Pete de Bruin and Franck Dangereux wanted to create a place for their families and friends to enjoy great food in relaxed and beautiful setting like Noordhoek where they love living ... The Foodbarn Restaurant is simply a family restaurant for adventurous people with an open door to children. Both, Franck and Pete have two kids themselves. Set in a thatched roof building with parking outside the front door and bare feet are welcome – at the Foodbarn you will find some of the best value fine dining anywhere in Cape Town (with wines that have been selected to match the meals).
Franck's idea was to 'put fine dining on the street' ... serve fine dining style food in a casual environment without the silver service. The food is civilised without being pretentious, that is to say it has natural taste, smells and textures, and much character. Often it looks beautiful too. What is paramount is that it is prepared with respect, savvy and love, then it is the right food for us to eat.
Franck loves to experiment and, although he grew up with a French cuisine background, he likes to combine it with elements of Caribbean, Greek, North African, Thai and Indian cooking styles. His food is prepared with love, respect, knowledge and again, love!
The whole year round, the restaurant is open every day for lunch ... during season, the Foodbarn Restaurant is open on Tuesday through to Saturday evenings and during the Winter they are open on Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
Franck is so passionate about sharing his knowledge and getting people to enjoy excellent food that he runs free interactive cooking demonstrations at The Foodbarn Restaurant during winter (May –October). The aim is not to teach but to encourage people not to be scared of food: "Don’t always cook the same old dishes. We’re trying to get people to eat better." The Foodbarn Restaurant also runs fantastic winter specials, and their famous Winter Wine Evenings take place once a month.
"It’s all about where we are in our lives. It is not about winning awards, it is about creating a space where we can express what we want. It is about giving stuff back, it’s not about the money, it’s not about ourselves. We all support each other and we like to have fun here." says Pete with Franck adding, "We created something that we think we can build on. Life is simple, keep it simple!"
The Foodbarn is also becoming a popular wedding destination (or functions) – they can take 120 people with a dance area if required. Choice of menus with 2/3 choices of starter, main and desserts. No venue hire but exclusivity based on 90 people. In-house function co-ordinators from decor to flower arrangements, music, photographers etc.