The Restaurant

Darren Badenhorst’s newest venture is the fully renovated space at the Manor House on the exclusive Leeu Estates in Franschhoek. Le chêne, meaning “The oak tree”, is another testament to the culinary capital where Badenhorst has become synonymous in delivering fine cuisine at his first establishment, Le coin Français. This sister property, with sweeping panoramic views within the glass observatory dining room offers a selection of two or three course dining experiences with the option to add on various courses to create a full tasting menu experience. Utilizing only the finest local ingredients off the estate itself, the menu is a true testament to the diversity and beauty of the region.

Darren Badenhorst

Multiple award-winning Chef de cuisine and owner, Darren Badenhorst, will take diners on a journey through his interpretations of nostalgic food memories encompassing “art on a plate” and leading them through a unique culinary exploration of flavours, textures and interactive creations.

Oelof  Vorster

Heading up the kitchen is internationally experienced Head Chef, Oelof Vorster. After spending time in some of South Africa’s finest establishments chef Oelof brings a wealth of knowledge to the Le chêne team. Creativity and thinking outside of the box is what he does best, implementing classic French techniques with modern flair and ingenuity.

Elroy Parson

After gaining experience in many world class establishments, our Maître d, Elroy Parson ,brings finesse and passion to the front of house team. From arrival to departure, with his refined eye for detail and gracious hosting techniques, he will guide you on a unique and sophisticated dining journey whilst feeling like you are in his own home. He is supported by a seasoned team of motivated and professional local staff who will ensure your experience is of the highest standard.

Munashe “Nash” Kwaramba

Already a known force in the South African wine industry, Nash over sees both Le chêne and Le coin Français’ wine offering as our Group Sommelier. With the “founders Cellar” situated beneath the restaurant, Nash has access to world class varieties and rare vintages dating back to the 1960s. Showcasing the exceptional wine offering of The Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines which are at the forefront of our wine list along with a variety of world class wines to keep any wine aficionado in their element.

View Breakfast Menu

Cold selection R165

One hot selection R155

One choice off the hot option and cold selection R255

Freshly squeezed juices included in both options, please enquire with your server of our daily choices.

Cold selection

A variety of Neil Jewells’ locally cured artisan charcuterie

Locally sourced fine cheeses

Franschhoek trout gravadlax with accompaniments

A selection of breads and pastries from our bakery

Estate made preserves and spreads

Estate mueslis and vanilla infused yoghurt

Seasonal fruit and local berries

Hot selection

Free-range eggs as you like, pork banger, Neil Jewell streaky bacon, foraged mushrooms, roasted heirloom vine tomatoes  


Croque Monsieur- Toasted ciabatta, Neil Jewell Smoked ham, Boerenkaas mornay sauce, Fynbos pickled mustard


Foraged cream of wild mushroom ragout, Brioche croutons, organic poached hens’ egg, cracked black pepper labneh


Eggs Benedict (Ham)/Onassis (Smoked Franschhoek trout)/Florentine (Spinach)


Toasted walnut Brioche French toast, vanilla whipped local honey (add Neil Jewell streaky bacon on request)


“Bokkie breakfast bowl” – Quinoa and toasted seeds, sundried tomato, avocado emulsion, salted Danish feta mousse, bokkie garden herbs (add poached egg upon request)

*Should you have any allergens please advise the manager who will advise on all ingredients used. 

View Platters Menu

Platters to share

From the pastures… R495/R295
A variety of Neil Jewells’ artisanal local charcuterie with estate made preserves, spreads and fresh breads from our bakery


From the water… R495/R295
Cold smoked Franschhoek Trout, West coast snoek pate, Saldana Bay oysters with estate made preserves, spreads and fresh breads from our bakery.


From the fromagerie… R495/R295
A variety of fine local cheeses accompanied by estate made preserves, spreads and fresh breads from our bakery.


From the land… R395/R195
A variety of vegetarian produce freshly prepared from our gardens, with estate made preserves, spreads and fresh breads from our bakery.


“Bokkie garden salad” R75 (add burrata R150)


Lightly toasted estate ciabatta with Boerenkaas, valley verde, semi dried vine tomatoes R95 (add Neil Jewell Parma Ham R30)


Wild Saldanha bay oysters…R50 each


Chefs’ choice of daily fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies – enquire as to our harvested daily selection… R65/R95


French kisses – A tribute to “estate acorns” – 60%, 72% and 80% Valrhona chocolate, toasted hazelnut parfait centre, salted cocoa almond. R100 (three acorns)


*Try our signature estate made “Naartjello Mojito” cocktail R95

View Lunch & Dinner Menu

2 courses R450, 3 courses R550, recommended wine pairings suggested below.

Please see wines served by the glass on our list.

Add Saldanha bay oysters-R50 each, add foie gras course-R275, add French cheese course-R195


Foraged porcini cured Springbok tartare, pickled beetroot carpaccio, spiced sultana gel, turmeric and fynbos pickled mustard

Kloof Street Swartland Rouge 2017


“Naartjcello” cured and cold smoked Franschhoek trout, mountain buchu and estate herb emulsion, valley verde

Leeu Passant ‘Stellenbosch’ Chardonnay 2017


Burrata salad, saffron heirloom tomato ragout, wild rosemary shortbread, estate wild herbs (V)

Mullineux Syrah 2016


Beetroot cured sustainable seabass ceviche, elements of citrus, avocado emulsion, smoked dehydrated chili

Mullineux ‘Leliefontein’ QUARTZ Chenin 2018


18​ ​hour​ ​confit​ ​Karoo​ ​lamb​ ​neck, ​ ​mountain​ ​nettle​ ​and​ ​river​cress​ ​puree, ​ ​edamame, ​ ​Brussel sprout​ ​and​ ​pearl ​onion​ ​cups, brûlée​ ​butternut​ ​spheres, ​ ​lamb​ ​jus gras

Kloof Street Swartland Rouge 2017


Baked and BBQ local hake, prawn and estate wild ginger and garlic risotto, aerated bisque

Mullineux ‘Leliefontein’ QUARTZ Chenin 2018


Salt cured and Parmesan baked cauliflower, vanilla puree, almond textures (V)

Mullineux Old Vines White 2018


Slippery​ ​jack​ ​and​ ​leek​ ​ash​ ​aged​ ​dusted​ ​venison​ ​loin, ​portobello​ ​and​ ​candy​ ​stripe​ ​beet​ ​carpaccio, ​carrot​ ​and cardamom, ​dehydrated​ ​leeks, ​miso​ ​marmalade

Kloof Street Swartland Rouge 2017


“Tribute​ ​to​ ​local​ ​honey” ​- ​bavarois, ​​molten​ ​glaze, bee​ ​pollen, brûlée meringue, ​rose​ ​caviar

Mullineux Straw Wine 2017


Monochrome of summer berries 

Mullineux Straw Wine 2017


Monday to Sunday     07h00–10h30


Monday to Sunday     12h00–14h30


Monday to Sunday     19h00–20h30

Booking is essential

The flagship property in the Leeu Collection, Leeu Estates encompasses various luxury accommodation options, Leeu Spa & Gym, innovative cuisine in Le chêne by Darren Badenhorst, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Indaba – an event and meeting venue, an exceptional art collection and immaculately landscaped gardens.

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021 492 5988


Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek, 7690



A deposit of R200 per guest is required to secure your reservation, payable within 24 hours of making the provisional booking. Please be aware that non-payment constitutes a cancellation of the provisional booking.

A 100% REFUND WILL BE RETURNED for any cancellation or modification made by the guest no later than 48 hours prior to your booking. 

In the case of a late cancellation or no notification of modifications by the guest or a no show, the full deposit per cancelled or absent guest will be held. This is at the sole discretion of Management.

* Please note that children from age 12 and up are welcome to join for lunch & dinner and are permitted to enjoy the tasting menus offered.