Located in Franschhoek, Ryan’s Kitchen stands out as a South African odyssey that incorporates style, technique and a culinary story in every dining experience.
Chef Ryan Smith – together with his wife, Lana – have been successfully introducing a unique flair to local dining for five years. Their tasting menu includes a variety of flavours, from seared tuna paired with rooibos whipped jelly and a ginger granita, to the main of seaweed-crusted impala loin with glazed chicory, cherries and black pepper gel. The menu also comes with a wine pairing.
“When it comes to food and wine pairing, it’s more of an intuition thing for me,” says Lana. “I love South African wines and, living in the wine region, it’s very easy to find wonderful wines. I’ve come across a few boutique wineries with a very small production and careful, personal approach. I like those especially.”
Ryan’s Kitchen also offers a Chef’s Selection four-course menu with an optional wine pairing, as well as an à la carte menu with everything from starters to desserts.
“While Ryan’s Kitchen undoubtedly offers fine dining, it has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere that’s so often lacking in famous food establishments,” says Sawubona editor, Ingrid Wood. “Here the authentic presentation makes the experience cosy and intimate. Perhaps it’s the size of the tiny eatery or the fact that chef Ryan Smith is always there ensuring his patrons are satisfied, or possibly the view of the chefs preparing meals or the simple (but beautiful) space – or maybe it’s the combination of all these things that made me feel as though I was enjoying a meal in a friend’s kitchen.
The food, while intricate and bursting with flavours, is all about beautiful tastes with a South African influence,” she added.