Delicious Indian Food at Marigold Restaurant in Franschhoek

Words: Crush | Photography: Matthew Ibbotson

Put your thoughts of typical Indian restaurants on the back burner. Marigold Restaurant in Franschhoek, takes eating North Indian cuisine to another level. Light, elegant modern décor, exotic small portions meant for sharing, as well as the more traditional and familiar dishes.

Marigold restaurant shares a sunny courtyard with a contemporary gallery, The Boutique Gallery, and an artisanal chocolate maker, DV Chocolate Café, in the contemporary redesigned Heritage Square.


Marigold’s Style

The interior is modern and uncluttered with warm splashes of Marigold orange from the leather chair upholstery, large amber water glasses and coloured glass light shades.

The space is flooded with natural light during the day. Large floor to ceiling windows and doors are left wide open, welcoming in guests, and the sunny Franschhoek day, equally.

Expertly designed by local interior decorator, Beverley Boswell, Marigold Restaurant shares the same sense of elegance and refinement that features across the Leeu Collection group.

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Amazing Food at Marigold Restaurant in Franschhoek

The food, without doubt, consists of some of the best North Indian dishes you will find in South Africa. The base flavours of well-known Indian curries have been reinterpreted by chef Vanie Padayachee, keeping their authenticity but presented in more refined and balanced plated dishes. Vanie has been involved in opening many restaurants, as well as a cooking school, and was, most recently, part of the culinary team at Le Quartier Français.

A firm favourite on the Marigold menu is Palak Chaat – crispy spinach leaves in gram flour batter topped with sweetened curd, tamarind, chilli and onion. The light, tempura-like texture and deliciously spiced flavour of the batter complemented by the sweetness of the curd and tamarind, makes this dish unmissable.

Paneer is often a good test of the authenticity and quality of any Indian restaurant’s kitchen. Marigold Restaurant’s paneer is incredibly good with a perfectly soft texture. The paneer has well absorbed Indian spices, yoghurt, cream cheese and the smokey flavours of the tandoor.

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Drinks Selection

Mullineux Wines (part of the Leeu Collection) pair excellently with the spicy upfront dishes. The Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin with its soft floral notes and crisp clean minerality complements and integrates well with the strong and complex flavours of Indian dishes. The subtle textures and drinkability of the Mullineux Swartland Rouge worked really well with the rich, full-bodied curries which followed.

Thali – Indian-style Tapas

Great dining experiences are often those that are shared and Thali is exactly that. A combination of small plates offers plenty of exotic flavours that can be soaked up with your naan. This all works beautifully if you don’t mind sharing your Murg Makhani (butter chicken) with your dining partners. However, you may find that once you’ve taken your first mouthful of tender tandoori chicken and masala gravy,  you may not want to share it!

The concept of thali allows you to taste more dishes in one sitting and menu items include dishes like the robust Mutton Rogan Josh, vibrant vegetable dahls and accompanying Indian salads.

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Service at Marigold Restaurant in Franschhoek

Marigold Restaurant in Franschhoek has tipped the curry pot when it comes to service. The staff are friendly, very well trained and extremely knowledgeable about the dishes and the local wines that they serve. Manager, Clement Edwards, puts it down to the fact that they are all full-time employees of the group, resulting in loyal and well-trained staff. A refreshing change from the lesser trained, seasonal equivalent.

A dining experience at Marigold Restaurant in Franschhoek is spicy, colourful, full of flavour and charm. Not only is it one of the top Indian restaurants in South Africa, it is a fantastic alternative to other more traditional Wineland’s restaurants.

Marigold Restaurant Franschhoek
Heritage Square, 9 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek 7690, Western Cape, South Africa
Open May to October: 12h00–14h30 & 18h00–21h00 | November to April: 12h00–14h30 & 18h00–22h00
021 876 8970 | Email

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