanie Padayachee, a master at tempering and blending spices, Vanie enhanced Marigold’s offering by experiencing the culture and cuisine in India first hand, and in turn bringing the Marigold diners an authentically Indian experience.  

The Restaurant

Exposed brickwork, wooden flooring, bold patterned wallpaper, banquette-style seating clad in African-inspired textiles, riempie screen dividers and an atmospheric courtyard create a stylish yet simple setting.

  

The Food

Exquisite settings aside, the colourful courses undoubtedly dominate here.

Start with CHAAT, otherwise known as Indian savouries, examples of this are Aloo Matar Samosa stuffed with potato, peas and fragrant spices, fried and served with tamarind chutney; or Aloo Tikki Chole Chaat, a popular street food from New Delhi, shallow-fried potato patties filled with spiced Bengal gram, seasoned and served with Indian chickpea curry, and garnished with onions, fresh coriander and mint chutney.

From the clay oven, Paneer Tikkam - soft cubes of paneer marinated overnight with saffron, yoghurt, cream cheese and traditional mix of Indian spices, basted and grilled in a tandoor with peppers, onions and tomatoes, garnished with onion rings and green coriander served with coriander mint chutney; or versions thereof with lamb or chicken.

Not forgetting their sublime curries and Indian breads, biryani, salads and raita to mop up every last morsel of their delectable sauces.

If you have space for sweet treats, Indian ice cream made with boiled milk, sugar and fragrant spices or creamy Phirni with ground rice and mango are two you can choose from.

The Wine

With prime positioning for good wines, Marigold pairs highly rated platter wines, with an array of Méthode Cape Classiques, reds, white, rosés and aperitifs.

Opening hours Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday 12h00 - 15h00 Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 18h00 - 22h00 To make a reservation, call 021 876 8970 or email restaurant@marigoldfranschhoek.com

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